Things to do in Berlin
Perhaps the most recognisable landmark of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is one of the first sites any visitor wants to see. A symbol of the division between East and West Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is a surviving historical city gate. The neo-classical style, inspired by the Acropolis in Athens, has to be seen in person to be appreciated.
Berlin - Brandenburg Gate
Home of the German parliament, the Reichstag is an amazing piece of architectural work and a historical landmark. With some sections still bearing bullets and graffiti left by Soviet soldiers, the Reichstag is a blend of old and new Germany. In addition, the Reichstag has both permanent art collections and changing exhibitions for viewing. There's an onsite restaurant if you fancy something to eat after exploring the grounds.
Berlin - Reichstag
Berlin Wall and East Side Gallery
Dividing the city for almost 30 years, sections of the Berlin Wall are still in place, providing some insight into its history. The East Side Gallery, found on the banks of the Spree, was established after the fall of the Berlin Wall. An open-air gallery, sections of the wall have been painted by 118 artists from 21 countries.
Berlin - Berlin Wall
Officially opened in 2005, the Holocaust Memorial can be found in the middle of the city. Stretching more than 19,000m2, the memorial is a place of contemplation in an unconventional design. Along with the memorial is the information centre, where you can find photographs, personal letters and diary entries from those who spent time here.
Berlin - Holocaust Memorial
The opulent stylings of Berlin's largest palace, Charlottenburg Palace, make this a stop well worth exploring with a day pass. From the gilded gallery to the festival halls, Charlottenburg Palace is a popular Berlin landmark you'll definitely want to see. If you happen to visit in December, you can even take in the Christmas markets, where you can purchase arts, crafts, and traditional German festive treats.
Berlin - Charlottenburg
For 360° views of Berlin, Fernsehturm (or the ‘TV Tower'), is the place to visit. The tallest structure in Germany, stretching 368m tall, the TV Tower's viewing platform is not to be missed. Like many Berlin landmarks, the tower is steeped in history but also acts as a symbol of modern Germany. You'll find a bar and restaurant here, so you can enjoy a cocktail while taking in the views.
Berlin - Frensehturm
A visit to Pergamon Museum in Berlin is a must if art of the Ancient East intrigues you. Filled with artefacts that were gathered from Iran, Egypt, the Caucasus and Asia, the museum is beautifully styled to allow for up-close viewing. Be sure to see the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, as well as the Roman Market Gate of Miletus, which date back to the 2nd century.
Berlin - Pergamon Museum
East Side Gallery
Established in 1990, the East Side Gallery is a fabulous place to understand some of Berlin's history. Once a section of the wall that divided Berlin, the East Side Gallery is the longest open-air gallery in the world. Painted with iconic imagery, including the well-known ‘Fraternal Kiss', you will want to bring your camera as you wander this section.
Checkpoint Charlie Museum
Mauermuseum, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Checkpoint Charlie Museum) takes its name from the crossing point on the Berlin Wall. Showing escape plans from East Germany, as well as original pieces of the Berlin Wall, the museum is a fascinating look at the role the wall played in the city's history. You'll soon see why this is one of the most visited museums in Berlin.
Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie
Jewish Museum Berlin
Detailing the history of Jewish culture in Germany, the Jewish Museum Berlin is a sight to behold. The architecture is a mixture of angles and zigzags, placing visitors within a piece of artwork. From the entrance, you may choose three different paths, from the Garden of Exile to the Holocaust Axis and the Axis of Continuity.
Berlin - Jewish Museum
A converted bunker, Sammlung Boros is an unlikely home to some of the most contemporary art in Berlin. Filled with a range of mediums, including sculptures, spatial installations and performance-based works, Sammlung Boros is also home to the private Boros Collection. The museum hosts work from artists Wolfgang Tillmans, Tobias Rehberger and Damian Hirst, with almost 500 pieces on display.