Graffiti on the Berlin Wall.


The Berliner Dom in Berlin

Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom is a monumental cathedral with five green domes. The current cathedral was built in 1905, after the design of the St Peter Basilica in Rome. The observation deck around the main dome provides a beautiful view over Berlin. Curious tourists are welcome to visit the crypt belonging to the Royal family.

The cathedral is open every day! Book your tickets online to avoid large queues. Get directions.

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Peacock Island near Berlin


Peacock Island is UNESCO World Heritage and a great site for a daytrip outside of Berlin city. Here you can find the former summer residence of Prussian monarchs, with a fairy-tale castle built under King Friedrich Wilhelm II.

To get to this paradise of silence, where there is no transport, you'll need to take a ferry. Have a look at the official page for more information about Pfaueninsel and practical tips for visitors. Get directions.

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The glass dome on the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin


The Reichstag is the German parliament building, constructed in 1894. Inside you can see traces of bullets and inscriptions left by Soviet soldiers during the storming of the Reichstag in 1945. On top of the building there's a magnificent modern glass dome, turning the Reichstag building into a harmonious blend of old and new.

The entrance is free, but advance online registration is required. Get directions.

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The Babylon Gates in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin


Pergamon is a world-famous museum in the field of ancient art. Here you can see entire ancient structures rebuilt in original style and with the original materials, such as the Ishtar Gate which was the 8th gate to the inner city of Babylon.

The museum is open every day, but some areas (including the Pergamon Altar) are closed due to extensive restoration works. Get directions.

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The Konzerthaus in Berlin

Konzerthaus Berlin

Konzerthaus is a neoclassical-style concert hall built in 1821. It serves as the home ground of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, also known as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. The building attracts not only the attention of lovers of beautiful architecture but also big numbers of tourists who want to enjoy classical music.

See the official website for ticket info. Get directions.

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Shopping in the Sredzkistrasse in Berlin

Sredzkistraße area

Interesting area to discover with tree-lined historical streets, a number of nice restaurants and cafés, and shops of course! In the Sredzkistraße you will mostly find boutiques and local designers. In the Rykestraße and Wörtherstraße it is mostly interior and furniture stores. Get directions.

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The market on Boxhagener Platz in Berlin

Boxhagener Platz Market

The market of Boxhagener Platz belongs undoubtedly to the best in Berlin. Amidst the hip atmosphere of this former part of East-Berlin, visitors stroll the stalls for some cool trinkets, clothes and souvenirs whilst experimenting with freshly prepared bites.

The market is held on Saturdays until 15:30h. See their official webpage (Ge) for some additional details. Get directions.

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Alexanderplatz in Berlin


Alexanderplatz, popularly known simply as 'Alex', received its name in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander I, who visited Berlin in 1805. Until the middle of the 19th century, Alexanderplatz was used as a venue for military parades and as a market square where peasants traded cattle. Today it’s the city's most important transport hub, and a popular shopping area. Get directions.

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The Brandenburger Tor in Berlin

Brandenburger Tor

Once it was only possible to enter Berlin through eighteen gates in a ring wall around historic Berlin. That wall wasn't built for defense, but merely to tax products that were imported into Berlin, or exported products. With further expansion of the city, the wall started to become a hindrance, and was largely demolished. It was only the impressive Brandenburg Gate that was restored after WWII. Get directions.

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Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin

Deutsches Technikmuseum

The German Museum of Technology boasts an impressive collection dedicated to the rich history of engineering and production in Germany. Real aircraft, sailing ships, the first machinery, locomotives and so on! About all the technical magic of the world can be found here.

The museum is absolutely great for adults and children. Closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Gardens of the World in Berlin

Gardens of the World

The Gärten der Welt offer you a journey through botanical gardens of various countries in the world. The Gardens are peaceful, and usually not too crowded. Take the ropeway for an interesting perspective on the greenery.

An admission fee is charged here, see the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Arminius Markthalle in Berlin

Arminius Markthalle

This market hall which originally dates back to 1891, is a popular place to score fresh food and delicacies. Besides the fresh products that you can take home from here, the Arminius Markthalle also offers a large number of food stands, where you can enjoy the freshest dishes right away.

