The Reichstag, Germany’s main Parliament building, an incredibly beautiful and distinctive building in Mitte, Berlin. Today tourists can have the amazing privilege of ascending into the great glass dome and gazing upon the exciting city it is home to, as well as learning a thing or two about the dramatic history.
Unter den Linden Street
The Unter Den Linden Boulevard should definitely feature on your Berlin travel itinerary. It is a road flanked on both sides by lemon trees which gives the entire place a very enchanting feel during the day and during the night, the lit up boulevard is simply magical. The equestrian statue of Friedrich Wilhelm II adorns one end of the road.
This dramatic presence on the city skyline is, in fact, a cluster of beautiful and extensive museums promising to amaze and inspire everybody who visits. Passes for the Museum Island, which also guarantee entry to many other museums and exhibitions around Berlin, can be purchased for a very reasonable sum, allowing visitors to go wherever their inspiration takes them.
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor in German) marks a very prominent place on the cultural and historical map of Berlin. This beautiful triumphal arch stands at the end of the Unter den Linden Boulevard. It is considered a symbol of the extremely rich history of Germany. Not a part of the original fortifications, it is believed that it was set up to separate the regions. Although it was constructed as a symbol of peace, it became like a portal for the people on both sides while Germany was still separated. While in the past, it used to be an important symbol of the separation of Germany into East and West, today it is a powerful symbol of the unification due to its historical significance.
Berlin Wall is one of the biggest historical landmarks in the history of not only Berlin but the entire world. Berlin Wall was initially built to keep out capitalism and protect Berlin and the city from outside forces. Over time, the Wall saw a lot of attempted escaped and more than a hundred deaths in the process. In 1975, the wall was recreated from roughly 45,000 slabs and today Berlin has the major part of the remaining wall which was built under Soviet Pressure. You can still feel the intensity of the US and Soviet face off once you are at this wall memorial. In all, the Berlin Wall marks a very significant place on the historical map of Berlin-which is tragic and enriching at the same time. Berlin Wall tours cover a lot of other monuments as well. This memorial is a place to understand the history and relive the sacrifice of Berliners.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, this striking space, composed of concrete blocks, covers almost five acres, right in the center of Berlin. It resembles a cemetery and even on a summer’s day, it definitely has a distinctly somber feel.
Although it was heavily bombed during World War Two, this imposing cathedral has been beautifully restored to the architectural marvel it has always been, from the distinctive exterior to the exacting detail of the ceiling. Guided tours as well as audio guides are available and tell visitors fascinating anecdotes and facts as well as illuminating the many historical aspects of the cathedral.