Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Historic Mitte

Reichstag

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 Foster: the 1894 Reichstag is indeed one of Berlin’s most iconi…
Top Choice Museum in Historic Mitte

Topographie des Terrors

In the spot where the most feared institutions of Nazi Germany (including the Gestapo headquarters and the SS central command) once stood, this compelling exhibit chronicles the stages of terror and persecution, put…
Top Choice Museum in Historic Mitte

Deutsches Historisches Museum

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 now home of the German Historical Museum. Upstairs, displays c…
Top Choice Memorial in Historic Mitte

Holocaust Memorial

Inaugurated in 2005, this football-field-sized memorial by American architect Peter Eisenman consists of 2711 sarcophagi-like concrete columns rising in sombre silence from the undulating ground. You’re free to acce…
Top Choice Landmark in Historic Mitte

Brandenburger Tor

A symbol of division during the Cold War, the landmark Brandenburg Gate now epitomises German reunification. Carl Gotthard Langhans found inspiration in Athens’ Acropolis for the elegant triumphal arch, completed in…
Top Choice Square in Historic Mitte

Gendarmenmarkt

This graceful square is bookended by the domed German and French cathedrals and punctuated by a grandly porticoed concert hall, the Konzerthaus. It was named for the Gens d’Armes, an 18th-century Prussian regiment c…
Top Choice Historic Site in Historic Mitte

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was the principal gateway for foreigners and diplomats between the two Berlins from 1961 to 1990. Unfortunately, this potent symbol of the Cold War has degenerated into a tacky tourist trap, thoug…
Architecture in Historic Mitte

IM Pei Bau

High-calibre temporary exhibits, curated by the Deutsches Historisches Museum, occupy this spectacular contemporary annexe designed by Chinese-American architect IM Pei. Fronted by a glass spiral, it’s an uncompromi…
Square in Historic Mitte

Pariser Platz

Lorded over by the landmark Brandenburg Gate, this elegant square was completely flattened in WWII, then spent the Cold War trapped just east of the Berlin Wall. Look around now: the US, French and British embassies…
Museum in Historic Mitte

Ort der Information

This chilling exhibit under the Holocaust Memorial examines personal aspects of this unfathomable chapter in human history by movingly lifting the veil of anonymity from the six million Holocaust victims. Poignant a…