Must-see attractions in Berlin

  • Museum island on Spree river and Alexanderplatz TV tower in center of Berlin, Germany


    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    Walk through ancient Babylon, meet an Egyptian queen, clamber up a Greek altar or be mesmerized by Monet's ethereal landscapes. Welcome to Museumsinsel …

  • Neues Museum und Alte Nationalgalerie (right) at Museumsinsel in Berlin.

    Neues Museum

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    For over 60 years, not a soul was able to visit Berlin’s Neues Museum – in fact, it sat in ruins. But today it’s one of the city’s most celebrated…

  • The Museumsinsel in Berlin


    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    The Pergamonmuseum is one of Berlin’s most visited historical gems and perhaps also its most controversial. This museum offers an archaeological time-warp…

  • BERLIN, GERMANY- October 15, 2014: Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed starting on 13 August 1961. East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. October 15, 2014 in Berlin

    East Side Gallery


    The East Side Gallery is the embodiment of Berlin’s grit and guts.

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    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    Germany's tallest structure, the TV Tower is a Berlin icon.

  • Topographie des Terrors, Museum

    Topographie des Terrors

    Historic Mitte

    This compelling exhibit tells stories of terror and persecution in Nazi Germany.

  • Statue of the Great Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg standing in grand courtyard of Charlottenburg Palace.

    Schloss Charlottenburg

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Charlottenburg Palace is one of Berlin's few sites that still reflect the one-time grandeur of the Hohenzollern clan, which ruled the region from 1415 to…

  • Gemaldegalerie, Gallery



    This museum ranks among the world's finest and most comprehensive collections of European art with about 1500 paintings spanning the arc of artistic…

  • The Reichstag, Berlin.


    Historic Mitte

    It’s been burned, bombed, rebuilt, buttressed by the Wall, wrapped in fabric and finally turned into the modern home of the German parliament by Norman…

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    Stasi Prison


    Victims of Stasi persecution often ended up in this grim remand prison, now a memorial site officially called Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. Tours …

  • Deutsches Historiches Museum, Museum

    Deutsches Historisches Museum

    Historic Mitte

    If you’re wondering what the Germans have been up to for the past 1500 years, take a spin around the baroque Zeughaus, formerly the Prussian arsenal and…

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    Holocaust Memorial

    Historic Mitte

    Inaugurated in 2005, this football-field-sized memorial by American architect Peter Eisenman consists of 2711 sarcophagi-like concrete columns rising in…

  • Restaurants and a cinema inside the Sony Center complex at the Potsdamer Platz.

    Potsdamer Platz


    The rebirth of the historic Potsdamer Platz was Europe's biggest building project of the 1990s, a showcase of urban renewal masterminded by such top…

  • (GERMANY OUT) Aussenansicht: Betonstelen im"E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Garten"- M?rz 1999 (Photo by Brigitte Hiss/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

    Jüdisches Museum


    In a landmark building by American-Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, Berlin’s Jewish Museum offers a chronicle of the trials and triumphs in 2000 years…

  • Roses protruding from the Berlin Wall

    Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer

    Prenzlauer Berg

    For an insightful primer on the Berlin Wall, visit this outdoor memorial, which extends for 1.4km along Bernauer Strasse and integrates an original…

  • Tiergarten, Park



    Berlin’s rulers used to hunt boar and pheasants in the rambling Tiergarten until garden architect Peter Lenné landscaped the grounds in the 19th century…

  • Brandenburg Gate.