The market hall is open every day, except on Sundays. See their official website (Ge) for more info. Get directions.

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The Gedachtniskirche in Berlin


The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was built in memory of the last German Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895. Though it was badly hit during the war in 1943, the ruins were preserved and developed into a memorial against war and destruction. Inside you can find the Stalingrad Madonna, the drawing by a German soldier trapped in the Battle of Stalingrad around Christmas 1942.

The church is open every day. See the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Antik- und Buchmarkt near the Bodemuseum in Berlin

Antik- und Buchmarkt am Bodemuseum

Outside market on a beautiful location right next to Museuminsel. Around 60 merchants offer primarily antiques, accessories and books.

The market is organised every weekend, already since 1992. See their official website (Ge) for some additional details. Get directions.

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The Tiergarten in Berlin


The massive Tiergarten is the green lung of the German capital. The forest-like park offers a rest in the heart of Berlin, attracting joggers, cyclists and sunbathers. The name 'Tiergarten' translates to 'animal garden', and refers to its history of being a Royal hunting ground. Get directions.

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Shopping in the Friedrichstrasse in Berlin


A famous shopping street in Berlin, best-known for its luxury shopping. It is the place where you can find the famous Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, just off the U-Bahn station Französische Straße. Interspersed among the luxury stores, there's also a number of mainstream stores alike H&M. Get directions.

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Friedrichstraße in Berlin.
The Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall area

In the days of the Cold War, the enclave of West Berlin was surrounded by East Germany and completely isolated by the Berlin Wall. The total length of the Wall was 155 kilometres, of which 45 kilometres within city borders, sometimes dividing one street into two parts. Through the years around 100 people were killed in their attempts of illegally crossing the Wall. Decorated with colourful graffiti, the Wall nowadays doesn't give the slightest hint of its dark past, but is rather admired as a monumental piece of art.

Our Streetwise map shows you the exact area of the Berlin Wall. Get ready for a big walk and explore the remaining contrasts between East and West.

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The Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie

The Old National Gallery features works from the collection of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. All the exhibits belong to different times: classicism, romanticism, impressionism and early modernism. Particularly detailed and fully represented are the paintings of German masters of the 18th till early 20th century.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Botanic Garden of Berlin

Botanic Garden

The Botanical Garden of Berlin, known in Germany since the 17th century, belongs to the top important botanical gardens in the world. It invites to get acquainted with thousands of various plants and interesting facts, stroll along greenhouses through picturesque meadows and enjoy the charming panoramas.

Get to know more about tickets on the official website. Get directions.

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The New Synagogue in Berlin

New Synagogue

The New Synagogue survived the Kristallnacht but was badly damaged during WWII. Out of the pre-war building, there's only a part of the facade and a restored dome left. Inside you can visit a permanent exhibition about the history of the synagogue, together with temporary exhibitions related to Berlin. In summer the dome can be visited as well.

The synagogue is closed on Saturdays. Get directions.

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The Kollwitzplatz Markt in Berlin

Kollwitzplatz Market

The Kollwitzplatz Market is one of the local favorites that pops up twice a week. On Thursdays, there's a wholefood market, offering all kinds of organic food. On Saturdays, there's a farmers market where you can find the freshest ingredients for your culinary treats, or take it easy, and try out a delicious bite at one of the food stands.

Besides food, the Kollwitzplatz Market is also a place to find trinkets, hats, and other accessories. Have a look at their webpage (Ge) for further details. Get directions.

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The Kurfurstendamm in Berlin.


The so-called Ku-damm used to be the main street of West Berlin. The street started roaring in the 1920s and rebelled from ashes after the bombings of WWII, as a centre of fashion, shopping, nightlife and gastronomy. A stroll along this historical monument of 3.5 km long is mandatory on a first visit to Berlin. Get directions.

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The Lustgarten in Berlin


Lustgarten is a green field that invites for a break while exploring Museuminsel. Besides the many people sitting on the grass on sunny days, you can also find a 70 tonnes granite bowl, nicknamed the 'Berlin soup bowl' right in front of the Altes Museum. Back in the 19th century people were amazed by this big thing that travelled to Berlin across the Spree River. Get directions.

