Attractions In Berlin: The 10 Best

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Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a popular tourist destination. Modernism and history coexist in the city's boulevards, neighborhoods, and architecture. Its dark recent history, excellent nightlife, impressive street art scene, and unique vibe make it an ideal spot for gourmands, hipsters, and historians.

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Located in northeastern Germany, Berlin lies on the banks of the Spree and Havel rivers and their tributaries, about 90 km (56 mi) west of the Polish border. According to, trees cover 44% of the city area on average, making Berlin the city with the most forest area in Germany and the fourth greenest city in Europe, after Oslo, Bern, and Ljubljana.

Personally, Berlin is a city for a one-time experience. Looking at old photographs, it appears to be a stunning city before WWII. Nowadays, Berlin is full of Soviet-era buildings and monuments resembling a Russian metropolis. Still, every city has something interesting to offer, and Berlin is no exception. Here is my list of ten Berlin attractions I found the most interesting. Perhaps you might want to put some or all of them on your bucket list for your visit to Germany's capital.

Top 10 Berlin Attractions

1. Reischstag Building

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A historically significant government building, the Reichstag, was built at the end of the 19th century when Berlin became the capital of the German Empire. Today, it houses the German federal parliament, the Bundestag. The building, in the style of historicism, features elements of Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicism.

The Reichstag is now Germany's second most-visited attraction and the world's most-visited parliament. Its dome is an incredible glass structure with a helix walkway inside and spectacular views; there is also a lovely rooftop restaurant where guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Visits to the dome and roof terrace require prior registration; online registration is available at Don't forget to bring your passport. Admission is free. When the Reichstag is not in session, various 90-minute tours are available.

Address: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin

2. Brandenburg Gate

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The Brandenburg Gate, located in the western part of Berlin's city center, is an impressive 18th-century neoclassical monument and one of Germany's most well-known landmarks. After the 1961 construction of the 155 km (96 mi) Berlin Wall, it stood in a restricted area and was not accessible by either East or West Germans. Following the fall of the Wall in 1989, the landmark became a symbol of German unity.

A popular attraction for locals and tourists all year round, the Brandenburg Gate never closes. Admission is free. The nearby cafés and restaurants invite visitors to stay and enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere.

Address: Pariser Platz 1, 10117 Berlin

3. Berlin Cathedral

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Its ornate interior, gorgeous façade, and series of music concerts make the Berlin Cathedral a popular tourist attraction. The building, featuring Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque styles, is not so old; 1894–1905 is the date of its construction. It stands on Museum Island in the Mitte district.

The Berlin Cathedral is one of the German capital's most prominent landmarks. Its panoramic platform at the top of the 270-step climb offers spectacular vistas of Berlin as you get a full 360-degree walk around the dome outside.

Address: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin
Official website: Berliner Dom

4. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

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A British bombing raid in November 1943 significantly damaged the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, built in the 1890s. As a symbol of Berlin's rebirth from the ashes of war, the building became a popular tourist attraction during the post-war years. Berliners have dubbed it "der hohle Zahn," which translates as "the hollow tooth." Since 1963, a modern belfry has stood nearby.

The Romanesque Revival-styled church stands on Breitscheidplatz and is West Berlin's most famous landmark. A Christmas market takes place around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church every year, allowing visitors to enjoy festive foods and shopping, all while listening to Christmas music.

Address: Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin
Official website: Evangelische Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

5. Berlin TV Tower

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The tallest structure in Germany and the third-tallest in the European Union stands at 368 m (1,207 feet) tall. Any trip to Berlin is incomplete without a visit to the tower's observation deck, home of a revolving restaurant, which offers incredible views of the Berlin skyline. Tickets are easy to obtain from the machines outside, but there may be a line; pre-booking is advisable.

The Berlin TV Tower, built in the 1960s, stands near Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district.

Address: Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin
Official website: Berliner Fernsehturm

6. Potsdamer Platz

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With the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, Potsdamer Platz became a massive wasteland and delineated the boundary between the British, American, and Soviet sectors. Berlin and Germany's reunification have led to many redevelopment projects in and around the square. Since 1990, Potsdamer Platz has become one of the city's most striking features.

The Potsdamer Platz is approximately one kilometer (0.6 miles) south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building. The square, dominated by several skyscrapers and imaginative structures like the Sony Center, has many shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

7. Holocaust Memorial

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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a Holocaust memorial composed of 2,711 concrete slabs of different heights arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. Between them are long, straight, and narrow alleys.

Before WWII, Berlin had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. The memorial commemorates six million Jews murdered during Adolf Hitler's and the National Socialists' rule. It's a thought-provoking experience to walk among these massive, stark grey slabs (there is also a museum).

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin
Official website: Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

8. Alexanderplatz

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Alexanderplatz is worth a visit, whether for dining, shopping, or strolling. It's also an excellent place to stay because the central station is nearby. Here, you must see the world clock; the TV tower and the gorgeous Town Hall stand nearby the square.

The site bears the name of Russian Tsar Alexander I. With the completion of the central market hall in 1886 and the opening of the Tietz department store in 1911, the square became the city's main shopping center. Allied air raids severely damaged a significant part of the surrounding buildings during WWII. During the GDR era, the square served as the artificially created center of East Berlin, housing important government buildings and prestige projects such as the hotel Stadt Berlin (now Park Inn by Radisson).

9. Berlin Zoo


Opened in 1844, the Berlin Zoo is Germany's oldest surviving zoological garden and the ninth in the world. It also has the highest species diversity of any zoo on the globe, including the only giant pandas in Germany. On an area of 33 hectares, the zoological garden houses over 20,000 animals representing approximately 1,100 species.

You could easily spend the entire day at the Berlin Zoo because it's so large. The zoo also features two fantastic adventure playgrounds for children to burn off some energy, next to cafes and restaurants for adults.

Address: Hardenbergpl. 8, 10787 Berlin
Official website: Zoo Berlin

10. Victory Column

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After Prussia's victory over Denmark in the war of 1864, the idea of erecting a triumphal column in Berlin arose. 1873 saw the construction of the Victory Column after Prussia defeated Austria and France in 1866 and 1871, respectively. The three original segments of the column and the bronze sculpture of the goddess Victoria at its top represent Prussia's three military victories. After the column was moved from Königsplatz to its current location at the Großer Stern by Adolf Hitler in 1938-1939, the fourth segment appeared.

The Victory Column is a popular tourist spot in Berlin. Its ticketed viewing platform provides a panoramic view of the city. The climb to the top is self-guided: 285 stairs; only 12 people can fit on the top circle.

Where to Stay in Berlin

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