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Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)

Pariser Platz, Berlin Mitte

S-Bahn station Unter den Linden

The very emblem of Berlin and today’s symbol of German Unity, it was nevertheless for almost 30 years the symbol of the city’s division since it was situated in no man’s land just behind the wall. This triumphal arc was built by Carl Gotthard Langhans as a city gate between 1788 and 1791. It was inspired by the Parthenon Propylea and is surmounted by the famous Victory Quadriga, a sculpture of a chariot with the Greek Goddess Eirene.  The Gate was the first neoclassical monument in Berlin and was supposed to reflect the power of the Prussian kingdom. The Gate reopened on December, 22, 1989. At the present time it is wrapped for restoration and is presumably going to be ready in Fall 2002.


Platz der Republik, Berlin-Tiergarten

S-Bahn station Unter den Linden

Within walking distance of the Brandenburger Tor the Reichstag is home to the German Bundestag, the Parliament of reunified Germany.

The Reichstag was built in 1894, part of it was destroyed by fire in 1933, and the building was heavily damaged in 1945 during the Battle of Berlin. It was rebuilt in the sixties, but the dome, which had been destroyed in the war, was not rebuilt and the building was not used as a parliament. The Reichstag was then reconstructed from 1995 to 1999 by the architect Sir Norman Forster. The new glass cupola, which was added to the top of the old building, stirred a lot of controversy at first, but has become part of Berlin’s new landmarks now. Visitors can walk up to the top and admire the panoramic view of the city.

Also controversial was the wrapping of the Reichstag by the artist Christo for two weeks in June 1995. He and his wife Jeanne Claude wrapped the Reichstag in metallic silver fabric and blue ropes. The results were spectacular. For pictures:

Opening hours: Can be visited daily from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM (midnight) Last entrance 10:00 PM. Waiting time can be very long. Admission is free.


S-Bahn Friedrichstrasse; Unter den Linden

U-Bahn Französische Strasse; Stadtmitte

This elegant square, one of the prettiest in Berlin, is bounded on the north by the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral), which was built as a church for Berlin’s Huguenot community in the early eighteenth century, and on the south side by the Deutscher Dom (German cathedral), built at the same time for the Reformer’s community.

In the middle of Gendarmenmarkt stands the Schauspielhaus, a masterpiece of classicist architecture built by Schinkel, an important architect of nineteenth century Berlin who created some of the city’s most famous Neoclassical buildings. Today it is named Konzerthaus and is the home of the Berliner Sinfonie Orchester. (german only)

Unter den Linden

One of the most famous, if not the most famous, Berlin avenues, it links the Brandenburg Gate to Alexanderplatz. It was once the main east-west axis of Imperial Berlin and has been revitalized since 1989 to resume its old role as one of Berlin’s most important streets. As in the old days, it is once again lined with cafes, shops and restaurants.

Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

Almost all museums are closed on Mondays.
Entry to all museums of the museum island  is possible with the same ticket.
Exhibits throughout the museums are labelled in German. Some museums provide audiotapes  in English. 
3-Day ticket for Berlin Museums “SchauLust-Museen-Berlin” allows you to visit over 50 Berlin museums and collections on three consecutive opening days.
Available at Berlin Tourist Information offices for 8 Euro.

Pergamon Museum

Museumsinsel, Bodestr. 1-3, Berlin-Mitte, tel. +49 30 20 90 55 66 and 20 90 55 55 (recording)

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Thursday 10am-10 pm

Free first Sunday of the month

English audiotape tour available.

Ticket about 4 Euro.

One of the world’s most well-known archaeological museums and best known for the white marble Pergamon altar, a masterpiece of Hellenistic art dedicated to Zeus (2C BC), and for other architectural and artistic wonders of the ancient Greek and Roman world.

Alte Nationalgalerie

Museumsinsel, Bodestrasse 1, Berlin Mitte

Tel +49 30  20 90 55 55

U+S-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse U6

S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-10pm.

Ticket about 4 Euro

(The ticket allows you to visit all museums on the Museumsinsel on one day.)

This museum has just reopened on its 125th anniversary after three years of restoration work costing 65 million Euro. Friedrich Stüler’s magnificent temple-like neoclassical building has been restored to its former glory. The gallery displays masterpieces of German nineteenth-century art and sculpture as well as French Impressionists.  For the first time since 1945, the collections, previously split between East and West have been reunited.