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Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was installed as the third (Charlie is 'three' in the NATO phonetic alphabet) and most famous border checkpoint after the Berlin Wall divided the city in 1961. The place became a symbol of the Cold War, after it had been the centre of a stand-off between Soviet and American tanks ready for battle, in October 1961. Get directions.

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The Deutscher Dom in Berlin

Deutscher Dom

The German Church was built in 1708 by the efforts of the Lutheran and Reformed communities who used German as their native language. After WWII the Church was left almost completely destroyed and was restored only in 1988.

Today you can find here a five-floor exhibition about the development of political parties in Germany since 1848. Free admission, and free guided tours are offered. Closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Shopping around the Tauentzienstrasse in Berlin


Major shopping area with a large number of mainstream stores. Just off the U-Bahn station Wittenbergplatz, you will see KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), the largest department store of Germany. Get directions.

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The Mauerpark in Berlin


Being literally translated as the Park of the Wall, it recalls the part of the Berlin Wall and the exclusion zone that were situated on its territory. Nowadays you can find here the remains of 30 meters of Berlin Wall painted by street artists. The park is a favourite place of young people, with frequent entertainment by street jugglers and musicians. Every Sunday there is a famous flea market. Get directions.

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The Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin


The Karl-Marx-Allee is a well-known avenue, developed according to the socialist ideal of city planning. On both sides of this very broad street you will find monumental residential buildings constructed in the 1950s in the style of Socialist Classicism. If you have never been to Russia, this street gives a sneak preview into Soviet architecture. Get directions.

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Markthalle Neun in Berlin

Markthalle Neun

Markthalle Neun is a beautiful antique market hall, which used to be a railway warehouse. The market provides all kinds of fresh food, restaurants and food stands. Find here freshly produced pastries, smoked fish, meat, or go for a craft beer – all products here are known to be of high quality and locally produced.

The market hall is open every day, except on Sundays. Don’t miss out on the Street Food Thursdays, with every Thursday evening street food from around the globe. Have a look at the official website (Ge) for more info. Get directions.

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The green setting of the Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt in Berlin.

The nicest markets on a weekend in Berlin

Germany is world famous for its markets, and Berlin is no exception. Markets in Germany are always colorful and breathe a special kind of atmosphere, which can be felt even more at the Christmas markets, which pop up already by the end of November.

But before that, it is still the flea and food markets that color the bustling German capital! Where to go for the coolest markets? Read more

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The Neues Museum in Berlin

Neues Museum

The collection of the Neues Museum contains 9,000 exhibits found on European, Middle Eastern and Asian territories, and covers the period from the Paleolithic up to the Middle Ages. Walk along the Schliemann hall and the treasures of Troy and get to see the very most important treasure – the Bust of Nefertiti.

The museum works every day! Get directions.

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Inside the Mall of Berlin

Mall of Berlin

The second largest shopping mall of Berlin offers all you need in terms of mainstream shopping, with a large number of international chains present. In the basement of this elegant mall you can find supermarkets as well.

The mall is open from 10-21h and usually closed on Sundays. See the official website for more info. Get directions.

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The Berlin Wall Memorial in Berlin

Berlin Wall Memorial

The memorial is located along a section of the Berlin Wall on the Bernauer Straße, where people most often attempted to illegally cross the border. Here you will see amongst others preserved fragments of the wall, an exhibition about the history of the separation of Germany, and the Chapel of Reconciliation.

Admission is free. The Visitor Center is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The TV Tower in Berlin

Fernsehturm / TV Tower

The famous TV Tower appeared in the GDR in 1969, in the heyday of socialist views on life, beauty and art. No wonder that its simple forms are so similar to the Ostankino 'sister tower' in Moscow. Going up the 986 stairs or taking the elevator to a height of 200 meters, will provide you with a breath-taking panorama over the city.

The tower is open every day. Get directions.

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The Monbijou Park in Berlin

Monbijou Park

The Monbijou Park is a relaxing green area on the sunny banks of the Spree River, a favorite for sunbathing. Besides wide lawns, the park includes a basketball field, a soccer court, table tennis and a small pool. Get directions.

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The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall in Berlin

Berliner Philharmonie

The Berliner Philharmonie is a world-famous concert hall, home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The asymmetric building with its golden roof that resembles a tent, was innovative and even controversial, but can be considered as an excellent piece of architecture from 1963, designed by Hans Scharoun.

See the official website for ticket info. Get directions.

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The Altes Museum in Berlin

Altes Museum

The Altes Museum offers visitors a journey through ancient times with its magnificent collection of ancient Roman, Greek and Etruscan artefacts. On the first floor, you can see statues of clay, stone and bronze, friezes, vases, as well as golden ornaments and silver from Ancient Greece.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Farmers Market on the Maybachufer in Berlin

Farmers Market Maybachufer

Turkish Farmers Market located on the western part of the Maybachufer. Find here oriental spreads, fresh fruits and vegetables at bargain prices. Other stalls offer colourful fabrics and accessories.

The market is held outside, every Tuesday and Friday. See their official webpage (Ge) for some additional details. Get directions.

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The Berliner Ensemble Theatre in Berlin

Berliner Ensemble, Theatre

Berliner Ensemble is one of the leading German theatres of the postwar period, founded in the days of the GDR by writer Bertolt Brecht. Today the luxurious hall of the theatre offers visitors outstanding German-language productions of Goethe, Schiller, Kafka and other famous writers. Several times a month performances are offered with English surtitles.

See the official website for more info and tickets. Get directions.

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Luxury shopping on the Kurfurstendamm in Berlin

Kurfürstendamm area

A part of the Kurfürstendamm with a high concentration of luxury clothes and jewelry stores, like Chanel, Dior and Armani. The Schlüterstraße is calmer with small boutiques and designers. Get directions.

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Volkspark Hasenheide in Berlin

Volkspark Hasenheide

Historically a hunting ground, Volkspark Hasenheide (Ge) is nowadays beloved by athletes. The park is where the German gymnastic movement headed by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn began in 1811. Find here great sports areas, skateboard tracks, or mini golf, a petting zoo and playgrounds for the little ones. In the Southeast of the park there's a 250-300 years old oak, which is officially under conservation. Get directions.

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The Jewish Museum in Berlin

Jewish Museum Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin is the first museum dedicated to the history of the Jewish community of Germany. The collection covers 1700 years of life of the Ashkenazi Jews, showing thousands of exhibits. Large sections of the museum are devoted to the events of WWII, and are to be found primarily in the modern zig-zag shaped building.

The Jewish Museum works every day. Check out the official website for further visitor info. Get directions.

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The Castle on Peacock Island near Berlin

Castle on Peacock Island

Pfaueninsel is a unique park on Lake Wannsee, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island used to be a summer residence of Prussian monarchs, with a fairy-tale castle built under King Friedrich Wilhelm II. It is a great destination for a daytrip, trading city life for idyllic nature.

Have a look at the official page for more information about Peacock Island and practical tips for visitors. Get directions.

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The Bode Museum in Berlin

Bode Museum

The Bode Museum is a neo-baroque building from 1904, located on the tip of Museum Island. The collection is famous for its Byzantine art from the 3-15th centuries, its collection of sculptures from the Middle Ages until the 18th century, and a coin cabinet that will impress even the non-numismatists with its 500,000 items.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

Volkspark Friedrichshain

With an area of 51 hectares made up of glades, groves and ponds, Friedrichshain is one of the larger parks in Berlin. For sports fans there are football, volleyball and basketball fields, as well as places for skating and rock climbing. However, the main attraction is the Fountain of Fairy Tales, where 106 stone sculptures depict the heroes from Grimms' Fairy Tales. Get directions.

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The Else-Ury-Bogen shopping area in Berlin

Else-Ury-Bogen area

Beautiful small shopping area, located around and inside S-Bahn viaducts. The area is largely pedestrian and still upcoming as a shopping area, with a limited number of clothes boutiques and interior stores. Get directions.

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The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Holocaust Memorial

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews is dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial of 2711 concrete blocks of different heights, represents a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. Walking through this labyrinth with uneven floors, may produce a feeling of unease and anxiety.

