Are you on a whistle-stop tour of the capital or just looking for the Berlin Top 10? Well, look no further, because we’ve picked the top ten things to see and do in Berlin so you don’t have to. The choice was by no means easy – this city has so much to offer!
Top pick 1: Reichstag
When the decision was made to move the Federal Government to Berlin, it was time to reawaken the Reichstag building from its long years of slumber on the Mauerstreifen, the military zone between the two sides of the Wall. The building has since been completely modernized, and today’s visitors to the Reichstag can look out from the building’s glass dome to get a bird’s eye view of the hustle and bustle in the city. There are also a number of government buildings in the vicinity of the Reichstag, for example, the Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery) and the Brandenburg Gate.
Top pick 2: Brandenburg Gate
Without a doubt, the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s signature attraction. Built-in 1791, it was just one of many old city gates around the city of Berlin which, at that time, was still a manageable size. The decorative Pariser Platz was laid at the foot of the gate and is now home to many of the city’s important buildings, for example, the Hotel Adlon with its wealth of history and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts).
Top pick 3: Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
The Berlin Television Tower, which is known to locals as the Fernsehturm, and is instantly recognisable from the distance, standouts of the skyline at 368m, making it the tallest building in Berlin. Built-in the 1960s, visitors to the tower can enjoy a unique 360° panorama of the city. Tip: Visit the TV Tower with the Berlin Welcome Card and save up to 25 percent. The Berlin WelcomeCard enables free travelling with all public transport services to the Berlin visitors. With over 200 partners and outstanding discounts, the Berlin WelcomeCard offers you a complete „carefree“ package.
Top pick 4: Humboldt Forum
Directly opposite Berlin’s Museum Island, a new cosmopolitan forum for culture, art and science has opened in the heart of the capital: the Humboldt Forum. Visible from afar, it covers an area of around 30,000 square meters. The reconstructed baroque palace facades shine in bright quince yellow. State-of-the-art interactive exhibitions await you under one roof and spread over five floors. At the end of 2021, the world-famous collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art will also be on display here.
Also, take a look around the corner from the Humboldt Forum: The Friedrichswerder Church, built by Schinkel, is now a very special museum, displaying sculptures of classicism in the high neo-Gothic church hall.
Top pick 5: Gendarmenmarkt
The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most stunning squares in the city, located close to Friedrichstraße, Berlin’s exclusive shopping street in the central Mitte district. Three of the most impressive examples of architecture in the capital city are to be found here: the Concert House designed by Schinkel and the German and French Cathedrals (the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom).