Berlin is the capital of Germany, and one of the most impressive capitals and cities in general in the world. If you find yourself there, or if you’re planning to go, and you have no idea what to see or you just don’t know where to start first, we’re here to help. There are a bunch of things to be amazed by, so be sure you have a lot of time on your hands.
The Berlin Wall
So, this is an obvious choice but you can’t really blame us, you hipster, you. The Wall was mostly demolished between June and November 1990, but a restored stretch remains like a testimony to a bad time and a beacon of hope for a better future.
This warning of what can happen can be found along the southern border of Wedding and Mitte.
Now a tourist centre, Checkpoint Charlie was once a famous east-west border control, during the Cold War.
It has comprehensive display boards which tell the Walls story. If you’re more of a visual type of person, take a walk along the Wall by the Spree, where it runs between the Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg districts.
Graffiti has been removed from the northern section of the Wall, but a one mile stretch known as the East Side Gallery is dedicated to art and it preserves the paintings made on the eastern side. That graffiti was created when the Wall was brought down, although it was restored so the original artworks were painted over again.
This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site is at the eastern end of Unter den Linden, in the middle of the Spree. Museum Island is a home to five of Berlin’s most important museums.
At The Neues Museum you can check out the Egyptian bust of queen Nefertiti, and at the Pergamonmuseum you can walk through a series of astounding structures, from the partially recreated Pergamon Altar to the two-storey Roman Gate of Miletus Nebuchadnezzar. The Islamic Art Collection can be found upstairs.
Berlin’s Jewish History
The story of Berlin’s Jewish population is presented in the Jüdisches Museum, through the Museum’s own architecture. The newest section of the building, and the most attractive was designed by the very controversial Jewish architect, Daniel Libeskind.
The shape of the section is based on an exploding star of David. Its interior space disappears into angles, so the focus of the experience is more on the effect of the space than on the actual artifacts.
Across the Oranienburger Straße is the Neue Synagogue. It was built in the late 19th century and it survived World War II, with its golden dome it stands out from afar. A walk through the Denkmal für dies Ermordeten Juden Europas ,also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a highly emotional experience.