Frequently praised as one of the coolest cities in Europe, Berlin is a must-do for any itinerary through the continent. As well as being effortlessly stylish, this fascinating city has been home to some turbulent moments in history, giving it a truly unique dynamic. These things to do in Berlin are the perfect starting points for your trip.
Visit the Reichstag Building
One of the most important landmarks in Berlin, the Reichstag Building is the seat of the German Parliament. It was constructed in the late 19th century but after a fire in 1933 it wasn’t used for parliament matters for large parts of the 20th century. It had links to Nazi Germany in its time, so an undoubtedly interesting place to witness. One of the best things to do here is to climb up to the top of the building’s dome, from which you can catch beautiful views over the city.
Cruise through Kreuzberg
To catch up with Berlin’s youthful, artsy crowd, head to the neighborhood of Kreuzberg. This is a fun district to dedicate an entire day and night to – you should definitely see both sides to Kreuzberg as there are equal parts entertaining.
Stroll through the streets by day to swing by the neighborhood’s vintage shops, sip coffee in trendy cafés, and discover indie galleries. Take to the streets at night for an electric atmosphere where dive bars are found around every corner.
Stop by the East Side Gallery
The Berlin Wall is an essential part of any trip to Berlin, and there are few better parts of it to visit than the East Side Gallery. Now covered in creative graffiti dedicated to send a message of freedom and hope, this part of the wall represents works from countless artists from around the world.
The East Side Gallery is over a kilometre long, offering plenty to discover. Stroll by its side and ponder over the political message each painting is representing.
Explore Museum Island
Comprised of a cluster of five museum set on an island on the River Spree, Museum Island is one of Berlin’s most unique features. The island was given UNESCO World Heritage status for its impressive collection of culture in such a small space, and for being one of the first public museum spaces in the city back in the early 19th century. The museums here span across all kinds of topics, mostly including classical art, architecture, and sculpture that spans across the ages.
Visit the Holocaust Memorial
A sombre but important landmark in central Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the most visited attractions in the city. The memorial is made up of over 2,000 pillars of varying heights, set up in a grid that you can walk through. Make sure you stop by the underground visitor’s center to learn more about the victims of this horrible part of history, so that you know what the memorial is here to represent.
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