The labyrinth is open 24/7, the subterranean Information Center is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin

Deutsches Historisches Museum

The grandiose German Historical Museum tells about the 2000 years history of Germany, from the state of the Franks up to the present day. Since 2003, exhibitions take place in two neighbouring buildings, symbolizing the past and present - the luxurious old baroque building of the Zeughaus arsenal and a modern building made of glass and steel.

The museum is open every day! Get directions.

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The Spree riverside in Berlin

Spree riverbank

What is Berlin without the Spree River? The river crosses all through Berlin, and its banks are beloved for sunbathing, walking, or cycling. This area is one of the many nice green areas around the Spree, just some minutes away from the bustling Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Get directions.

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Theater des Westens in Berlin

Theater des Westens

The Theater des Westens is located in a magnificent Wilhelminian building that opened its doors in 1896. The most beautiful moments of its long history include the debut of Enrico Caruso and the performance of the Ballets Russes with Anna Pavlova. The focus nowadays is on musicals, international classics in the German language.

See this website (Ge) for ticket info. Get directions.

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The Berliner Trodelmarkt in Berlin

Berliner Trödelmarkt

A market that originated in West Berlin in 1973, as the very first flea market of the city. On this market you may encounter anything in terms of flea, but most likely antiques, accessories, and crockery.

The market is held every Saturday and Sunday. See their official website (Ge) for some additional details. Get directions.

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The Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin

Tempelhofer Feld

The former Airport Tempelhof was one of the first commercial airports worldwide. There have been several attempts to bring back live into the deserted space located in the middle of the city, but none of them fully succeeded. Nowadays it is a popular spot for cyclists, roller skaters, picnics and BBQs. Get directions.

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Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is the embodiment of the 'New Berlin': in the past a city divided by a wall, and now a modern open capital in the centre of Europe. The square developed from a vast wasteland left with traces of destruction from the war and remains of the Berlin Wall, into an economic centre made up of modern architecture alike the multifunctional Sony Center. Get directions.

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The Natural History Museum in Berlin

Natural History Museum

The Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in Europe, with more than 30 million objects on an exhibition area of 4,000 m2. The museum has a rich history of over 200 years old. Discover our Universe, prehistoric animals, a mineral collection and a fantastic exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.

Make sure to come here in 2021, to welcome back 'Tristan', a 66 million-year-old and 12-metre long dinosaur skeleton. The Natural History Museum is closed on Mondays. Have a look at the official website for the latest news. Get directions.

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The Olympiastadion in Berlin


The Olympiastadion is the legendary Olympic Arena of Berlin, erected for the 1936 Olympics. The stadium with a capacity of 74,475 is now home to Hertha BSC football team. In 2006 Italy became world champion football here, after beating France in the final.

Visit the official website for info about guided tours. Get directions.

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The shopping area around Alexanderplatz in Berlin

Alexanderplatz shopping area

Largely pedestrian shopping area with a good number of mainstream stores dotted around Alexanderplatz. Find here also the German department store Galeria Kaufhof, or the mainstream Alexa Mall. Please note that this area is known for pickpockets and scammers. Keep any valuables close to yourself. Get directions.

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Humboldt University in Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University is the oldest university of Berlin, opened in 1810. Its 200-years history is impressive with graduates like Otto von Bismarck, Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx and Heinrich Heine. The University has seen 29 of its professors becoming laureates of the Nobel Prize, including Albert Einstein.

The buildings can be visited on a guided tour, but a booking must be made four weeks in advance. Get directions.

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Grunewald forest in Berlin


The forest of Grunewald is spread out over 3,000 ha, so can be best explored on a bicycle. The shores along the Havel with some nice small beaches, as well as the shores of the Schlachtensee can be perfect for a private picnic. A somewhat mysterious place is the artificial hill of Teufelsberg, with atop an abandoned listening station from where the Americans spied on the Germans during the Cold War. Get directions.

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The Schaubuhne Theatre in Berlin

Schaubühne, Theatre

Schaubühne is one of the most attractive theatres of Berlin. Its plays provoke and make you think, by presenting classics in a new way, combining politics with art. This is precisely its uniqueness and irresistibility.

See the official website for ticket info and book something new! Get directions.

