5 of my Favourite Places to Visit in Berlin
I recently got back from a few days in Berlin and really did love taking in the city sights. It’s jam packed with heart breaking history, great shopping, beautiful architecture and friendly people. It’s a great place and it’s one that I already can’t wait to go back to.
There are so many things to see and do but I thought I would choose some of my favourite things that I came across during my trip.
Berlin Wall: The Wall Museum & East Side Gallery
The Berlin Wall was a significant part of the cities history after being up for the best part of thirty years so the first stop after landing, grabbing some food and a jumper was the The Wall Museum, East Side Gallery. It’s a concise yet really informative museum in a trendy part of town. Take a walk down both sides of the wall here, it’s the biggest surviving section and there’s some really amazing art work, some of which is really famous. It’s well worth going to see.
Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical monument and is one of the most iconic and well known land marks of Berlin. It was the entrance to Unter den Linden, the gorgeous trail of trees that leads straight to the Royal City Palace of Prussian Monarchs further up the road. It’s now seen as symbol of unity and peace for Berlin. It had a great atmosphere while we were there and it really is a must see for everyone that goes to the city. It’s particularly beautiful at night lit up.
Berlin Zoological Gardens
Berlin Zoological Gardens is considered one of most popular zoos worldwide. They are particularly well known for their polar bears and giant pandas. The zoo is open all year round and the animals looked well looked after. They’re all about conservation and they often collaborate with other zoos, universities and research institutes. They also have one of the largest Aquariums in Europe and it’s a must see. Make sure that you go to the Monkey Bar, which is part of Hotel Bikini,Berlin which overlooks the zoo grounds. It’s beautiful but can get very busy so get there in the early evening for cocktails and music.
Check Point Charlie
There’s plenty of history surrounding Check Point Charlie, and for that reason it became an iconic symbol of the cold war. It was given it’s name from allied troops and basically one of a few check points where they could move from the East to the West sides of the city. After the Cold War, it was made into a tourist attraction with American food chains and shops close by. You can now also get your picture taken and your passport stamped for a few quid. It’s well worth going to see and there ‘s also a small museum just across the road about all that happened there too.
This beautiful building sits on a section of the city called Museum Island in the Mitte borough of Berlin. There has been a church of some kind on this site since 1441 and according to Wikipedia, The Evangelical Supreme Parish Colleiate or in short the ‘Berlin Cathedral has never been the seat of a bishop so isn’t a Cathedral in the actual sense of the word. It’s still pretty spectacular though and really worth a wonder around.
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