Berlin AttractionsBerlin is teeming with history and its key attractions bear testimony to that. The sobering Checkpoint Charlie and Jewish Museum are just two examples of the many sights that serve as a stark reminder of Germany's complex past and history buffs will enjoy exploring all the museums and memorials the German capital has to offer. The remains of the infamous Berlin Wall are now the Eastside Gallery, the largest open-air gallery in the world, displaying graffiti from more than 118 artists from around the world. It has become a major landmark in the city and a wonderful tourist attraction.
Younger travellers will enjoy a visit to the Legoland Discovery Centre, where the children and the young at heart can marvel at the wonder that is Lego. The historic Hamburger Bahnhof, one of the most popular art galleries, is a must for culture lovers, while the Postdamer Platz is a wonderful place to explore. The square, boasting a fantastic mix of restaurants, shopping centres, hotels, a casino, theatres and cinemas, draws both locals and tourists seeking good food and recreation. The Kollhoff building, located in the square, features a panorama platform, which can be reached by Europe's fastest express elevator, and offers breath-taking views of the city.
The Berlin Welcome Card offers discounts on most of Berlin's major attractions, as well as free travel on public transport within the city for one adult and up to three children aged six to 13. The price ranges depending on how many days the card is required for. Culture vultures can also purchase the Berlin Museum ticket, which is valid for three consecutive days, and allows free entry to about 40 museums. Both cards can be bought from railway stations and tourist information centres, or online.
Brandenburg GateThe impressive and symbolic Brandenburg Gate that lay forlorn for so long in the no man's land behind the Berlin Wall, is now once again renovated and accessible, along with the newly reconstructed Pariser Platz that links the gate to the beautiful Unter den... see full details
Checkpoint CharlieThe infamous border crossing point in the wall dividing West and East Berlin has now become a shrine to the wall's memory with the addition of a museum, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. For nearly three decades, between 1961 and 1990, Checkpoint Charlie in... see full details
Berlin Wall East Side GalleryThe remains of the infamous Berlin Wall have now become the largest open-air art gallery in the world. The longest section of the wall, which has been preserved, stretches from Ostbahnhof station to the Oberbaumbrucke, and has been given over to graffiti artists from... see full details
Berlin Jewish MuseumSince opening in 2001, the Berlin Jewish Museum in Lindenstrasse has gained an international reputation for its significant architecture and unique exhibitions that bring history to life. The bulk of the museum is housed in a windowless and doorless steel-clad, silver building, designed by... see full details
Hamburger BahnhofOne of the most popular art galleries in Berlin is housed in a former train station. The historic Hamburger Bahnhof, built in 1846 at the Tiergarten, was badly damaged during World War II, but has been restored and reopened as an exhibition venue... see full details
Potsdamer PlatzPotsdamer Platz is the heart and soul of the 'New Berlin', which has emerged since the fall of the wall in 1989. The original square was once one of the busiest junctions in Europe, with a major train station situated on it. However,... see full details
The Story of BerlinOne of Berlin's most popular attractions, this unusual exhibition recounts the history of the German capital city from its foundation until the fall of the Wall in 1989. The Story of Berlin is divided into 25 themed rooms and pays attention to the... see full details
GendarmenmarktSaid to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the Gendarmenmarkt is certainly one of the most impressive in Berlin, created as a marketplace in the 17th century. During World War II most of the buildings surrounding the square were destroyed,... see full details
Charlottenburg PalaceSchloss Charlottenburg is the largest and oldest palace in Berlin. The 18th-century Baroque structure was originally constructed as the summer home for Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Elector Frederick III who became the first Prussian king. The splendid interiors are festooned with art masterpieces,... see full details
Berliner DomThe Berlin Cathedral was built between 1895 and 1905 and is a magnificent basilica that stands on the site of several earlier structures. It is the largest church in the city and is an active Protestant church that holds services, concerts and tours... see full details
Pergamon MuseumThe huge Pergamon Museum has three main departments: the Antiquity Collection, the Islamic Art Museum, and the Middle East Museum, that house parts of reconstructed monumental buildings transported from excavation sites in foreign lands, or faithful replicas thereof. The Antiquity Collection contains the Pergamon Altar... see full details
Allied MuseumOccupying an abandoned movie theatre, the Allied Museum is located on the former US Army Europe's Berlin Brigade headquarters, and houses exhibits and displays detailing the history of the Allied forces in Germany in World War II and up until 1994. Three-quarters of the... see full details
ReichstagThe Reichstag is one of Berlin's most famous buildings. The seat of Germany's parliament since 1894, the building has had a volatile history, being damaged in World War II, wrapped in a sheet by conceptual artist Christo in 1995, and massively reconstructed in the... see full details
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