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The Arkonaplatz Market in Berlin

Arkonaplatz Market

The Arkonaplatz Market is a true flea market, slightly chaotic and with a wide variety of products on offer. Find here vintage cameras, paintings, globes, or that chair you’ve always been looking for. You never know what you're going to encounter this time at the charming Arkonaplatz Market. One thing is sure, that it is an entertaining place, with its people and its remarkable second-hand articles.

The market is held outside, every Sunday, already since 1990. See their webpage (Ge) for some additional details. Get directions.

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The Franzosischer Dom in Berlin

Französischer Dom

The building of the French Cathedral consists of two parts: on top a domed tower with a viewing platform and the Huguenot Museum, and in the lower part the actual church. The reformed church is plain and simple in decoration, but a great venue for church music.

The magnificent tower and the museum are currently closed for renovation, see the official website for the latest info. Get directions.

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The Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping mall in Berlin

Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Mall)

The Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is a three-storey mainstream mall, with a glass roof. The building is part of a bigger design, from the hands of the famous architect Renzo Piano. The mall offers a combination of international chains and specialty stores.

The mall is open from 10-21h and usually closed on Sundays. See the official website for more info. Get directions.

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The Spreepark in Berlin

Plänterwald / Spreepark

The Spreepark is one of the most mysterious places in Berlin. A large part of this park is occupied by an abandoned amusement park from GDR times that can only be visited via a guided tour. Find the entrance at the Kiehnwerderallee. See this website for more info about guided tours. The remainder of the park is ideal for running or cycling. Get directions.

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The Stasi Museum in Berlin

Stasi Museum

The Stasi was considered one of the most powerful intelligence services. Under the daily supervision of its 100,000 employees were virtually all citizens of the GDR. The Stasi Museum is located in the former headquarters building, giving a look into investigators' offices, interrogation rooms and torture aids.

Public guided tours are offered at no extra charge, see the official website for more details. Open every day! Get directions.

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The Marheineke Markthalle in Berlin

Marheineke Markthalle

A market hall with roots going back to the 19th century. What you'll find here today is a basic market hall with stalls selling regional fresh food and some small restaurants. On Saturdays there's also a flea market outside, offering a wide range of second-hand articles as well as clothes.

Please note that the market hall is closed on Sundays. See their official website for further details. Get directions.

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Topography of Terror Memorial Museum in Berlin

Topography of Terror, Memorial Museum

The Topography of Terror is a memorial complex on the site of the former headquarters of the Gestapo. The main exposition tells about the activities of the SS, and the system of terror and violence in The Third Reich. Part of the exhibition can be found outside.

The museum works every day. Admission is free. Get directions.

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The Oberbaum Bridge in Berlin


The Oberbaum Bridge is the longest bridge of Berlin that was located on the border between East and West. After the fall of the Wall, the bridge was restored in its former Brick Gothic appearance, with a new middle section made of steel and designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Get directions.

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The shopping area around Hackescher Markt in Berlin

Hackescher Markt area

Area with a variety of mainstream stores, designers and boutiques. Especially worthwhile to check out are the Hackeschen Höfe, a number of pretty interconnected courtyards with small shops, boutiques and cafés. Get directions.

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Volkspark Humboldthain in Berlin

Volkspark Humboldthain

Locals like the shaded Humboldthain Park (Ge) for its rose garden, picnic fields and rolling lawns. For history lovers it's interesting to see what is left of the large number of WWII bunkers and anti-aircraft towers located here. Please note that for women alone it may not be the most comfortable park. Get directions.

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Bellevue Palace in Berlin

Bellevue Palace

Bellevue Palace was originally built in 1786 as a residence for Prince August Ferdinand. Today's building is an exact post-war reconstruction though, as there wasn't much left after the war. The palace is the official residence of the President of Germany, and can only be visited with a permission in a group. Get directions.

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The GDR Watchtower in Berlin

DDR Wachturm

The GDR Watchtower near Potsdamer Platz is the oldest tower of the Berlin Wall. It belongs to the first series of towers, made of concrete.

You can visit the Watchtower on a little guided tour, to get a glimpse back into the Cold War era. Get directions.

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The Mauerpark Market in Berlin

Mauerpark Flohmarkt

The Mauerpark Flohmarkt is a huge flea market flanked with some street food stands and small cafés. Amidst a slightly chaotic atmosphere, vendors are offering their second-hand treasures, original handmades, trinkets and souvenirs.

The largest flea market of Berlin can be found in the Mauerpark, every Sunday until 18h. Have a look at their official webpage (Ge) for some additional details. Get directions.

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The former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

Tempelhof Airport

After the closure of Tempelhof Airport in 2008, its field became so popular that the city authorities had to hold a referendum to decide over the fate of the former airport. Despite a number of promising plans for development of the field, the townspeople preferred to leave the field in the form in which it is now, where it is possible to roll on roller-skates, ride bicycles, and arrange BBQs or picnics! Get directions.

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Treptower Park in Berlin

Treptower Park

Treptower Park is a very popular place for jogging, cycling, or simply walking. On sunny days, the waterside is filled up with sunbathers. The Abteibrücke connects the popular Spree riverside, with the Insel der Jugend – great for picnics or to plump down on one of the pleasant shaded terraces. Treptower Park is also the place of the Soviet War Memorial, commemorating Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin. Get directions.

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Palace complex in Potsdam near Berlin.

The Palaces and Parks of Potsdam

Potsdam is a city just south of Berlin, particularly known for its majestic Prussian palaces built by Frederick the Great. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent architecture of the Sanssouci Palace and the New Palace, or galleries with works of Rubens and Caravaggio, as well as vast royal gardens. As an outstanding piece of architectural creations and landscaping, the Potsdam palace complex was awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.

Have a look at the official website for further info about opening hours and tickets. Get directions to the New Palace in Potsdam.

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The Game Science Center in Berlin

Game Science Center Berlin

The Game Science Center is an interactive museum dedicated to innovative technologies. By controlling a computer game with a single eye movement, and taking part in interactive experiments you feel like you stepped into the future.

Closed on Tuesdays. See the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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Unter den Linden in Berlin

Unter den Linden

As the street of palaces, museums and squares, Unter den Linden can rightly be called the most famous and grandest street of Berlin. The street received its name after the rows of lime trees, that fill up parts of the broad boulevard. Get directions.

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View with Berlin TV Tower.
Berliner Unterwelten

Berliner Unterwelten

Underneath Berlin lies an entire network of labyrinths with bunkers, bomb shelters, and escape tunnels between East and West Berlin. Visit the four-floor exhibition inside the bunker complex of the Gesundbrunnen U-Bahnhof, or book an exciting tour and get to see Berlin's underground infrastructure.

See the official website for more information about tours. Get directions.

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Park am Gleisdreieck in Berlin

Park am Gleisdreieck

Park am Gleisdreieck (Ge) is made up of large lawns and asphalted paths, good for skating or cycling. The place is nice for children, with big swings located all over the park. Please note that there aren't many trees here. Get directions.

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The Oderbergerstrasse shopping area in Berlin

Oderbergerstraße area

Interesting area outside the regular tourist paths. You'll find here a number of small stores with a focus on vintage, and some local designers. During the day it is calm here, around the evening locals flow in, looking for a drink and a bite in one of the many nice cafés and restaurants. Get directions.

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The Hohenschonhausen Memorial in Berlin

Hohenschönhausen Memorial

The Hohenschönhausen Memorial is the former prison for political prisoners of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi). The long-term exhibition shows photos and nearly 500 artefacts including prison clothes and letters from inmates, depicting the everyday life of the convicted.

The prison itself can be visited only on a guided tour, see the official website for more info. The museum is free of charge. Get directions.

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The Victory Column in Berlin

Victory Column

The Victory Column is a symbol of power and strength of the German people. It was erected in 1864 after the unification wars of Germany. On top of the column there is an observation platform, and at its base a historical museum with small replicas of famous sites and information about the history of the column. A small admission fee is charged. Open every day! Get directions.

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The DDR Museum in Berlin

DDR Museum

The Museum of the GDR describes the life in East Germany in surprising detail, with many exhibits donated by former GDR residents. There is even an East German apartment, with all the interior items, clothes and books in place; where you can check out the contents of cabinets and bedside tables, and watch TV.

The museum works every day. Get directions.

