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Berlin Attractions & Places to Visit

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From its beginnings as a small settlement in the 12th century, Berlin has grown into the largest city in Germany and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With a population of around 3.5 million inhabitants and an area encompassing 891 km², there are no shortage of attractions in the city. Whether you are looking for a family themed outing in an amusement park or would prefer to explore a museum, there is something for everybody and enough to keep visitors occupied for a few days in the city.

Although the 20th century proved to be a turbulent moment in the history of the city with the 2 World Wars, the rise of National Socialism and the Cold War division of the city, since reunification in 1990, Berlin has developed rapidly into a modern cosmopolitan city while still retaining its German character with remnants of its different historical periods still present today. The historical center of Mitte contains many national landmarks and theaters but is developing a repertoire for its emerging nightlife and café culture. The other central districts including Charlottenburg, Tiergarten, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are also popular tourist destinations for their abundance of hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars as well as historical attractions and shopping boulevards.

Attractions in Berlin

Berlin Zoo in Tiergarten

Family Attractions

Fortunately for parents, Berlin is an ideal place to keep the kids entertained with a wide range of attractions from amusement parks to zoos. Here are an example of the many family attractions available in Berlin:

Legoland Discovery Center, located near Potsdamer Platz, this attraction is not just for children but also for adults. Here, there are a lot of interactive features to keep the whole family entertained including a 4D cinema and amusement rides. This center is also designed to tap into everyone's creative potential as you learn how to create fantastic Lego models and build your own Lego car which you can test out on a special track.

Berlin Dungeon takes the family back to the city’s dark and murky past where you will ride the Elevator of Doom, go on a River Raft Ride and visit the Torture Chamber but watch out, there is no hiding from the torturer! Find your way through a maze where you will encounter the ghost of King Albert Frederick and visit the most dangerous area in Berlin where you will go into the flat of Carl Grossman – the Butcher of Berlin.

AquaDom & Sea Life Berlin is an aquarium containing 5,000 different species of fascinating sea creatures. From eagle rays and jellyfish to seahorses and catfish, you will find a lot of interesting sea creatures. Try finding Nemo or rather the exotic clownfish that the Disney character was based on. The highlight is the ride in the cylindrical Aqua Dome where you will see up close 1,500 exotic sea creatures in a tank with a volume of over 1 million liters of water.

Madame Tussauds in Berlin located in Unter den Linden contains some famous wax models of famous celebrities and politicians. Here you can say hello to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the US President Barack Obama or visit musical legends Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. With over 95 personalities to see, this should prove to be an entertaining outing.

Berlin Zoological Garden (Zoologischer Garten Berlin) can be found next to the Tiergarten and is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Germany with around 1,500 species of animals from all around the world. Here you can find kangaroos, vultures, penguins, bears, camels, lions, elephants, giraffes and other exotic creatures. There should be plenty to keep you occupied for several hours.

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Sightseeing Attractions

Berlin Fernsehturm in Alexanderplatz

For history enthusiasts, there are no shortage of sightseeing attractions covering a wide time period from the Prussian Hohenzollern era to the 20th century. From the Brandenburg Gate to Pergamon Museum, you will quickly discover the rich depth of history and learn the significance of each landmark. Here are a few of the highlights:

The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is undoubtedly the symbol of Berlin and reflects Germany’s imperial past. Inspired by the Acropolis in Athens, this gate was built in the Neoclassical style and while it was once meant to symbolize German military might, in the context of recent German reunification, it has come to symbolize peace and unity.

The Reichstag is the seat of the German parliament with the building having been fully restored shortly after German reunification. The highlight of this attraction is without doubt its glass dome which provides a 360 degree panoramic view of Berlin while below you can see the chamber of the Bundestag.

Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) next to Alexanderplatz was built by the German Democratic Republic and is one of the tallest landmarks in the city rising 368 m high. When the skies are clear, you can climb up to the observation deck where you get a magnificent view of the city. There is a revolving restaurant that completes one full rotation every 30 minutes.

The Asisi Panometer located not too far from Checkpoint Charlie is a 360 degree panoramic exhibition that paints a realistic picture of what life looked like during the Cold War. It shows everyday scenes from both sides of the Berlin Wall and the differences between life in capitalist West Berlin and communist East Berlin. This is where you can see history up close and personal.

The East Side Gallery located in the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, this is a memorial which contains the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still intact. Here you will find examples of graffiti and street art from local and international artists. The purpose of this monument is to symbolize the expression of freedom and contains 105 paintings.

Museum Island (Museuminsel) is a museum complex that gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. With 5 museums built in the Neoclassical style and housing exhibits from ancient history up to the Baroque period, you could easily spend days exploring the numerous impressive exhibitions. The highlight is arguably the Pergamon Museum with its spectacular ancient monuments including the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.

Other Attractions

For shopaholics, you will enjoy exploring Kurfürstendamm (Ku’Damm) with its wealth of boutique stores. However, the biggest attraction has to be the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDaWe) department store. This is the largest store of its kind in continental Europe and attracts up to 50,000 visitors each day. With 8 floors focusing on different kinds of merchandize, you could easily spend up to a day shopping inside. Try to make room to visit the delicatessen on the 6th floor with its enormous selection of delicacies and over 30 gourmet counters. On the next floor above is a restaurant that can seat 1,000 people.

For a more relaxing and tranquil environment, try the Tiergarten which is the largest urban park in the city. It contains several memorials relating to its Prussian past including the Bismarck Memorial and the infamous Victory Column located in the heart of the park. There are areas that can be used for picnics and sports playing fields where you can enjoy the scenery in contrast to the concrete jungle. It is worth taking a walk there for a few hours and find the many surprises awaiting your discovery.

Attractions Outside Berlin – Potsdam

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam

Potsdam

If you are looking to explore further attractions outside of Berlin then the city of Potsdam located 26 km away in the federal state of Brandenburg is a perfect option. It is sometimes known as the “Versailles of Berlin” as it was once the official residence of the Hohenzollern monarchy that ruled Prussia and the later German Empire. Furthermore the city is easily accessible by Berlin’s transport network. All you need is to buy an ABC Zone Day Ticket at an S-Bahn station and it takes less than half an hour to travel to your destination.

The Babelsberg Studio is a fun activity for all the family. This is where films including V for Vendetta, The Bourne Series, Inglorious Basterds and Passion were filmed. Here you can go on a studio tour where you will learn more about the film production process and how key scenes from some of your favorite movies were shot.

Sanssouci Castle and Park is the main highlight of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once the former summer residence of King Frederick the Great which was used as a place of relaxation. The park is richly decorated with monuments including ancient temples, an obelisk, Roman baths and a Chinese House. The further you explore inside the park, the more surprises you will discover.

Cecilienhof Palace is also another former royal residence worth visiting and was the site of the famous Potsdam Conference in 1945 where the heads of the British, American and Soviet government met to lay the post-war foundations. It is now a museum and some of the rooms are open to the public for viewing but is still used for important summits including the G8 Summit held in May 2007.

The Russian Colony Alexandrowka is a charming Russian style village built in the 19th century with an Orthodox Church. One of the houses has been converted into a museum where you can find out more the history of the Russian settlers here. There is also a nice restaurant which specializes in Russian cuisine.

Make the Most of Berlin’s Attractions

Whatever your interests, you are bound to find plenty of attractions in Berlin and the surrounding Brandenburg region to visit and keep everyone entertained. Germany’s capital city has had a very eventful past and looks now to have a brighter future where it can project its image as a tolerant and cosmopolitan city embracing multicultural ideas while also staying true to its Prussian and German heritage.

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