Thursday, 9 of November 1989 was a historic day for Berlin. After 28 years, the Berlin wall came down, ending the separation from east and West Berlin.
Now 25 years after the fall of the wall we revisit the cosmopolitan; where the classic, modern and extravagant mix almost seamlessly.
If you're traveling to Berlin and do not know much about the city, the best way to start is by reading its exciting story. We got you covered when it comes to investigating the must see and travel tips.
Berlin is a huge city. It is the largest territory extension of Europe, overtaking cities like London and Paris, but with its 3.4 million inhabitants, it has much lower density. Therefore, when visiting Berlin it’s essential that you use the public transport.
Start by making the wall your priority; with highlights such as Checkpoint Charlie or the East-Side Gallery, you will discover a bit of the two Berlin's it used to be. Pro Tip: You can get your passport stamped at Checkpoint Charlie, touristic but unique.
If you only have a few days, then I recommend focusing on the Mitte for the greatest concentration of sights, many of which are free.
Here you will find features such as the Berliner Dom, Reichstag, Soviet Memorial, Neue Wache, Museum Island, The Topography of Terror, Tiergarden and Brandenburg Gate.
The Reichstag serves as the German parliament building. In an attempt to hold politicians and citizens alike to a standard of "openness," the top of the building is a breathtaking glass dome. The dome is open to visitors; however, you’ll have to register online quite in advance, since this is a popular attractions and tickets sell out for several days beforehand. If you fail to do this, and you still want a 360 view of the city, you can always go up the Go up the Fernsehturm, better known as the TV tower.
They say that Berlin has 170 museums, many of them found at the Museum Island. However, if you're not very fond of museums, you must at least aim to visit the Pergamon Museum.
Do not leave Berlin without paying your respects at the Holocaust Memorial; this monument, which reminds the thousands of victims of the Holocaust consists of 2711 concrete blocks spread over a huge area of 19,000 square meters and under him the museum.
The Neue Wache memorial is nothing short of an eerie view, with a small amount of light propagating from the roof toward a mesmerizing sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz. The sculpture is aptly titled "Mother with her Dead Son." Aside from this grand adornment, the room is empty.
The Topography of Terror museum will take you way back to 1930, and the development of Nazi-/Gestapo-/Secret Service-induced terror, if you are a sensitive person I would highly recommend to skip this.
Wander through Tiergarten; Berlin’s lung right in the middle of the city. It features a cemetery in which lie the remains of Red Army soldiers, and one of the best-kept secrets of this beautiful natural area is open to the public nudist space offered in summer, example of progressive culture within the city.
At the end of this garden, the magnificent Brandenburg Gate will be waiting for you. This gate is one of the most iconic monuments in Berlin. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, it too became a symbol of unity and freedom.
Get lost on the Dead Chicken Alley, and discover the alternative Berlin, well known for it’s with the bursting electronic music scene and street art.
If you want to explore beyond the Mitte, then there is a wide selection for your style. Head to Charlottenburg if it’s a Baroque palace you’re after or retreat to Schöneberg’s Grunewald for a rural escape.
Prenzlauer Berg is better known for hip shops and cafes than sights, but the city’s premier wall museum, Berliner Mauer Dokumentationszentrum, is a must-see in this neighborhood.
Kreuzberg is less known for its sights, but in my opinion, is the best area to go in search of art; artists have taken over old depots and abandoned buildings, and brought them to life both inside and out.