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Things To See in Berlin, Germany

Finding somewhere to spend the day in Berlin is never difficult. The best thing about sightseeing here is that you can do so much without spending a cent. Some of the city’s best architecture can be seen from walking the city’s streets, particularly in East Berlin.

Museums are dotted all over the city – there are 170 of them in total! Some of the best of them are dedicated to WWII, the history of the city’s art and culture, local artists and some modern subjects such as the evolution of technology. But undoubtedly the most famous part of the city for museums is Museumsinsel (Museum Island) where you will the German capital’s best-known museums.

You may find that most of the city’s most popular sights are in East Berlin, but don’t leave without visiting West Berlin, where you will sense a ‘city centre’ more so than in its counterpart.

Attractions in Berlin

  • Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

    Friedrichstasse 43-45, Berlin, Germany

    This museum just beside the infamous checkpoint which acted as the border of the state. Inside the history of the Berlin Wall is chronicled along with different parts of the remaining wall.

    Open 9am-10pm.

  • Olympic Stadium

    Olypmic Stadium, U-Bahn to Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany

    The 1936 Olympic Games are most famous for Jessie Jones' four gold medals which put Hitler is in place. The stadium is currently under reconstruction to be ready for the World Cup in 2006.

    Tours by reservation only and cost €5-€10 (10-person minimum).

  • Kunsthaus Tacheles

    Oranienburgerstrasse 54-56A, Berlin, Germany

    This exhibition houses some 40 studio's of local artists and always has exhibitions to visit. There are also places to hold dance and theatre perfomances.

    Open 2pm-midnight Mon-Fri, 11am-midnight Sat and Sun.

  • Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden)

    Königin-Luisestrasse 6-8, Berlin, Germany

    These huge gardens are great to explore and contain one of the largest Palm Houses in the world.

  • Schloss Charlottenburg

    Luisenplatz, Berlin, Germany

    This baroque palace in Berlin is one of only a few remaining palaces where you can see the magnificence of the royal Hehenzollern clan. This palace was builty round the end of the 17th centrury. There are several other important buildings within the Schlossgarten (Palace Garden)

  • Brandenburger Tor

    Unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany

    This gate was built during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II as a symbol of peace. However, the gate became a symbol of East-West division and as a locked door in the Berlin Wall.

  • Berlin Wall

    East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

    The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 to divide Berlin into East and West. It was 160km long, but now only bits remain. The longest remaining portion is the brightly painted East Side Gallery.

  • Reichstag

    North of the Brandenburger Tor., Berlin, Germany

    This is where the German parliament sit. For a number of years the German parliament met in a different location but ever since April, 1999, they have been sitting there again.

  • Berlin Zoo

    Budapesterstr.34, Berlin, Germany

    This zoo houses an exotic collection of animals as well as a spectacular aquarium.

    Open May-Sept. daily 9am-6:30pm; Oct.-Feb. 9am-5pm; Mar.-Apr. 9am-5:30pm. Cost:€6, students €5.

  • Pergamon Museum

    Kupfergraben, Berlin, Germany

    A fabulous ancient history museum that houses a famous collection of antiquities including the very impressive Pergamon Altar.

    Open Tues.-Sun. 9am-5pm.

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