Built for the 1936 Olympic Games, Berlin’s coliseum-style Olympiastadion was completely revamped for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and now sports a spidery oval roof, snazzy VIP boxes and top-notch sound, lighting and projection systems. On nonevent days (check the website or call ahead to check) you can explore the stadium on your own (multimedia guide €2) or join a guided tour for access to the locker rooms, warm-up areas and VIP areas. The Hertha BSC Tour must be prebooked online.

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1. Glockenturm

0.47 MILES

For a striking perspective of Berlin’s Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium), take the lift up to the outdoor observation platform of this 77m-high bell tower,…

2. Georg Kolbe Museum

0.62 MILES

Georg Kolbe (1877–1947) was one of Germany's most influential early 20th-century sculptors and a member of the Berlin Secession. He distanced himself from…

3. Funkturm

1.64 MILES

The filigree Funkturm, next to the trade fairgrounds, soars 129m high (14m with antenna) and looks especially pretty when illuminated at night. From the…

4. Mahnmal Gleis 17

2.03 MILES

Between 1941 and 1942, more than 50,000 Jewish Berliners were deported from Gleis 17 (platform 17) next to the S-Bahn station Grunewald. Some 186 trains…

5. Zitadelle Spandau

2.16 MILES

The 16th-century Spandau Citadel, on a little island in the Havel River, is considered one of the world’s best-preserved Renaissance fortresses. With its…

6. Schloss Charlottenburg - Mausoleum

2.16 MILES

In the palace garden, west of the carp pond, the temple-like Mausoleum (1810) was conceived as the final resting place of Queen Luise, and twice expanded…

7. Gotisches Haus


Whoever built the Gothic House in the 15th century must have been flush with cash; it’s made of stone, not wood as was customary in those times. The well…

8. St Marien am Behnitz

2.23 MILES

This modest house of worship was the first Catholic church in Brandenburg, built in the 1720s under 'Soldier King' Friedrich I as an incentive for…