Altes Museum

Museumsinsel, Bodestrasse 1-3, Berlin-Mitte

Tel +49 30 20 90 55 66

U+S-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse U6

S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt

Opening hours: Tu-Sun 10 am-6pm, Thursday 10 am-10pm.

Entrance fee varies according to exhibition.

Designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel with a grand entrance rotunda, the most renowned example of Berlin Classicism. The Antikensammlung, an excellent collection of Greek and Roman art and sculptures, can be found here. An exhibition of Greek works of art is open to the public on the newly designed main floor of the building. Roman Art is represented by relatively few pieces.


Created by architect Hans Scharoun the Kulturforum contains apart from the Philharmonie ( the Kunstbibliothek, and the Neue Staatsbibliothek, some museums worth a visit like the Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Gemäldegalerie.

Neue Nationalgalerie

Potsdamerstrasse 50, Berlin-Tiergarten
Tel 20 90 55 55

U+S Bahn station Potsdamer Platz U2, S1, S2.

Opening hours:Tu-Fr 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-10pm, Sa & Su 11am-6pm

This modern steel and glass structure was designed by Mies van der Rohe. The upper section is used for temporary exhibits and the underground galleries house a good collection of contemporary German and international art from painters such as Dix, Munch, Grosz, Kokoschka, Kandisky, Klee, Ernst, and Picasso.

Gemäldegalerie (Paintings gallery)

Matthäikirchplatz 8, Berlin-Tiergarten.

U+S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz, U2, S1, S2, S25

Opening hours:
Tu-Su 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-10pm
Sa & Su 11am-6pm
Ticket about 4 Euro.

(A day ticket “Tageskarte” for 6 Euro can be used for entrance to the museums of the Kulturforum, the Museumsinsel, the Ägyptisches Museum, and Schloss Charlottenburg.

This museum is compared to the Louvre in Paris or the Prado in Madrid. It houses some of the world’s finest collections or European art from the 13th to 18th century. It has about 7,000 square meters of exhibition space. The exhibition includes masterpieces by artists such as van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rubens.

Deutsche-Guggenheim Berlin

Unter den Linden, Berlin-Mitte

The museum is located on the ground floor of the Deutsche Bank building

U-Bahn station Französische Strasse
U-Bahn station Stadtmitte
S-Bahn station Unter den Linden
S-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse

Opening hours:
Daily 11:00 am –8:00 pm, Thursday 11:00 am-10 pm
Ticket price 3 Euro; free on Monday
One can find a collection of contemporary art here. The museum also hosts three to four major exhibitions per year.

Bode Museum

Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art. The first-class collection of Byzantine Art is the only one of its kind within Germany.

U-Bahn and S-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse
S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt

Neue Wache (New Guardhouse/ War Memorial)

Unter den Linden

U-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse

One of the most famous buildings of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Situated opposite the Staatsoper and the Opernpalais it is a former royal guard house resembling a roman temple and is now the “Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany to the victims of war and tyranny.”

Nikolaiviertel (St. Nikolai Quarter)

U-Bahn Klosterstern

On the banks of the river Spree and dominated by the St. Nicholas Church, the oldest church in Berlin, this quarter of restored period houses has narrow cobblestone streets, small  houses, old taverns and “gemütliche” beerhouses.

Potsdamer Platz

S-Bahn station Potsdamer Platz

U-Bahn station Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz in Tiergarten is one of the favorite attractions of the new Berlin. The newly built Sony Center and the Mercedes Benz complex offer a variety of shopping, dinning, entertaining and housing choices.

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

Am Lustgarten 1, Berlin-Mitte

U-Bahn Friedrichstrasse
S-Bahn Hackescher Markt

Opening hours: Mo-Sa 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Su noon-7:00 pm

The Berlin Cathedral is the largest Protestant church built in Germany in the 19th  century. It was completely destroyed during the war, and it was  fully renovated inside and out between 1974 and 1993. Historically most interesting is the burial vault of the Prussian kings, the Hohenzollern dynasty, with around 100 sarcophagi and tombs. The kings and princes of the 17th to the 20th century are buried here.


A prominent shopping area with many designer shops. Galleries Lafayette, the French department store,  has an excellent French food department as well as restaurants.

Die Mauer (The Wall)

S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof, S1, S2.