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The Viktoriapark in Berlin


From the top of its hills, Viktoriapark offers beautiful panoramas over the city. The pride of the park is the artificial waterfall down the National Monument to King Friedrich Wilhelm III, which was erected following the liberation battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Get directions.

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The theatre Volksbuhne Berlin

Volksbühne Berlin, Theatre

The People's Theatre of Berlin was built in 1914 to promote art among the working people. After being destroyed in WWII, the theatre reopened in 1954 in a new design. It is an experimental theatre that shows contemporary and sometimes even provocative productions.

See the official website for ticket info. Get directions.

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The entrance of Berlin Zoo

Berlin Zoo

The Berlin Zoo is a truly impressive green corner of the city, with over 15,000 animals on 35 ha. In exotic pavilions and open pens, you can get acquainted with rare animals like big pandas, gorillas or kiwi birds. Or stroll from ocean landscapes from the Great Barrier Reef with tropical fish and sharks to the habitats of crocodiles in the Amazon jungle.

The zoo and the aquarium are open every day! Get directions.

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The shopping area around Boxhagener Platz in Berlin

Boxhagener Platz area

This popular bar area in Friedrichshain also contains a growing number of interesting small stores. Find here retro fashion, original jewellery or second-hand goods. Among some slightly unusual stores you are most likely to encounter clothes boutiques here. Get directions.

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The Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin


The Planetarium of Karl Zeiss was one of the last objects built in the socialist GDR. It opened its doors on the 750th anniversary of Berlin, on 9 October 1987. The screenings about the Universe take place inside an amazing metal dome of 30 meters high.

The Planetarium is closed on Mondays. See the official website (Ge) for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Nowkoelln Flowmarkt in Berlin

Nowkoelln Flowmarkt

The Nowkoelln Flowmarkt offers you a hip and fancy stroll along the Landwehr Canal, on the border of the Neukölln district. In a greenish setting, the stalls here present original handmade products, art and vinyl, as well as vintage clothes and a variety of second-hand goods. This cosy market is an absolute must for vintage lovers.

The Nowkoelln Flowmarkt is held bimonthly, on Sundays. Please be aware of the winter break – see the official website (Ge) for further information. Get directions.

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Entrance of the museum The story of Berlin

The Story of Berlin

Museum 'The Story of Berlin' contains 23 theme rooms, each of which telling about a separate milestone in the history of Berlin. In total, the exhibits cover a period of 800 years. With a focus on the impressive 20th century history, you get to see how Berliners lived through two World Wars, and you're able to visit Berlin's largest nuclear bunker!

Please note that the museum has been closed since the end of 2018 due to renovation works. Get directions.

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The Schonhauser-Allee Arcaden shopping mall in Berlin

Schönhauser-Allee Arcaden (Mall)

A basic mall offering a wide range of products, including some international chains like H&M and Mango. Perfect for finding your everyday stuff. On the top floor you can find a rooftop terrace, Deck 5.

The mall is closed on Sundays, see the official website (Ge) for more info. Get directions.

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Trabant by Birgit Kinder in the East Side Gallery of Berlin.

Traveling back to East and West Berlin: what to visit?

The Berlin Wall memorial is installed on the site where most people attempted to illegally cross the Berlin Wall. Visiting the memorial reminds of the times of a highly divided Berlin. Let's go back to what happened... Read more

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Museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof

From the end of the 19th century Hamburg Station stopped working for its intended purpose and became a museum. Currently its exhibition space of 13,000m2 is used by the Museum of Modern Art. A rich collection of paintings, sculptures, video and photography showcases six decades of modern art.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The German Spy Museum in Berlin

Deutsches Spionagemuseum

The German Spy Museum covers an area of over 3000 m², showing more than 300 rare exhibits. There is plenty of information - from antiquity till the present day - dedicated to the art of being a spy. Of course, much attention is paid to the times of the Cold War, and entire sections are devoted to agent 007 and different types of poison.

The museum is open daily. Get directions.

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Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin

Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace was the former residence of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen consort of Prussia. After her death, the complex was named after her. It is one of the best examples of German baroque. The Large oak gallery, the Porcelain room, the Golden gallery, rooms with Rococo paintings and French paintings, richly decorated living rooms are waiting for you.

The palace is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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