In 2017, I got to visit Germany for the first time. Berlin, specifically. It has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember due to it’s rich history and it did not disappoint. Here are 7 things that you should definitely go and see if you are in Berlin.
The Reichstag is the seat of the federal German Republic and it served as a seat of paliment during the Weimar Republic.
The Victory Column ‘Siegessaule’
The Victory Column was designed in 1864 for the square facing the Reichstag. Part of it is decorated with gilded cannon-barrels that were captured in war. At the start of WW2, it was moved to the ‘Great Star’ roundabout where it still stands now.
Berlin Cathedral Church
This is the biggest church in Berlin. Though it was completed in 1905, it was destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt. As well as a church, it is also has a museum and crypt that is open to the public. From the dome you have a brilliant panoramic view of the city centre.
This is most famous in the films set during WW2 and the Cold War but it was originally built in 1794 and now stands as the only remaining ancient city gate. During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate was a part of the Berlin Wall and became known as ‘the death strip’ and was symbolic of the city’s separation. After the fall of the Wall it was reopened on 22nd December 1989.
This was one of my favourite places within Berlin. It was a scene of such ignorance and hurt and now it is a symbol of hope & beauty. Over 1.3km of the Wall was painted by 118 artists.
The Tiergarten is also called ‘The Green Lung of Berlin’ and is situated near the Victory Column, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. It is over 200 hectacres and is the largest park in Berlin & second largest public city park in the whole of Germany. The Berlin Zoo & Aquarium (Zoolischer Garten) is in the Tiergarten.
Checkpoint Charlie serves as another historical reminder of the Cold War. Nothing remains of the original checkpoint that served as a barrier between the American and Soviet sectors of Berlin, but a replica is in it’s place. On the 25th October 1961, Russian and American tanks were facing each other at this spot ready to open fire to cause the start of WW3! There is a museum open from 9am-10pm daily.
Berlin really is one of my favourite cities and I look forward to hopefully visiting again in the future. Have you ever been to Berlin? What do you think is a must-see?