Berlin teems with attractions to satisfy any holidaymaker’s wish for a vacation well spent. If you love history and enjoy seeing historical landmarks up close and personal, pack comfortable walking shoes because you will have much to see, and your feet will thank you. For art or architecture enthusiasts, breathtaking examples of the finest order await you in Berlin’s neighborhoods. Moreover, if you’re traveling with children, the whole family can get in on the fun at some of the most enjoyable attractions around, before heading back exhausted to your Hotel in Berlin.
The German capital city contains some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, which in turn highlight some of the most infamous and memorable moments in world history. The Berlin Wall is one such example, and although most of it came down to symbolize German re-unification, you can still find remnants of it throughout the city like at Checkpoint Charlie, a former border crossing point. You can also see parts of the Wall at Eastside Gallery, the world’s largest open-air art gallery. For history buffs, The Story of Berlin, an interactive exhibition that chronicles 800 years of Berlin’s past, is a must-see.
In addition to the Eastside Gallery, Berlin contains a dazzling array of interesting, diverse museums and galleries. The glorious Bode Museum, with its domed top, boasts a collection of sculptures from different eras as well as Byzantine art. Nearby, the popular Pergamon Museum features the Antiquity Collection, the Islamic Art Museum and the Middle East Museum. In Lindenstrasse, the Jewish Museum puts together impressive exhibitions recounting two thousand years of German Jewish experiences, within a unique environment. The permanent exhibition of Salvador Dali’s work near Postdamer Platz, the Egyptian Museum and Museum für Gegenwart, a contemporary art gallery housed in a former railway station, are more notable art spaces.
Outdoors, the city displays one architectural marvel after another. Gendarmenmarkt, a town square a few blocks north of Checkpoint Charlie, is one of Europe’s most beautiful, and contains the French and German Cathedrals. In Mitte, Alexanderplatz is another beloved square, where you can view the TV tower, or Fernsehturm, and other remnants of East Berlin. Walking down Unter den Linden, a linden tree-lined avenue, you can see many famous and impressive landmarks all around including the neoclassical Berlin State Opera and the German Historical Museum, the avenue’s oldest building. The marvelous Brandenburg Gate and Berliner Dom, a neo-Renaissance beauty with an ornate interior, are more examples of architecturally significant buildings along Unter den Linden. The baroque masterpiece Charlottenburg Palace should also rank high on your sightseeing to-do list.
A favorite among children and Lego-fans of all ages, the indoor Legoland Discovery Centre in Potsdamer Platz provides immensely fun activities and entertainment such as a Lego factory, build and test centre, a cinema featuring 3D and 4D special effects and themed rides. For some fun in the open air, visit Germany’s oldest zoo in Tiergarten and sneak a peak at some famous animals like Knut, the polar bear, as well as jellyfish and other aquatic creatures in the aquarium.