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Sightseeing in Berlin

As Germany’s capital city Berlin provides a varied history combined with always something going on. The so called “City of Freedom” is the home of 3.8 million people, which makes it the second most populous city proper of the European Union after London.

One of the most popular sights of the city is the Reichstag building with its vicinity of a number of government buildings, for example the Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery) and the Brandenburg Gate. When the decision was made to move the Federal Government to Berlin, it was time to reawaken the Reichstag building from its long years of slumber on the Mauerstreifen, the military zone between the two sides of the Wall. The building has since been completely modernised, and today's visitors to the Reichstag can look out from the building's glass dome to get a bird's eye view of the hustle and bustle in the city.

The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's signature attraction. It was built 1791 as one of many old gates around the city. The decorative Pariser Platz was laid at the foot of the gate and is now home to many of the city's important buildings like the Hotel Aldon and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts). Nearby you will find the Brandenburg Gate Museum which offers historical information.

Instantly recognizable from the distance is the Berlin Television Tower, in Germany known as the Fernsehturm, which stands out of the skyline. Its 368 meters make it the tallest building in Berlin. Visitors of the tower can enjoy a unique 360° panorama view of the city.

Further information on sights and events in Berlin can be found here.

Information on a compact tour with Berlin's highlights can be found here.


Some Berlin impressions

Quadriga at Brandenburger Tor

Quadriga at the top of Brandenburger Tor.
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor.
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien


The Oberbaumbrücke connects Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg.
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Potsdamer Platz

Fragments of Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz.
© visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel


The government district at the Spree river. At the left hand side the Reichstag, at the right hand side the Paul-Loebe-Haus.
© visitberlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis


Weltzeituhr (world clock) at Alexanderplatz.
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien