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Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, for its lively nightlife, for its many cafes, clubs, and bars, and for its numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin's architecture is quite varied and it is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time.


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» Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower)

Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower) , Berlin

The Berlin Television Tower,or the Berliner Fernsehturm is the city's tallest structure at 368 metres high. It was inaugurated on 3rd October 1969 just before the 20th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). For Walter Ulbricht, who was the State Council Chairman of the GDR at the time, it was one of the most important symbols demonstrating the superiority of socialist societies. With over 1.2 million visitors a year, come early to beat the lines …

» Friedrichshain

Friedrichshain, Berlin

Friedrichshain is the eastern side of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, though the two areas were only joined together in 2001 and are still referred to separately. Friedrichshain was one of the most badly damaged areas of Berlin during World War II due to the large amount of industry located there, which was targeted by the bombings. After the war once the city was divided, the border between East and West ran in between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, leaving Friedrichshain in East Berlin …

» Friedrichstrasse

Friedrichstrasse, Berlin

Friedrichstrasse runs north to south through the center of Berlin, while during the Cold War, the Berlin Wall cut through this street. The Friedrichstrasse S-bahn and U-bahn station was on the East, but trains from the West were still able to stop there so passengers could transfer lines. However, they could not leave the station without proper paperwork. Today the street is a major shopping and residential area …

» Gemaeldegalerie (Gemälde Gallery)

Gemaeldegalerie (Gemälde Gallery), Berlin

Harboring some of the world's greatest examples of European art, the Gemäldegalerie belongs to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, an affiliation of 19 museums found in five locations throughout Berlin. It forms part of the Kulturforum, a multi-faceted cultural center that was largely built in the 1960s before the Berlin Wall came down. Today the Kulturforum also encompasses the Philharmonie and Chamber Music Hall, home to the Berlin Philharmonic …

» Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt , Berlin

Located in the Mitte district, the Gendarmenmarkt has gone through a few name changes. After being used from 1736 to 1782 by the military for sentry duty and housing their horses, it was known as the Gendarmenmarkt. After being damaged in the war, the square was renamed "Platz der Akademie" in 1950 in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Science. In 1991, it got its original name back. The Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin's most magnificent square …

» German Museum of Technology

German Museum of Technology , Berlin

The German Museum of Technology in Berlin provides an in-depth look at Germany's technical history through its 25,000 square meters (over 269,000 square feet) of floor space with exhibits about technology on land, on water and in the air. Topics include traffic, communications, production and energy technology, as well as inland and high sea navigation, space and aeronautics. Many of the exhibits in the museum are interactive and hands-on experiences …

» Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum)

Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum)  , Berlin

More than two thousand years of German Jewish history is displayed, analyzed and exhibited at Berlin's fascinating Jewish Museum. The collection is housed in the baroque Old Building (the former Collegienhaus), courtyard gardens, and the acclaimed zinc-coated postmodern complex by architect Daniel Libeskind. Highlights of the modern wing include underground passages, the Holocaust Tower and the Garden of Exile …

» KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) , Berlin

A shopping landmark, the KaDeWe is Berlin's most famous trademark department store. Since 1907, this luxurious and extravagant center has been lowering its iron gates for customers for an exciting shopping adventure. You can find some of the most famous fashion designers for contemporary apparel including Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Zoe, Theory and Alice & Olivia. Indulge in famous beauty products such as Diptyke, Marni and Sisley …

» Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche), Berlin

The battered shell of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stands as a poignant reminder of the destruction of war. Destroyed by Allied bombers in 1943, the church remains in its shattered condition as a monument to peace. The church vestibule is now a memorial hall, with mosaics, sculptures and information panels. Important displays include the original damaged Crucifix and the Cross of Nails, created from nails collected from the destroyed Coventry Cathedral in England …

» Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche), Berlin

Karl-Marx-Allee was the most famous street in East Berlin. Originally known as Große Frankfurter Straße, it was renamed Stalinallee on Dec. 21, 1949, Stalin's 70th birthday. The street was built as part of the Soviet's reconstruction plan and included residential blocks with buildings designed in the classic Soviet style. The buildings had apartments for workers as well as shops, restaurants, a huge movie theater and a hoteL …

» Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg makes up the western side of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, though the two sides are still referred to separately since they were only joined together in 2001. When the city was divided up after the war, the border between east and west ran in between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, leaving Kreuzberg in West Berlin. After World War II, cheap housing attracted many students and immigrants to the neighborhood …

» Kurfürstendamm (Ku'damm)

Kurfürstendamm (Ku'damm) , Berlin

Affectionately known as the Ku'damm, this elegant tree-lined boulevard is a major thoroughfare in Berlin's west. The Berlin equivalent of Paris' Champs-Elysees, the Kurfürstendamm avenue is lined with shops, hotels and historic cafes. Before World War II, the Ku'damm was the heart of nightlife in Berlin, and before reunification it was West Berlin's major shopping strip. Today, it's a lively stretch for strolling, shopping and dining …

» Mitte

Mitte, Berlin

Mitte is the central neighborhood in Berlin, where visitors will find the bulk of the city's attractions, as well as many restaurants, bars and clubs. It's the best base to explore Berlin's historical and cultural center. Brandenburg Gate, the only surviving city gate in Berlin, is one of the most recognizable sights in the city. It was the symbol of the border between East and West Berlin for decades and was isolated from both sides until the wall came down …

» Museum of Ethnology (Ethnologisches Museum)

Museum of Ethnology (Ethnologisches Museum), Berlin

The Museum of Ethnology, or Ethnologisches Museum, houses collections of goods that were created outside of Europe and then brought to Berlin in the 19th and 20th centuries. The collections are divided into geographic regions and arranged thematically to provide insights into non-European cultures and show their diversity; an important part of the museum's mission is to foster global understanding and to go beyond the Eurocentric viewpoint …

» Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

Museumsinsel (Museum Island) , Berlin

Located on the northern tip of Spree Island, Berlin's Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is an ensemble of five world-renowned museums. In 1830, King Friedrich Wilhelm III commissioned the construction of the Royal Museum - now the Altes Museum - to allow the general public to view the royal art treasures of Germany. The idea for the island was devised in 1841, when Friedrich August Stuler wanted to create a cultural center, which later became Museum Island …

» Natural History Museum (Museum für Naturkunde)

Natural History Museum (Museum für Naturkunde), Berlin

The Natural History Museum has more than 30 million zoological, paleontological and mineralogical specimens, including the world's largest mounted dinosaur skeleton. This Brachiosaurus, whose bones were dug up in present-day Tanzania in the early 20th century, is the centerpiece of the World of Dinosaurs section here. In the Evolution in Action exhibit, visitors can see a wall of biodiversity with 3,000 mounted species and learn why certain animals look or act the way they do …

» Neues Museum (New Museum)

Neues Museum (New Museum) , Berlin

The Neues Museum was built in the mid-1800s and was heavily damaged during World War II. Restoration work beginning in 2005 carefully preserved the facade and interior, while incorporating damage from war into the design, rather than covering it up. The museum opened its doors to the public again in 2009. The Egyptian collection includes displays covering more than 4,000 years of ancient Egyptian and Nubian cultures …



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