- Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor in German) marks a very prominent place on the cultural and historical map of Berlin. This beautiful triumphal arch stands at the end of the Unter den Linden Boulevard. It is considered a symbol of the extremely rich history of Germany. Not a part of the original fortifications, it is believed that it was set up to separate the regions. Although, it was constructed as a symbol of peace, it became like a portal for the people on both the sides while Germany was still separated. While in the past, it used to be an important symbol of the separation of Germany into east and West, today it is a powerful symbol of the unification due to its historical significance.
- Museum Island
The Museum Island is worth a visit even just for its old-timey charm and the sheer grandeur when it is lit up at night. It is undoubtedly a beautiful place but it holds such an important chunk of cultural heritage that its beauty is enhanced manifold.
Museum Island in the name given to the 5 museums, out of the 17 state museums which are housed in the northern part of an island on the Spree river.
The following five museums constitute it:
- Altes Museum
- Alte Nationalgalerie
- Neues Museum
- Pergamon Museum
- Unter den linden Street
The Unter Den Linden Boulevard should definitely feature on your Berlin travel itinerary. It is a road flanked on both sides by lemon trees which gives the entire place a very enchanting feel during the day and during the night, the lit up boulevard is simply magical. The equestrian statue of Friedrich Wilhelm II adorns one end of the road.
The Reichstag is today the seat of the German Parliament and holds a very prominent place in the history of Germany. It’s amazing how in the past it was a reflection of imperial rule in Germany, but today it is the face of a new democratic Germany.
The Reichstag has seen its share of bad days, with a destructive fire and complete ignorance post in World War II, the Reichstag has come out stronger than before. There is a beautiful light sculpture made up of mirrors inside the building. They in a way enhances its old charm and adds to its modern beauty. While the exteriors are restored from the original building, the interiors are modern and eclectic. A definite must see for any Berlin tourist. Find a trip designed around this famous attraction: 1 day in Berlin, 2 days in Berlin’s itinerary.
- Zoological Garden (Berlin Zoo)
The Zoological Garden or the Berlin Zoo is located on the western side of Tiergarten. It is definitely one of the most loved attractions in the city of Berlin. The most striking feature of the zoo is that it has special habitats made for every animal. Special architects were commissioned for each exhibit and therefore the adaptability of the animals was really quick, as it was made specially for them.
There are birds, mammals and a huge variety of animals that you will come across while exploring the zoo. You should definitely not miss out on the Polar bear here who’s made the zoo his home and has adapted really well or for that matter even the big cats that would amuse you with their ferociousness yet a charming nature. The amazing part is that most of the animals are roaming almost freely in their areas which makes this place a delight to see.
- Olympia Stadium
The Olympia Stadium in Berlin is a historical and cultural Landmark of utmost importance. Although Olympics have been held here only in 1936, sports today in Berlin could not be imagined without the mention of it. This stadium is easily one of the most striking stadiums in the world. The architecture is truly remarkable. We should not forget legacy left by the prestigious games that have been played here as it is one of the biggest hubs for international games currently.
- Victory Column
Berlin Victory Column is a mark of German history and represents the victory of the Prussian in the German- Danish war. Originally designed by Heinrich Strack, this victory column was made between 1864 and 1873. Today it comes in the list of monuments that are put in preservation order. All in all, it represents around three victories. One being the victory of the Prussians in the German-Danish was which took place in the year 1864. Later, the victory of Germans over Austria in the year 1866 was also included. Lastly, the victory of Prussians again over France in the year 1870-71 was put here in the column. The column has around 285 steps which go in a spiral and claim to be fit only for the fittest.
- Treptower Park
Treptower Park is one of the most off beaten attractions of Berlin. It is never crowded by lot of tourists as it does not feature in the main stream must see-must do things in Berlin. But in all honesty, it is one of the most under rated attractions of the city. Treptower Park not only offers you calmness of mind paired with peace as well as serenity, but also an outlook of the Russian war. The famous Soviet War Memorial is housed inside Treptower Park and is almost heart breaking to see the number of soldiers who lost their lives in the whole ordeal. Apart from this, it runs by the Spree River and is a part of one of the most beautiful societies of Berlin- Alt Treptow.
- Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall is one of the biggest historical landmarks in the history of not only Berlin but the entire world. Berlin Wall was initially built to keep out capitalism and protect Berlin and the city from outside forces. Overtime, the Wall saw a lot of attempted escaped and more than a hundred deaths in the process. In 1975, the wall was recreated from roughly 45,000 slabs and today Berlin has the major part of the remaining wall which was built under Soviet Pressure. You can still feel the intensity of the US and Soviet face off once you are at this wall memorial. In all, Berlin Wall marks a very significant place on the historical map of Berlin-which is tragic and enriching at the same time. Berlin Wall tours cover a lot of other monuments as well. This memorial is a place to understand the history and relive the sacrifice of Berliners.
- Sony Centre
Sony Centre is one of the best attractions in the city of Berlin. It is a part of Potsdamer Platz and is one of the best places to get a panoramic view of Berlin from top. It does not only have some lovely bars, but also offers you a rare chance of combining cinema with the luxury of lounging. The kids can have the time of their lives here in the Lego World. Sony Centre is also known for a host of cafes that are sure to enhance your experience. It is also one of those places that combines cinema with luxury and gives movie viewing experience a completely different definition.