Visit Berlin

When you visit Berlin there is a wide variety of things to see and do. Berlin is a city packed with history and culture and one visit may not be enough but there are some activities that shouldn’t be missed.

History

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and contains many historical monuments. One of the most symbolic is The Brandenburg Gate. This beautiful building stood in no mans land between East and West Berlin before German unification and was inaccessible to the public. Before you visit Berlin it is worth making a booking to climb to the top of the dome of The Reichstag which is the home of the German parliament. This offers spectacular views over Berlin.

Other historical places worth seeing when you visit Berlin are the museums and memorials relating to World War II and the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial, the Topography of Terror exhibition and the Memorial Centre for the Victims of the Ministry of State Security are particularly memorable. People with an interest in recent history who visit Berlin will enjoy visiting the Memorial to the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Trananpalast which tells the story of Berlin Wall crossings.

Shopping and Culture

Berlin has many designer stores and North Mitte is an area worth a visit. Head to Mauer Park for a shopping bargain when you visit Berlin as a huge flea market takes place there every Sunday.

Five of the best museums are situated on Museum Island which is definitely worth a visit. Berlin also has the Bauhaus Museum which offers free tours on Sundays.

For an evening of culture when you visit Berlin, you may want to see the Berlin Philharmonic. They are renowned as one of the world’s foremost orchestras and tickets can be hard to find so prebooking may be wise.

Food

There is a wide range of international restaurants available but if you visit Berlin and want to try authentic German cuisine then be sure to go to Zur letzten Instanz — Berlin’s oldest restaurant which offers a range of traditional dishes. Many meals in Berlin are meat based with wursts being particularly popular. It is worth passing the Alexanderplatz during the day where you can buy wursts from street vendors who grill their sausages on portable barbeques.