“Du bist verrückt mein Kind, du mußt nach Berlin.” (“You are crazy, my child. You must go to Berlin.”) Franz von Suppe
Berlin has so many faces, it is really hard to choose the must-see places without missing something worth seeing. This city has everything – history, spirit and culture. I remember how overwhelmed I was when visiting Berlin for the first time. So much to see, so little time. Berlin is a world city and reinvents itself all the time. If you wonder what to see first, do not miss the following:
Berlin TV Tower
This is one of my favorite places in Berlin. The Berlin TV tower is 365m high and thus the tallest building in Berlin. Get a ticket and go to the top floor for a magnificent view over the city. It is unbeatable. The ticket’s price starts from 13 Euros but there are also premium tickets and an option for a late night panorama. Sometimes it is very crowded and you have to wait until your turn comes. Do not worry about that, there is a café inside which offers nice espresso, so you can spend some time there. On the top floor there is also a revolving restaurant with a breathtaking view – it revolves a full 360° in one hour. Definitely a must-see!
The Berlin Wall is another must-see in Berlin. It divided East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The fall of the wall marked the end of the Cold War and led to the unification of Germany. Nowadays, the wall has turned into a symbol of freedom and new beginning. Not so hidden bonus – the graffiti art is amazing.
You can hardly miss the Berlin Cathedral, it is located on Museum Island in the heart of the city. It is the largest church in Berlin and it was completed in 1905 on the order of Emperor William II. The cathedral was hit by a bomb during the Second World War and reopened in 1993. You can book a guided tour and learn all about it. Some practical information – there is an entrance fee – 7 Euros.
Checkpoint Charlie was the best-known border between East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1990. Its famous guardhouse was removed but a replica version was installed at the Memorial. You can find the original one at the Allied Museum in Berlin. At Checkpoint Charlie there are two large pictures of soldiers, an American and a Soviet one. I learned that both of them were really stationed there. I do not know the name of the Soviet soldier but the American one is called Sergeant Harper. You can actually have a photo with the “soldiers” who are actors dressed in fake army uniforms.
I wish you a great time in Berlin. Enjoy its atmosphere, history and art!