Rich with art and beautiful architecture Berlin should top anyone’s list of dream destinations. Here are the top 7 things you need to do on your trip to Berlin.
Of all the buildings in Berlin, the Parliamentary Building is probably one of the most symbolic. The mighty structure by Paul Wallot as the proud manifestation of the power of the German Reich by arson and bombed. In, the artist Christo wrapped up the Reichstag and, the British architect Sir Norman Foster transformed it into one of the most modern parliamentary buildings in the world. Today it is the official seat of the Bundestag, the German parliament.
Unter den Linden
“As long as the lime trees still blossom in Unter den Linden, Berlin will always be Berlin,” Marlene Dietrich once sand about this magnificent avenue. Today the lime trees blossom more beautifully than ever in the centre of Berlin because the old buildings along the street have been extensively restored and modern architecture has created new highlights. The “Linden” – originally a royal bridle-path linking the Stadtschloss (the king’s town residence) and Tiergarten – became Berlin’s most fashionable street in the 18th century and was synonymous with the city that was then the capital of Prussia.
The heart of the new metropolis of Berlin beats on Potsdamer Platz. This square where Berliners and tourists alike now flock to cinemas and shops was already a hub of urban life. It became a desolate wasteland but since the fall of the Berlin Wall Potsdamer Platz – for a while Europe’s largest building site has become a city within the city surrounded by imposing edifices that began to appear and are still being added to today.
Formed by the tributaries of the Spree River Museumsinsel is an island in central Berlin that is home to the world’s most diverse yet coherent museum complex. The museums, which hold the Prussian royal collections of art and archaeology were turned into a public foundation, all museums have since been reconstructed and the complex was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Ongoing construction work will connect the individual museums. On the island’s north side is the hugely impressive Berliner Dom.
After years of decline the Kurfurstendamm, or Ku’damm for short has once again become a fashionable hot spot. Breathtaking architecture elegant boutiques and a lively scene with street artists around Breitscheidplatz has made this shopping boulevard one of Berlin’s most attractive and longest avenues for strolling.
One of the most haunting symbols of Berlin the ruins of the memorial church in the heart of the city’s West End have been irreverently nicknamed “the hollow tooth”. The Neo-Romanesque church was given the name of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, to honour Wilhelm I. Following by severe bombing raids, the ruins of the tower were left standing as a memorial. Next to it Egon Eiermann erected a new church. Religious services are now conducted here.
The construction of Schloss Charlottenburg, designed as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte wife of Elector Friedrich III, began. Johann Friedrich Eosander added a cupola and the Orangerie was extended. Today, it has been extensively renovated.