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Top 10 things to do in Berlin

Thanks to its abundance of cool galleries, attractions and nightlife , there’s no end of things to do in Berlin. Berlin’s history of battling ideologies makes for some of the most fascinating sightseeing in Europe. Walk the Wall, step back into the past and hang out with the avant-garde. Top 10 things to do in Berlin:

1.The Berlin Wall

The Wall was mostly demolished in 1990 although a restored stretch remains along the southern border of Wedding and Mitte. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, the famous east-west border control during the Cold War and now a tourist centre. For more of a visual history, take a walk along the Wall by the Spree, where it runs between the Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg districts. Whereas graffiti has been removed from the northern section of the Wall, the one-mile stretch known as the East Side Gallery is dedicated to art and preserves the paintings made on the eastern side when the Wall was brought down.

2.Brandenburg Gate

For first-timers in Berlin the Brandenburg Gate is obligatory. It is full of real emotion and meaning, as an ever-present landmark during the destruction of the Second World War and the Berlin Wall when it stood at the divide.

This ceremonial monument was erected at the turn of the 1790s at the behest of the Prussian King Frederick William II, on the site of one of Berlin’s former defensive gates.


Another landmark that sums up the drama of the 20th century in Berlin is the Reichstag, the meeting place of the German Parliament. Neo-Baroque building dates from 1894. It was damaged in historic fire in 1933. The ruins were merely maintained until after the Berlin Wall fell.

4.Memorial to the Murdered Jews

Peter Eisenman’s controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews consists of 2,711 concrete slabs (stelae) arranged in a neat grid near the Brandenburger Tor. They’re deliberately built at varying height to give visitors a sense of disorientation and confusion. The memorial’s underground visitor centre, full of heartbreaking personal stories, is often missed but very poignant.


Berlin is home to some of the most exciting museums in Europe. The city even has a whole area dedicated to some of the most internationally important museums on it’s very own “ Berlin Museum Island”.  Visitors can enjoy  the Bode Museum which displays the Sculpture Collection, the Numismatic Colletion and works from the Gemäldegalerie – Old Master Paintings, as well as the Pergamon Museum which holds many pieces from Babylon, Uruk, Assur, Priene and Egypt. For those with a historical interest in the days of the Third Reich and World War II we recommend you visit the Anne Frank Zentrum , Deutsch-Russisches Museum and the Mauer Museum.

6.Art Galleries

Berlin many art galleries exhibiting a wide range of work from contemporary modern pieces to Asian collections to collections containing centuries old work. The Germalde Gallery is one of the most popular galleries in Berlin and is seen as one of the most important in the world due to it’s collections from European artists of the 13th to 18th Century. Another gallery popular with art lovers is the Alte National Gallery with its impressive exhibition of art from 19th Century. Another must-see during a visit to Berlin is the Neue National Gallery.

7.Berlin Zoo

Germany’s oldest zoo occupies a generous corner of the Tiergarten park. Famous for cuddly starlets like Bao Bao the panda and Knut the polar bear, the zoo’s contemporary highlights include two new panda babies Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, from China, a treetop canopy trail with hundreds of free-flying birds, plus an Antarctic-style Penguin World. There are also narrated feedings of elephants, hippos, chimps and sea-lions each day.

8.Picnic in a park

In summer Berliners flock to their favourite parks to tan, picnic and knock back a few beers. The Tiergarten is the central city park. Or, for something unconventional, head to Tempelhofer Park, a former airport turned public park.  Mauerpark, which was forged from the ‘death strip’ once dividing the two Berlins, is another great hangout, especially on Sundays with flea market and outdoor karaoke.


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