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REICHSTAG

REICHSTAG

One of Berlin’s top attractions, the Reichstag building plays host to the German Bundestag, Germany’s national Parliament. Destroyed by fire in 1933, the Reichstag was transformed by British architect, Sir Norman Foster, with the addition of its magnificent centrepiece – its impressive glass cuppola. Today, the dome offers visitors 360-degree views over Berlin’s skyline from its walk-around platforms, in addition to a viewing passage that funnels directly down into the parliamentary chambers.
BRANDENBURG GATE (BRANDENBURG TOR)

BRANDENBURG GATE (BRANDENBURG TOR)

An undisputed iconic Berlin landmark, the Brandenburg Gate has become a symbolic backdrop for reunification and a focal point for momentous city occasions following years of obscurity behind the Berlin Wall. Built in the late 18th century by Carl Langhans as one of 14 triumphal city gates for King Frederick Wilhelm II (and the last one remaining), the gate overlooks Pariser Platz, one of Berlin’s most famous and historic squares.
CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE (SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG)

CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE (SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG)

Named after Prussia’s first queen, Schoss Charlottenburg represents the largest royal residence in Berlin and began life as a modest summer palace before expanding into an opulent city residence for the Prussian rulers. Today, the Schloss Charlottenburg not only comprises the Rococo and Baroque private apartments of the Altes Schloss, home to the largest collection of 18th-century French paintings outside France, but also the expansive yet beautifully-manicured and tranquil Schlossgarten.
UNDER DEN LINDEN

UNDER DEN LINDEN

Literally translated as ‘Under the Linden Trees’, this historic boulevard connects the Brandenburg Gate with Schlossplatz and was formerly used as a riding path for the German monarchs en route to their Tiergarten hunting grounds. Today the Unter den Linden is once again lined with linden trees as well as many striking examples of baroque and classical Prussian architecture, with the imposing statue of Friedrich II as its centrepiece.
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

Berlin’s most prominent border crossing between East and West and scene of the 1961 US and Soviet tank stand-off, Checkpoint Charlie became one of the most recognised symbols of the Cold War Era, remaining in existence until 1990. Today its museum provides a fascinating insight into the events that led to the Wall’s rise and fall, in addition to life on both sides for those separated from loved ones and seeking freedom.
BERLIN CATHEDRAL (BERLINER DOM)

BERLIN CATHEDRAL (BERLINER DOM)

Situated on Museum Island in the River Spree, this beautiful Baroque cathedral was commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1894 and completed in 1905. Despite heavy damage as a result of World War II, the cathedral has been meticulously restored to its former glory with a sumptuous interior dominated by its imposing 7,000-pipe organ, whilst a climb to the top of the dome’s outer balcony offers some unrivalled views over the city skyline
MUSEUM ISLAND (MUSEUMINSEL)

MUSEUM ISLAND (MUSEUMINSEL)

The five museums which comprise Museum Island hold a wealth of treasures within their respective walls. These include the Greek and Roman artefacts of the Altes Museum; the Neues Museum, home to prehistoric, early history and Egyptian works of art; the Greek and Babylonian antiquities of the Pergamon Museum; the Alte Nationalgalerie, hosting one of Germany’s largest collections of 19th-century sculpture and paintings; and the Bode Museum, home too to a impressive ensemble of artworks.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

Situatedjust a short distance from the Brandenburg Gate and the ruins of Hitler’s bunker, the Holocaust Memorial is a rather sombre yet striking ensemble comprising some 2,700 concrete pillars of varying height, shape and size dedicated to preserving the memory of those lost to the Holocaust. Officially known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, there’s also an information centre located underneath this expansive maze of undulating stone slabs.
ALEXANDERPLATZ

ALEXANDERPLATZ

Renamed after Russian Tsar Alexander I, Alexanderplatz was heavily destroyed during World War II, following which it became the centre of East Berlin and a showcase for socialist architecture, seemingly at odds with the architectural greatness and grandeur of West Berlin. Today Alexanderplatz is renowned for its soaring TV Tower (Fernsehturm) known as the ‘toothpick’, as well as the unusual World Time Clock (Weltzeituhr) and Fountain of International Friendship.
GENDARMENMARKT

GENDARMENMARKT

architectural splendour in Berlin with its three iconic city landmarks. Surrounding the statue of Friedrich Schiller, a famous German poet, you’ll find the Konzerthaus, home to the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the Französischer (French) Dom and Deutscher (German) Dom, two seemingly identical and striking cathedrals situated at opposite ends of the square. 

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