It’s not just beer and sausage you know, the German capital has multitudes of historical buildings and attractions to visit. An essential itinerary for Berlin should reflect the rich history of this city, tracing a route from its grand palaces to the grey divider known as the Berlin Wall. Check out our essential guide on what to do in Berlin and get your trip sorted.
More recent than many people remember, the Berlin Wall was dismantled as recently as 1989, a whopping 28 years after it was built. The oppressive wall divided that East and West Germany is now the largest open-air mural collection in the world. Political graffiti lines both sides of the wall, as countless international and local artists turned the space into a canvas for artistic expression and creative freedom.
The largest palace in Berlin, Charlottenburg, used to be the summer home for Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia and the building’s namesake. One of the few surviving royal hangouts, the palace is gloriously resplendent and a must-see landmark. Wander around the collection of royal artwork and view the flamboyant chambers of previous German royalty.
One of the most recognisable landmarks in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical masterpiece. The triumphal arch was built as a sign of peace in 1791, and remains a symbol of unity in Europe. You can relax in a number of alfresco restaurants and cosy cafés around Pariser Platz, the square by the Brandenburg Gate.
The Reichstag is one of the major historical buildings in Berlin, and is easily one of the most popular attractions in the city. The German Bundestag, the national parliament of Germany, meets in the Reichstag, so a visit here allows insight into the very heart of German politics. A major draw to the building is also the enormous glass dome at the building’s centre which boasts fantastic views of the city.
Whether you’re interested in modern or medieval history, you can find it in Berlin. If you have any favourite places in Berlin, you can share them with us by commenting below.