Berlin is the capital city of Germany, with a population of 3.400.000 citizens over an area of 891 square kilometers. It is Germany’s most important city and has a surface 9 times larger than Paris’. The city has 12 territories.
Berlin it is notorious for its great standards, its various cafes and restaurants, its refined places of culture like palaces and museums and its rich history.
There are lots of places that you could visit in Berlin. Here is a list of things that you should absolutely see during your Berlin holiday:
Brandenburg Gate is the sign of Berlin. It was set up between 1788-1791. It split Berlin in two (Western Berlin and Eastern Berlin). On December 22th, 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate was once again opened.
The German parliament (Reichstag), constructed between 1884-1894 was destroyed by bombings at the end of The Second World War. It has been reconstructed in a creative way (today, the structure has a huge glass roof). Norman Foster is the artisan in charge with this task.
Friedrichstadtpalast Palace is the place where you can observe exceptional shows. Some of the 153 city museums that would present curiosity are: Museum of History, Egyptian Museum, Alte und Neue National Gallery (where you can admire the pieces of great painters such as Picasso or Dali), the Pergamon Museum (with temptations like Zeus’ Altar of Pergamon or the Roman Gate from Milet).
Television Tower (1965-1969) is the highest construction in Berlin, reaching 368 m. At the height of 250 m you can have lunch and admire the whole city panorama in a restaurant that circles around its axis in approximately 30 minutes.
Gedächniskirche Church (1891-1895) is an Neo-Roman style Evangelical church that was almost totally torn down at the end of the Second World War. The avant-garde part was erected between 1959-1961 by the architect Egon Eiermann.
Adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate was built a monument in the memory of the Jews killed in the war. The monument consists of 2711 large concrete blocks stretched on an area of 19000 square meters.
Nikolaiviertel is a small district situated in the city’s historic center. Its narrow streets are very famous and have a lot of restaurants, shops, bars and cafes. In the center of Nikolaiviertel lies the oldest Berlin church, Nikolaikirche
Charlottenburg Palace (1695-1699) is the most delightful palace in Berlin. It was built as a summer residence by Friedrich III for his wife, Sophie Charlotte.
The Berlin Zoo is the most important and biggest zoo in the world. It has over 1400 unique species and a total of 19000 animals. There you can see one of the most beautiful] and largest aquariums in the world.
Berlin Hauptbahnhof is one of the avant-garde and latest projects accomplished in Berlin. It is the biggest railway station in Europe and it was inaugurated on the occasion of World Football Championship in Germany 2006.
The Berlin Wall was a hallmark of the Cold War, dividing the Western Berlin from the German Democratic Republic. In November 1989 the wall fell, putting an end to the communist authority and allowing Germany to take a valuable step toward its reunification.