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Welcome to Berlin

Once a city divided, Berlin has emerged as a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of culture in Germany—and the affordable city has a more laid-back attitude than many other top European destinations. See history and modernity juxtaposed on the streets, with Communist architecture, world-class museums, and hip restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries sprinkled throughout the city. Explore neighborhoods such as bohemian Kreuzberg or attraction-filled Mitte. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, walk under the Brandenburg Gate, or visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum before letting loose in a modern dance club. Or taste your way through Berlin’s respected culinary scene, which—similar to today's Berlin as a whole—touches on both German traditions and multicultural influences.

Top 10 attractions in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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The Brandenburg Gate (or Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin’s original city gates, erected in 1791. It marks the entry to the Under den Linden avenue as part of the ceremonial boulevard that led to the Prussian monarchs’ royal seat. The classical monument is topped by a chariot driven by a winged goddess, which was briefly carted off to Paris by Napoleon as booty. During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate could not be accessed from East or West Germany, making it a particularly poignant symbol after reunification.More
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Berlin Wall

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The notorious wall that divided Berlin for nearly 30 years was erected by East Germany at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The barrier isolated West Berlin within a heavily armed barrier of double concrete walls and gun turrets and was constructed to stop disaffected East Germans escaping to the west; it was part of a strictly enforced military fortification that separated communist East Germany from capitalist Europe. Guards patrolling the wall’s watchtowers and mined "death strip" were ordered to shoot East Berliners attempting to escape to the west, and increasingly the wall became a canvas for protest murals and memorials. With the thawing of relations between east and west and the downfall of communism in Poland, the Czech Republic and other central European countries, the Berlin Wall was ceremonially torn down in November 1989 with the world’s media as witness. Sections of the wall remain as permanent reminders of the days when Germany was split.More
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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

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The Holocaust Memorial, also known as The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, is an urban tribute to remember and honor up to six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Located within walking distance between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, the Memorial consists of the Field of Stelae designed by Peter Eisenman and the underground Information Center. Eisenmann set up 2,711 concrete pillars - so-called stelaes - of varying heights to create a grid-like structure that can be approached from all angles. You can feel the unmarked and harrowed suffering as you walk through the pillars that rise as you continue through them. The underground and modern information center complements the outdoor memorial, where visitors can learn more about the victims of the Holocaust and deepen understanding about this tragedy.More
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Topography of Terror

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The Topography of Terror exhibition and documentation center covers the history of terror during the Nazi era. The centers of this national-socialist terror between 1933 and 1945 were the Gestapo and its prison, the SS headquarters, the SS Security Service (SD) and the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Main Office for State Security). These institutions were located in the immediate vicinity of the Nazi government district, and the history of the crimes originating there is featured at Topography of Terror. There is also a second exhibition that focuses on the role of Berlin as the capital of the Third Reich. Also on site is one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. Niederkirchnerstrasse, formerly Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse, formed part of the border between the U.S. and Soviet sectors of Berlin, and the boundary ran along the south side of the street.More
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Reichstag

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Topped with an acclaimed glass dome designed by British architect Norman Foster, the Reichstag parliamentary building is home to Germany’s Parliament, the Bundestag. The classically pedimented and columned building was built in the 1890s, and seriously damaged by fire in 1933 and subsequent air raids. In the 1990s the building was restored to host the parliament of the newly reunified Germany. Visitors can step inside the multi-tiered glass dome and onto the roof terrace for 360 degree views of Berlin’s government district and the Tiergarten. Take an audioguide tour to learn about the parliamentary goings on in the Bundestag and the history of the famous building. After taking a stroll, relax in the rooftop restaurant.More
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Alexanderplatz

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Alexanderplatz remains the largest urban square in all of Germany and is a central meeting place in Berlin, located in the Mitte District. At its center is the large railway station (Alexanderplatz) with connections to many subway (U-Bahn), tramway (Strassenbahn), city trains (S-Bahn) and buses. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander I, who visited the capital of Prussia in 1805, ""Alex"" became a traffic hub when a train station was established there in 1882. Alexanderplatz took on its present form in the 1960’s after being ravaged in World War II. After the war it became the center of East-Berlin and used as a showcase of socialist architecture. This resulted in some unattractive buildings like the former Centrum department store and the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower). In 1969 two more monuments were added to the square, the Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock) by Erich John and the Fountain of International Friendship.More
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Checkpoint Charlie

