Good for: Tourists Beware, Panoramic pictures, good value
Lonely Planet review for Berliner Dom
Pompous yet majestic, the Italian Renaissance-style former royal court church (1905) does triple duty as house of worship, museum and concert hall. Inside it's gilt to the hilt and outfitted with a lavish marble-and-onyx altar, a 7269-pipe Sauer organ and elaborate royal sarcophagi . Climb up the 267 steps to the gallery for glorious city views.
For more dead royals, albeit in less extravagant coffins, drop down below to the crypt. Skip the cathedral museum unless you’re interested in the building’s construction. The sanctuary has great acoustics and is often used for concerts, sometimes played on the huge and famous Sauer organ.
Admission to the Dom is free during the short prayer services at noon Monday to Saturday and 6pm Monday to Friday. The service at 6pm on Thursday is in English. Last paid admission is one hour before closing.