Visiting Berlin you might be disappointed first because all of its
more than 750 years of history with former and present glory
doesn’t meet the eye at once. What you will notice very soon
is that Berlin is a very green town with lots of water and even more
bridges than Venice. Berlin can please your eye or blow you away,
what ever you wish for.
Hotspots and tours you should see at least once.
The core of history manifests in today’s and former residences
of power. Today’s German Government resides at the Bundestag (Reichstag building, parliament), Bundeskanzleramt (Chancellor, leader of
legislation), and Bellevue Palace (Bundespräsident,
President, mostly representative). Take time to walk through the
Reichstag Dome. The different Ministers (members of a governmental
cabinet) and their administrative bodies are scattered in
The biggest and most famous palace in Berlin is Charlottenburg Palace, which is dating back to
the turn of the 17th century. You should take some time for visiting
and stroll through the beautiful park like many natives do daily.
A great daytrip is visiting the palace and gardens on Peacock
Island dating back to the turn of the 18th century. Situated at
the lake Wannsee you can take a pleasure boat and enjoy the voyage
and the sightseeing.
One of the surely most famous places to visit is outside of Berlin
in Potsdam Rococo style Sanssouci
Palace and its park dating back to the midst 18th century. There are
more palaces around, but it will take you weeks to visit them all. Here you find a list of all palaces and castles
in and around Berlin.
The most enjoyable and easiest ways to get a great impression of
sights and places in Berlin is taking a boat! With lots of water in
Berlin you can choose different tours ranging from 1 hour to a whole
day, then covering the lakes around Berlin. The best tours are
offered by Stern
und Kreisschiffahrt, Reederei
Riedel and Reederei Winkler. You find the places for
boarding the boats on the websites. Something mostly overlooked by
tourists and citizens are the great bridges of Berlin. In case you
make a boat trip you will recognize them, maybe take some time to
visit a few more.
To get an impression of the old-style Berlin, i.e. from the turn of
the 19th century, you should walk through the streets of
Charlottenburg. Start from famous boulevard Kurfürstendamm
and take the small streets left and right. You will see great
facades and buildings when you start taking the smaller streets. In
case you get the chance to take a glimpse into a backyard, be
respectful, but try it – its something Berlin is famous for
In Mitte you can stroll along the rebuild grand boulevard Unter den Linden starting from famous Brandenburg Gate. You will get an impression of
the former glory of Prussia.
Modern post-unification architecture you can visit at the new
pounding heart of Berlin around the Potsdamer
Platz. There you can go shopping, visit some great shows, find
your luck in a casino or enjoy food and drinks in a tourism friendly
Every visitor needs a picture with the most famous Worldtime
Clock, the best view over the city you get from the Fernsehturm Berlin. You surely should walk
through Kreuzberg, a district mostly inhabiting foreign workers
since the 1960s and now hit by gentrification.
You want to see how the glory of the former socialistic part of
Germany, GDR) looks like? Visit their grand boulevard
Karl-Marx-Allee starting from Strausberger Platz you can walk all through to
Frankfurter Allee. You will get an impression of it and find shops
and restaurants along the way – go there, do it! To get an
impression of the everyday architecture in socialism you should
drive through Lichtenberg and Marzahn – two of the districts
with highest unemployment rate – for hardcore visitors only.
Lastly, as a daily reminder for everyones consciousness of the
horror of Nazi history there is the Project Stolpersteine
(stumbling blocks). Seeing the blocks with the names of displaced
and murdered people on the street reminds that the terror and horror
were omnipresent. Further there is the Holocaust Memorial in rememberance of the Jews
of Europe killed during this dark period. In Oranienburg is the memorial sight and museum
about the concentration camp Sachsenhausen.