10 Tips for Berlin
Berlin is not only our attractive and dazzling capital, but also one of the most popular European destinations. There is always something going on in the big city – this is not surprising with so many inhabitants. Whether it’s history to touch, colourful club life or an extensive shopping tour – a visit to the trendy and above all lively capital is always worthwhile. There is so much more to discover than the Brandenburg Gate or the Reichstag. The capital has twelve districts and countless districts to explore with their attractions. In the following, visitors to Berlin will find a generous number of really interesting sights and insider tips that will make a trip unforgettable.
The Nikolaiviertel is probably the oldest residential area of Berlin and well worth a visit. The neighbourhood attracts visitors with its medieval alleys and numerous restaurants as well as traditional pubs. In the Middle Ages a trade route ran through this place. The craftsmen and merchants settled here along the river and the streets. The church of St. Nikolai was built around 1200 and developed into a parish with two core areas: On the one hand Berlin, the slightly larger settlement east of the river Spree. Furthermore, the modest Cölln was formed, which was situated directly opposite on the western shore. In addition to the gigantic building, the Ephraimpalais is of great importance. This is a masterpiece of Berlin’s palace architecture. Also worth mentioning is the beautiful baroque building of the garlic house in the Nikolai quarter. It was founded in 1760 and today offers a valuable insight into the upper middle-class world. Nowadays there are numerous characteristic restaurants and shops.
2nd The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
A symbol of reconciliation is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It radiates the Berliners’ will to build in the post-war period. The magnificent architecture does not consist exclusively of the ruins of the church destroyed in the war. It also enchants its visitors with its contemporary church buildings. It visualizes a vivid contrast between modernity and history. From 1959 to 1961 the modern building was built according to the plans of Egon Eiermann. The building consists of honeycomb-shaped concrete elements in which glass blocks have been incorporated. Inside the magnificent property, the illustrative glass blocks produce a pleasant blue light that radiates meditative tranquillity. The memorial hall, located in the old tower, is a place of admonition against war and destruction.
3. Under the lime trees
This is Berlin’s magnificent boulevard – the so-called old heart of Berlin. It leads from the Brandenburg Gate to the castle bridge. There are numerous important institutions such as the Humboldt University, the State Opera or the Zeughaus. The history of the boulevard is extremely interesting. At the beginning the lime trees were a bridle path. From 1573 this led from the city palace to Lietzow (today Charlottenburg). From there he continued to travel to Spandau. From 1701 onwards, the lime-trees have been developed further and further. After the Second World War, the boulevard under the lime trees resembles a desolate wasteland. After the reconstruction and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, countless buildings were restored. The boulevard is nowadays decorated with great restaurants, cafés and shops.
4. The Museum Island in Berlin
The Museum Islands are part of a magnificent work of art. There are five world-famous museum buildings, which are united in an impressive ensemble. The absolute highlights of the exhibitions are Nefertiti and Pergamonfries. The Museum Island has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. The five museums include the Pergamon Museum, the Bodemuseum, the “new museum”, the old National Gallery and the “old museum”. The most popular museum of all is the Pergamon Museum. The Pergamon Museum is a real magnet for the public on the Museum Island. With an estimated one million visitors per year, the museum is not only one of the best-known museums in Berlin, but also one of the most visited museums in Germany. Three parts of the building, built between 1910 and 1930, house three of the museums. These include the Museum of Ancient Asia, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Collection of Classical Antiquities.
5th Restaurant Sphere in the TV tower
There are around 5,000 restaurants and cafés in Berlin, offering something for everyone. Those who are free of giddiness will certainly feel well looked after in the Sphere in the television tower. Here, visitors can eat delicious food at an airy height. The tower is not only a landmark of the city. The menus and the generous selection correspond to the classic offer of an upscale location. Meanwhile, the impressive view over the whole city is an absolute highlight. Who wouldn’t want to dine above the rooftops of a cosmopolitan city? In view of the popularity of this restaurant, a table reservation is highly recommended.
6th Checkpoint Charlie
Those planning to stay in Berlin should not forget to visit Checkpoint Charlie. It is one of Berlin’s best-known sights. This is the most popular border crossing point from East and West Berlin to the GDR times. It was created by the division of Germany. At the external border between West Berlin and the former GDR there were facilities from 1952 onwards, which were to serve as border security and control crossing points. Between 1945 and 1999, Checkpoint Charlie was above all the link between the American and Soviet sectors. There were precise instructions as to who was allowed to use the border crossing. This was only permitted to the employees of the military and members of the GDR and BDR representations. Checkpoint Charlie became famous for its innumerable escape attempts from the east of Berlin. After reunification, the checkpoint was first removed. Only in the year 2000 a control barrack was released for visitors. This one is to follow the original.
7th The Kurfürstendamm of the big city
Kurfürstendamm, also known as Kudamm, is one of Berlin’s most popular shopping areas. The boulevard is 3.5 kilometres long and runs from Breitscheidplatz to the Rathenauplatz in Grunewald. This is where the villa districts of western Berlin begin. Around Breitscheidplatz visitors will find numerous boutiques and renowned shops. Berlin’s most noble shopping mile is located in the quiet side streets, but above all in Fasanenstraße. There are numerous fine boutiques and cafés in the splendour of magnificent buildings from the turn of the century.
8th Restaurant Sixties Diner in Mitte
Especially worth mentioning is the Sixties Diner in Mitte. There, visitors to Berlin feel like on a journey into the past. The image of the restaurant dates back to the 1960s. The owners have designed their restaurant with infinite attention to detail. Visitors are served typical American food. Numerous promotions round off the overall offer. On the cosy red upholstered benches, guests can dine with traditional music from the tasteful jukebox. The restaurant is located at three different locations in the capital – Oranienburger Straße, Clayaallee and Mariendorfer Damm.
9. The Dockx
Highly recommendable in Berlin is the Dockx, directly at Tempelhof harbour. This is a fantastic 3D black light miniature golf course. A Lasertag-Arena and an indoor playground are also part of it. The whole thing is rounded off with an attractive roof garden, an attractive bar and a fantastic view. The miniature golf course has 18 miniature golf courses and 3D installations, which provide an extraordinary and unforgettable experience with breathtaking paintings. The Dockx appeals to all age groups, whether students or the whole family – all guests will experience carefree hours here.
10. The Klax-Kreativwerkstatt
If you want to spend your day creatively, the Klax Creative Workshop is the right place for you. It is a place of ideas and artistic development. On an area of more than 250 square metres there is a maker’s space, a building workshop and a ceramics workshop. A painter and printer studio is also part of the offer. The Creative Workshop offers courses for all ages. Whether printing, painting or pottery – all guests are welcome.