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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.
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.
Christmas Garden Berlin
15.11.2018–6.01.2019 | daily 16:30–22:00
Königin-Luise-Strasse 6 | 14195 Berlin
From November to January the Botanical Garden in Berlin turns into a brightly coloured winter fairyland with illuminations, magic woods and light sculptures. Inspired by „Christmas in Kew“ in England, Christmas Garden Berlin invites visitors to a relaxing and enchanting stroll in Berlin‘s Botanical Garden. For almost eight weeks the two kilometres round tour features over a million light spots, colourful illuminations and Christmas-themed 3D figures all over the grounds. Read more
Freedom | The Art of the Novembergruppe 1918–1935
09.11.2018–11.03.2019 | Wed–Mon 10:00–18:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
Alte Jakobstrasse 124–128 | 10969 Berlin
In the revolutionary turmoil of 1918, artists, sculptors and architects in Berlin formed the Novembergruppe as an “association of radical fine artists”. Its aim was to “mix people and art as closely as possible”. By 1932 the Group had exhibited about 3,000 works by 470 artists, among them many key figures of Classical Modernism, but also artists still waiting to be rediscovered. There will be approximately 120 works on show, all of which were featured at Novembergruppe exhibitions. They present a new perspective on avant-garde art during the Weimar Republic and the social utopias it harboured. Read more
Wilde Matilde Variety Show
22.06.2018–22.06.2019 | Fri–Sat 20:00–00:00
Rathausstr. 23 | 10178 Berlin
A colorful variety show in a circus themed bar! You can find this show here every Friday and Saturday night. Filled with dancers, arielists, musicians, contortionists and more. Enjoy delicious food and drinks along with an exciting show at this new bar. Read more
An Installation by Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin
17.11.2018–31.07.2019 | daily 10:00–20:00
Lindenstraße 14 | 10969 Berlin
Beginning on 17 November 2017, the Jewish Museum Berlin will be presenting res•o•nant, a new light and sound installation by the Düsseldorf-based concept artist Mischa Kuball. Across 350 square meters of the Rafael Roth Gallery, in the basement of the Daniel Libeskind building, visitors will traverse a three-dimensional multi-part installation that will also be shown in public spaces in Berlin through summer 2019. Read more
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