U-Bahn station Bernauer Strasse, U8

The 155 km long, 3,6 m high Berlin Wall, die Mauer,  was for 30 years the symbol of the cold war and of the city’s division. It started as a barbed wire fence and was later replaced by concrete segments. Over the years more than 80 people were killed trying to escape by crossing it. On the evening of November 9, 1989, the wall came down. It happened so quickly that most Berliners had a hard time to believe it. Today it’s barely possible to tell where the wall ran. On some streets the former course of the Berlin Wall is marked by a double row of paving stones. Only some segments of the Wall still remain. One of them,together with  the Berlin War Memorial, can be found  on Bernauer Strasse and Ackerstrasse.

Schloss Charlottenburg

Luisenplatz and Spandauer Damm, Berlin-Charlottenburg

U-Bahn station Sophie-Charlotte Platz U2

Opening hours: Tu-Fr 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sa & Sun 10 :00 am –5 :00 pm

One of the last baroque buildings that one can visit in Berlin,it was built in 1695 as a summer residence for Sophie-Charlotte the wife of King Friedrich I, and was expanded and added to throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with the finishing touches being added by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The altes Schloss held the suites of King Friedrich and Sophie-Charlotte, whereas the Knobelsdorff-Flügel was the residence of Friedrich the Great. Much of the Schloss  has been reconstructed following wartime damage.  The Schloss is surrounded by the Schlosspark, an oasis of tranquillity amidst the bustle of the city.

Altes Schloss 5,10 Euro. Day-card for the whole building 7,70 Euro.

Ägyptisches Museum (Egyptian Museum)

Schlossstrasse 70, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Tel +49 30 32 09 12 61 

U-Bahn station Richard Wagner Platz, U7
U-Bahn station Sophie-Charlotte Platz, U2
S-Bahn station Westend

Opening hours: Tu – Fr 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sa & Su 11 am- 6 pm

Ticket price 4 Euro

The museum houses a significant collection on Ancient Egypt, with the most important exhibit being the Bust of Nefertiti, 1350 BC.

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church)

Breitscheidplatz, Berlin-Charlottenburg

S+U-Bahn Zoologischer Garten

U-Bahn Kurfürstendamm

This church is one of the most important memorials in Berlin. Built  between 1891-1895 by Franz Schwechten in the neo-romanesque style, it  was severely damaged during an air-raid in November 1943 and the ruins were  left as a memorial to the horrors of war. The new building integrates the ruin in a complex including a modern octagonal church and a bell tower.

The bell tolls every hour and plays a song by Prince Louis Ferdinand.

Zoologischer Garten (Zoo) only)

Hardenbergplatz 8 or Budapester Strasse 34.
+49 30 25 40 10

S+U-Bahn station Zoologischer Garte
U-Bahn lines U2 and U9
S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7, S75, S9

Founded in 1844 the Berlin Zoo is Germany’s oldest zoo. And with more than 1600 species, the Berlin Zoo has more species than any other zoo in the world. The zoo was completely destroyed in 1943 with only 93 animals surviving, but by July 1945 the first restocked cages were re-introduced.

The Berlin Aquarium is located next to the zoo. (website in German. Only certain information, like history and entrance fees available in English)

Opening hours (zoo):  Monday-Sunday 9:00 AM-6: 30 PM, entrance fee 8 Euro.

Opening hours (aquarium): Monday-Sunday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM entrance fee 8 Euro.

Combined ticket for zoo and aquarium is 13 Euro.

Berlin also has another zoo, Tierpark Friedrichsfelde, in the eastern part of the city.


Note: not to be mistaken with Kurfürstenstrasse, which is in another part of town.

One of the most famous boulevards of West Berlin, it is lined with elegant shops, department stores, designer boutiques, restaurants and cafes. The main shopping center in downtown Berlin stretches along the Ku’damm (as the locals call it) past the Memorial Church and down Tauentzien Strasse to Wittenbergplatz. 


Tauentzienstr. 21-24

+49 30 21 21 0

U-Bahn station Wittenbergplatz, lines U2, U15.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:30AM- 8:00PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

At the end of  Ku’damm one can find the KadeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens—literally meaning Department Store of the West). Berlin most famous department store and said to be Europe’s largest department store (sorry Harrod’s) is best known for its food department on the sixth floor with the widest selection of delicacies und specialties in town. It is the only department store to escape bombing during World War II.



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updated: 23.09.08