Saturday, February 2, 2013

Top 10 Berlin Attractions & Sightseeings


Germany's largest city and capital since 1990, Berlin is certainly one of the city in Europe must visit. Berlin is one vibrant city as most of its buildings were built with the funds received from various countries and in return, making this city an interesting of both mix and match styles. When comes to attractions and sightseeing, this city has no definite centre and pockets of attractions are dotted all over the place. Berlin is kinda a very large and spread-out city, so it's not practical to get around by foot. Therefore, the most convenient and easiest way to travel around the Berlin city is by taking its extensive public transport system.

During our visit there, we did went and visited few of the famous attractions which shouldn't miss out. Here is the top 10 list of my personal favourite attractions and sightseeings in Berlin:

1. Brandenburger Tor
 Berlin Brandenburg Tor Gate 01 
Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburger Gate is the symbol and landmark of Berlin. This gate has its own history for more than two hundred years and it's symbolize of peace and unity. Crowning on the top of gate is the bronze quadriga of victory, a four-horse chariot that used in Roman times were a symbol of triumph. 

2.  Checkpoint Charlie 
Berlin Checkpoint Charlie 01
Checkpoint Charlie is the famous border crossing between East and West Berlin, where American and Russian forces stood against each other after the creation of Berlin Wall. There is even a museum showing different methods of escape from former East Berlin to West Berlin.

Berlin Checkpoint Charlie 02


Berlin Checkpoint Charlie 03

3. Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial
Berlin Holocaust Memorial 01
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe which known as Holocaust Memorial is the memorial in Berlin dedicated to the thousand of Jewish victims during the World War II. This memorial took over a year to complete and was opened in December 2004. Means by the time we visited this, it just less than 4 years old. This attraction is located close to Brandenburger Gate and not far from the bunker where Hitler committed suicide. 
  
Berlin Holocaust Memorial 02
All of these rectangular grey blocks are vary in heights
 

Berlin Holocaust Memorial 03

4. Reichstag
Berlin Reichstag 01
Reichstag Building is parliament house and mirror of German history.

5. Rotes Rathaus
Berlin Rotes Rathaus 01
Rotes Rathaus or known as Red Hall City is the town hall of Berlin. It is the home to the governing mayor and the government of the Federal state in Berlin.

6. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 01
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the symbolic centre of West Berlin, an anti- war memorial to peace and reconciliation.

7. Berliner Dom
Berlin Cathedral Church 01
Berliner Dom, the cathedral church of Berlin is the largest church in the city and it serves as a vital center for the Protestant church of Germany.

8. Berlin’s Fernsehturm
Berlin Fernsehturm 01
Berlin’s Fernsehturm is a TV Tower and the tallest building in Berlin. As urban legend has it, the tower’s height is 365m high so that every child would be able to remember it, just like the days of the year. But turns out that the actual height of this tower is 368m.

Berlin Fernsehturm 02
Berlin’s Fernsehturm is located not so far away from Berliner Dom. 

9. Potsdamer Platz
Berlin Potsdamer Platz 01
Once one of the busiest squares in Europe, Potsdamer Platz was heavily damaged in World War 2 and then lay empty during the cold war because of it's position between east and west Berlin. Today the square has been revived and is once again a busy hub in the center of the German capital.

10. Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall 06
Last but not least, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall in the East Side Gallery. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred original mural paintings in 1.3 km-long painted stretch. I did blogged about this before in full post - The Rising & Falling of Berlin Wall.  

DT @ Berlin, Germany
DT with Germany's flag

15 comments:

  1. I like the picture of you & friends with the stone blocks as background...kinda abstract.

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  2. i got these goosebumps watching the holocaust picture :p hehe.
    i love the buildings, so artistic & unique, especially the Berliner Dom. love it!
    would add this to my dream destinations list..hehe..

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  3. Great pictures and good memries. We have visited all these places.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. Nice virtual tour of Berlin and love all your pixz. Great sharing. Danke sehr

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  5. Berlin Wall is definitely on top of the list...

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  6. germany oh germany...how i wish i could be there...one fine day, one fine day...

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  7. Hi Diane,

    Some pictures are just priceless, you don't really put the year there! Nice recommendation there. Hope to save enough for Germany one day!

    Wilson
    PlacesAndFoods.com

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  8. Hi D!

    Been planning to go to Berlin so many times but in the end, i always rerouted to other destinations....:( N/mind, one day..one day... anyway, very nice photos, indeed!

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  9. Berlin!..wahh..i wish to go there someday :)

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  10. If i go, i would love to pay a visit to berlin wall

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  12. too many beautiful views and scenery of Berlin..wish that i can visit there asap..

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