    Brandenburger Tor

    Historic Mitte

    A symbol of division during the Cold War, the landmark Brandenburg Gate now epitomises German reunification. Carl Gotthard Langhans found inspiration in…

  • Sony Center, Cinema

    Sony Center


    Designed by Helmut Jahn, the visually dramatic Sony Center is fronted by a 26-floor, glass-and-steel tower and integrates rare relics from the prewar era…

  • Sammlung Boros


    This Nazi-era bunker presents one of Berlin's finest private contemporary art collections, amassed by advertising guru Christian Boros who acquired the…

  • Museum für Naturkunde


    Fossils and minerals don’t quicken your pulse? Well, how about Tristan, the T-Rex? His skeleton is among the best-preserved in the world and, along with…

  • DDR Museum

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    This touchy-feely museum does an insightful and entertaining job of pulling back the iron curtain on daily life in socialist East Germany. You'll learn…

  • Hackesche Höfe


    The Hackesche Höfe is the largest and most famous of the courtyard ensembles peppered throughout the Scheunenviertel. Built in 1907, the eight interlinked…

  • Zeiss Grossplanetarium

    Prenzlauer Berg

    It was the most advanced planetarium in East Germany at its opening in 1987 and after the recent renovation it has upped the scientific, technology and…

  • Gendarmenmarkt

    Historic Mitte

    This graceful square is bookended by the domed German and French cathedrals and punctuated by a grandly porticoed concert hall, the Konzerthaus. It was…

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    Volkspark Friedrichshain


    Berlin’s oldest public park has provided relief from urbanity since 1840, but has been hilly only since the late 1940s, when wartime debris was piled up…

  • Zoo Berlin, Zoo

    Zoo Berlin

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Berlin's zoo holds a triple record as Germany's oldest (since 1844), most species-rich and most popular animal park. Top billing at the moment goes to a…

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    Historic Mitte

    Checkpoint Charlie was the principal gateway for foreigners and diplomats between the two Berlins from 1961 to 1990. Unfortunately, this potent symbol of…

  • Tempelhofer Feld


    The airfield of Tempelhof Airport, which so gloriously handled the Berlin airlift of 1948–49, has been repurposed as one of the largest urban parks in the…

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    Schloss Charlottenburg - Neuer Flügel

    City West & Charlottenburg

    The palace’s most beautiful rooms are the flamboyant private chambers of Frederick the Great, designed in 1746 by the period's star architect Georg…

  • Museum Berggruen

    Museum Berggruen

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Classic modern art is the ammo of this delightful museum where Picasso is especially well represented, with paintings, drawings and sculptures from all…

  • Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) and Fountain Illuminated in the Evening, Germany

    Berliner Dom

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    Pompous yet majestic, the Italian Renaissance–style former royal court church (1905) does triple duty as house of worship, museum and concert hall. Inside…

  • Martin Gropius Bau, Theater



    With its mosaics, terracotta reliefs and airy atrium, this Italian Renaissance–style exhibit space named for its architect (Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius…

  • Panarama Punkt, Viewpoint



    Europe’s fastest lift, Panoramapunkt yo-yos up and down the red-brick postmodern Kollhoff Tower in 20 seconds. From the bilevel viewing platform at a…

  • New Synagogue Berlin, built in 1886

    Neue Synagoge


    The gleaming gold dome of the Neue Synagoge is the most visible symbol of Berlin’s revitalised Jewish community. The 1866 original was Germany's largest…

  • Altes Nationalgalerie colonnade by the River Spree

    Alte Nationalgalerie

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    The Greek temple–style Old National Gallery is a three-storey showcase of 19th-century European art. To get a sense of the period's virtuosity, pay…

  • C/O Berlin, Gallery

    C/O Berlin

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Founded in 2000, C/O Berlin is the capital's most respected private, nonprofit exhibition centre for international photography and is based at the iconic…

  • Deutsches Technikmuseum


    A roof-mounted ‘candy bomber’ (the plane used in the 1948 Berlin Airlift) is merely the overture to this enormous and hugely engaging shrine to technology…

  • Altes Museum

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    A curtain of fluted columns gives way to the Pantheon-inspired rotunda of the grand neoclassical Old Museum, which harbours a prized antiquities…

  • Schloss Charlottenburg – Altes Schloss

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Fronted by Andreas Schlüter’s equestrian statue of the Great Elector (1699), the baroque living quarters of Friedrich I and Sophie-Charlotte are an…

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