Berlin

Welcome to Berlin – we are delighted to welcome you to the beautiful capital on the river Spree!

In Berlin, there’s always so much to do, every day of the year, any time of the day – a sparkling array of events, highlights, entertainment and culture. Experience Berlin up close and find the most popular sights below.

Sightseeing in Berlin

© visitBerlin, Photo: Wolfgang Scholvien

A passageway to history: Brandenburg Gate

No other monument in Berlin is as famous around the world as Brandenburg Gate, built between 1789 and 1791 to plans by C. G. Langhans on Pariser Platz in the heart of the city. After the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, Brandenburg Gate became impassable for 28 years. As a signature attraction and symbol of German reunification, it now represents the past and present of the German capital in exemplary fashion. The gate is supported by six Doric columns, forming five passageways with pedestrian-only access. The famous quadriga depicting the goddess of victory, Victoria, riding a four-horse chariot was added in 1794.

© visitBerlin, Photo: Wolfgang Scholvien

All the way up: Berlin’s TV tower

Berlin’s 368-metre high television tower is the tallest building in Germany. It was erected in Berlin’s historic centre right next to the medieval Church of St. Mary close to the Rotes Rathaus and immediately to the west of Alexanderplatz square. At a height of more than 200 metres, its observation platforms offer a magnificent panoramic view of the city. The tower was opened in 1969, although apparently the architects were not invited to the ceremony. The reason was that those in power at the time were annoyed about the cross-shaped reflection on the outer panels – known as ‘the Pope’s revenge’.

© visitBerlin, Photo: Günter Steffen

A treasure trove of human history: Berlin’s Museum Island

A UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the city, Berlin’s Museum Island is a hugely popular attraction both with locals and international tourists. One of the world’s most important museum complexes, it is home to priceless cultural treasures. Collections at the Museum of the Ancient World, New Museum, Old National Gallery, Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum take visitors on a fascinating journey through art and culture from the cradle of civilisation in Mesopotamia through Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic World and the Middle Ages right up to the modern age and 19th century Romanticism.

Berlin Wall

From 1961 to 1989 the Berlin Wall divided the city in two. Most of this concrete structure has since been torn down, but fragments do remain a feature of the city. The Berlin Wall Trail, a route for walkers and cyclists split into 14 sections, follows the path of the former wall. Information panels installed at 30 points tell the story of the Berlin Wall. The colourful and recently restored East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain is a piece of the hinterland wall that in 1990 was painted by artists from 21 countries. On Bernauer Strasse, where there is a replica section of the Berlin Wall, you can also visit a memorial site, a documentation centre and the Chapel of Reconciliation.

Shopping

A taste of Old Berlin: the Hackesche Höfe

The Hackesche Höfe is a magnificent retail complex that embodies the history and characteristic buzz of Berlin’s Mitte district. Germany’s largest interconnected series of courtyards, the site has been under a historical preservation order since 1977. Exuding all the distinctive charm of the city’s traditional courtyards, it is home to a vibrant mix of art galleries, cinemas, theatres, variety venues, restaurants and bars, not to mention all the charming boutiques and big-name flagship stores.

KaDeWe – the largest department store in continental Europe

The KaDeWe is located on Wittenbergplatz in Schöneberg. Lovers of luxury will find much more here than the wide range of women’s and men’s fashion from international designer labels. The sixth-floor food hall is world-famous and has long been Berlin’s top temple to all things gourmet

Culture

Classical Music

Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1
10785 Berlin
T: +49 30 254880
www.berliner-philharmoniker.de

Konzerthaus Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt
10117 Berlin
T: +49 30 203092101
www.konzerthaus.de

Opera & Ballet

Konzerthaus Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt
10117 Berlin
T: +49 30 203092101
www.konzerthaus.de

Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55–57
10117 Berlin
T: +49 30 47997400
www.komische-oper-berlin.de

Museums

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin
T: +49 30 25993300
http://www.jmberlin.de

German Museum of Technology
Trebbiner Str. 9
10963 Berlin
T: +49 30 902540
http://sdtb.de/technikmuseum/startseite/

Museum of Natural History
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin
T: +49 30 20938591
https://www.naturkundemuseum.berlin/

Key Dates

31
Aug
Early bird deadline
1:00 - 23:59
13
Nov
Start 1st EUROFORGE conFAIR
0:01 - 23:59

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