Berlin is the capital and the largest city in Germany and is a major center of culture, politics, media, and tourism. The modern city has amazing public transportation and is home to many great universities, museums and entertainment venues that host a multitude of different sporting events every year. If you’re looking for a family-friendly yet captivating city to visit, you might want to add Berlin to your list!
The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate (or Brandenburger Tor) is the most popular landmark in all of Berlin. Dating back to the 18th century, the ceremonial gateway is considered a symbol not only of the history of the city but also of European unity and peace. It’s also a stunning monument with beautiful columns and imposing statues that should; visiting the Brandenburg Gate should be a priority to see when you’re in the city.
East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery in Berlin is an international memorial for freedom. It’s technically a section of the Berlin Wall that runs about 1,316m in length and consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world. The paintings themselves document a time when Berlin was undergoing a massive transformation and artists wanted to show their support for the future of people all around the world. For anyone interested in art, this is a unique gallery and a unique window into the past.
Museum Island is the northern half of a long island in the midst of the Spree River. There are five major museums located on the island that have some of the most prestigious collections in the entire world. The Altes Museum, The Neues Museum, The Alte Nationalgalerie, The Bode Museum and The Pergamon Museum are home to artifacts like the Ishtar Gate and the bust of Queen Nefertiti and amazing works of art from across history. In 1999, the redesigned museum complex was named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards you can also visit the Berlin Cathedral, located on the same island.
The Friedrichstraße is one of the most popular shopping streets in Berlin. It’s most known for its high-class real estate market and high-end shopping stores. Lined with five-star luxury hotels, this district embraces the modern spirit of the city, combining the old with unusual new designs. You can get in some shopping and take a peek at “Checkpoint Charlie”—once a gateway in the Berlin Wall that bisected the city (although we don’t recommend the small museum). Explore the area on foot and pick up some souvenirs from the Cold War.
Charlottenburg Palace was built at the end of the 17th century and is the largest palace in all of Berlin. The façade and labyrinth of chambers are elaborately decorated in both the baroque and rococo style, and there is a stately formal garden behind the palace. While the building was damaged during World War II, it has been completely restored and reopened for interested visitors. There are only certain areas that are open to tourists as the palace is also used for different entertainment events and banquets, while attendees should also visit the café, arts and crafts museum, and expansive gardens.
Berlin is a city steeped history and rebuilt by artists, dreamers, and dedicated citizens. There is so much to see and do this just the start.