Berlin is a huge city with equally huge offerings. It has strived to become one of the cultural centres of Europe, and its vibrant diversity and history are apparent at every turn. With a myriad of old and new attractions to pick from, a visit to Berlin is sure to please.
Get along to Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg gate is one of Berlin’s most iconic and historical structures; it is a definite must see for anyone visiting the city, and a great place to start a day of sightseeing.
The Reichstag Building is a stones throw away from Brandenburg Gate, and is the seat of the German Parliament. The building is a perfect example of how old meets new in Berlin – classical architecture energised with modern renovation. The glass dome atop the Reichstag was designed by British architect Norman Foster, and is accessible to the public. Be sure to register well in advance as visiting slots fill up fast.
Take a stroll through Tiergarten
Tiergarten is an expansive park in Berlin, beginning at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and stretching its way to the world famous Berlin Zoo. It is fantastic to see so much green situated in the centre of a bustling city – you wouldn’t even know you were in the middle of an urban metropolis amongst the meadows and forest.
Berlin has a world renowned collection of museums. The UNESCO world heritage site of Museum Island contains 5 museums and countless historical relics – Pergamon Museum is of particular note, displaying the gates of Babylon – well worth getting yourself along to.
Marvel at TV Tower
If you wish to see typical east Berlin architecture, then the signature area to visit is Alexanderplatz. The TV tower is located here, and is accessible to the public. The views from the top are enough to make your stomach turn – but so are the queues. Make sure to book your tickets to visit in advance.
Top tip: try to get a table at the revolving restaurant in the tower with a full revolution completed every hour allowing you unrivaled panoramic views of the city.
For a more classical architectural and cultural slant, the Gendarmenmarkt is a must see. Although it was levelled in the war, the entire square was rebuilt to its former glory. The area is beautiful, and it plays host to the best Christmas Market I have ever seen. In summer time, restaurants serve food in the square. Be sure to visit Fassbender & Rausch – an incredible chocolate shop just at the corner off the square.
Potsdamer Platz is a prime example of new Berlin. Built after the wall was brought down, the area is characterised by towering office blocks, with shops, cinemas, and restaurants galore. An evening visit is when Potsdamer Platz is when the area really really shines as the roof enclosure of the Sony Centre will be lit up.
A trip to Berlin really isn’t complete without visiting the structure that split the city in two for almost 30 years; the Berlin Wall. Now covered in world famous graffiti, the East Side Gallery is an artistic memorial for freedom – make sure you fit in some time to visit here.
Experience a handball game
Berlin is a avid sporting city, with wide followings for soccer, handball and basketball. In the video you will see a profile of one of the more popular local sports in the city – handball.
Handball is an olympic sport, similar to soccer. The fast paced nature and exciting atmosphere of the game has made Handball massively popular in the country – it is the third largest professional sport here. Two teams of 7 players (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball using their hands, trying to throw it into the goal of the other team. Games are an hour of playing time, divided into 30-minute halves. Füchse Berlin is a pro handball team which competes in the highest national league. Their home arena is the impressive Max-Schmeling-Halle at Falkplatz – Take a look a the video to see just how lively and impressive the sport really is.
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