Berlin’s fascinating and dynamic history make it a great city for sightseeing. Here are 5 things not to miss on a trip to the German capital:
Berlin Wall – Though most of the Wall was destroyed in 1990, you can still visit a good 1.3 km. stretch of it that’s now called the East Side Gallery- it’s been covered with murals by international artists over the past twenty years. Take the S-Bahn to Ostbahnhof for a quick walk to this part of the wall. There are multiple bike and walking tours you can take to this area, but Sandeman’s New (free!) Berlin Tour is a great pick. They’ll take you all over the city, to the Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, another “don’t miss” site to see in Berlin.
Museum Island – Museum lovers rejoice! There’ll be no need to traverse the city to hit five of Berlin’s most important museums, because they are conveniently packed together on one island in the River Spree! Exhibiting everything from ancient sculptures to Byzantine collections, the museums were supposedly designed to create an organic relationship with the art they respectively house. An interesting idea to take with you to the island!
Mauer Park – For a more off-beat experience, head to Berlin’s Mauer Park to take part in some of the city’s quirky pastimes. On Sundays, the park puts on Berlin’s best flea market where you can search for all kinds of treasures with locals and visitors alike. Also on Sundays, a nearby amphitheater in the park features the “Bearpit Karaoke Show,” inviting anyone and everyone to come on stage and show their talent!
Zoological Garden – Berlin’s largest central park, the Tiergarten, features the country’s oldest and best-known zoo. Why is this one not to miss? Simply because it presents the most comprehensive collection of animals in the world! Just try to see all 1,500 species and over 17,000 animals here in a day- it’s a challenge!
Reichstag – A city with such a diverse range of architecture like Berlin just begs to be viewed from the sky! Catch an aerial perspective from the Reichstag, the official seat of German Parliament. The building’s roof will give you a breathtaking panoramic view of the city below, and the all-glass dome allows you to peer right into Parliament! Going up to the roof is free, but you must register online to visit.
Berlin is a great destination to acces, with some of the cheapest flights into here from all around the continent so there’s never been a better time to visit. Jump onboard!