Top attractions for a weekend in Berlin
To explore the German capital, you can allow any length of time, be it two days or the whole week. Well, to be honest, even a moth wouldn't be boring. So, what should you see in Berlin to discover its greatest attractions and most interesting flavours?
Start with classics
If you are planning a weekend in Berlin, start your sightseeing from the classics. The first in line is, of course, the 19th century Brandenburg Gate, the architectural icon of the city. It adjoins the beautiful and vast Tiergarten Part, where among other attractions you can find the Berlin zoo. In the vicinity, you must see Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament, the silhouette of which you have probably seen in some TV news. Built in the late 19th century, the elegant Neo-Renaissance edifice underwent some conversions on two occasions. Remember to take a tour of its dome. It will amaze you with modern solutions and a view of the city's buildings stretching up to the horizon.
Ups and downs of the human kind
It is reflection time now – nearby you will find the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Spanning over an area of 19,000 m², this touching work of art was built in 2005 to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Then, you can proceed to more lofty human achievements. Walk down Unter den Linden, which is considered the most beautiful avenue in Berlin. When you reach Bebelplatz, you will see the Humboldt University, the Opera House, the library and St. Hedwig's Church. Sadly, this site is not free from dark deeds of the evil past. When you take a closer look at the pavement, you will notice a symbolic monument to books destroyed by the Nazis. Now continue for two blocks to reach Gendarmenmarkt, one of Europe's most elegant squares with a noble theatre building and two nearly identical churches. You can stop here for a while to have a cup of coffee or lunch, and enjoy the refined atmosphere of the place.
Island of arts
What else you must see in Berlin? The Island of Museums, of course, a unique place like no other around the world. You don't need to be an art lover to be amazed by the collections shown in the different venues there. However, if you don't have much time on your hands, choose one – let it be the admirable Pergamon Museum with a replica of the Grand Altar of Zeus from Pergamon in Lesser Asia.
The world divided by a wall
While being on Alexanderplatz you must see the characteristic red town hall and the famous 368 m TV tower. Commissioned in 1968, it is the tallest building in Germany to this day. Your weekend in Berlin would not be complete without a stroll along the remains of the Berlin Wall. Go to Bernauerstrasse, where you can learn a special lesson about the post-war history of Germany and the partition of the city into East and West Berlin, and find out about the symbol of the world divided by the "iron curtain". Since today the wall is an element of Berlin's pop culture, you are going to have a fascinating walk.
The western centre of the city runs along Kurfürstendamm. It is a commercial centre with shops of the world's leading brands, but also the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Built in the late 19th century, it was bombed and destroyed in 1943, and subsequently left unin ruins as a unique anti-war memento.
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