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"You are leaving the American sector." Memorialized in film and print, Checkpoint Charlie is the most famous symbol of Cold War era Berlin. Marking the border crossing between the American Sector (Kreuzberg) and East Berlin (Mitte), only allied personnel and foreign visitors could pass through the checkpoint. Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous security point in the Berlin Wall, but for most of its life it was little more than a wooden shack and boom gates. Today a replica shed stands in the middle of Friedrichstraße. While you’re here, drop into the Mauer Museum (Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) to learn about the history of Checkpoint Charlie, and the audacious and often tragic attempts made by East Berliners to escape from East to West.More
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Führerbunker

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The Führerbunker, translated to English means "Leader's bunker" was part of a subterranean bunker complex which was constructed in two major phases, one part in 1936 and the other in 1943. This bunker was a defensive military fortification designed to protect the inhabitants from falling bombs or other attack; in this case, the Führerbunker was to protect Adolf Hilter during WWII, and was the center of the Nazi regime. Hitler married Eva Braun here during the last week of April 1945, shortly before they committed suicide. The Bunker can be found at Wilhelmstrasse 77 near the corner of In den Ministergärten and Gertrud-Kolmar-Strasse, a short walk from Potsdamer Platz. It may be difficult to find independently as it is located in a grey apartment block backed onto a desolate car park, bordered by small wooden posts. You will find an information sign detailing the history of the site, which replaced a plaque that was there in 2006.More
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Unter den Linden

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Named for the lime trees lining its central pedestrianized strip, Unter den Linden is one of Berlin’s most famous thoroughfares, and the former hub of historic Berlin. Many of the avenue’s once palatial buildings are being restored, and it’s a popular location for embassies, shops, outdoor cafes, museums and educational institutions. A walk along the Unter den Linden is especially magical at night, when the trees are lit up, and during the autumn colors of fall.More
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Nikolaiviertel (Nicholas Quarter)

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The Lilliputian Nicholas Quarter is an area that was developed around Berlin’s oldest parish church, the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas’s Church), dating from 1230. The area now tries to maintain its medieval character; its cobblestoned lanes worth a quick stroll if you are in the surrounding borders of Rathausstrasse, Spandauer Strasse, Mühlendamm and the Spree River. Though there are many gift stores, cafes and restaurants in the quarter, you will find locals elsewhere. The main attractions, in addition to the St. Nicholas church, include the Ephraim Palace, a masterpiece of palace architecture of the 18th century Berlin. Equally beautiful is the Baroque style Knoblauch house built in 1760, which offers insight into world of the upper middle class world through its rooms and valuable furniture.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Berlin

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Beautiful sunset cruise
Danielle, Sep 2020
Berlin Dinner Cruise.
5 hours and we got to see a lot of the sights along the way, the food was delicious and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming.
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An excellent tour!
Norman_M, Sep 2020
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Speaking mainly in German nice and clearly and switching to English from time to time when needed so we got a German lesson thrown in as well!
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The best private tour guide in Berlin
Chanie_S, Aug 2020
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Berlin Private Tour
He has local knowledge so it’s not just an external view of the basic museums and buildings but also an inside look into where the locals go as well as suggestions for fun things to do for the rest of our trip.
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Perfect way to spend a few relaxing hours just outside Berlin
Kate, Aug 2020
World Heritage Potsdam Cruise from Berlin
Perfect tour to get to see a different side of Berlin and check out the outskirts of Potsdam by boat!
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Second trip
joseph_b, Aug 2020
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
I Have taken this tour twice and would suggest it to anyone coming to berlin for the first time to see the city.
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Great tour
Kirill_K, May 2020
Iconic Berlin - Private Live Virtual Experience
Hope to see all the beautiful places we've heard about once we arrive in Berlin, someday...
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Relaxing way to break up the day!
Michael_D, Mar 2020
Berlin 1-Hour City Cruise: History and Main Attractions
Great way to see Berlin!
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Top Attractions Top Guide
Tony_B, Mar 2020
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
Absolutely brilliant way to see some of the obvious and less obvious attractions of Berlin.
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Brilliant!
ashleymancusi, Jan 2020
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
We saw everything we wanted to see in Berlin and our guide, Jamie G, was so knowledgeable and respectful about the history he was sharing.
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Great way to see Berlin and learn about the Nazi history
wkmaddox, Jan 2020
Private Third Reich Berlin Tour- Hitler and World War 2
We highly recommend this tour for those new to Berlin and only having a short time to see and learn.
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Informative and sensitive tour
Robert S, Dec 2019
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin
On the train ride back from the camp, he checked with each couple to answer questions about more places to visit in Berlin and provided directions to get there.
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Weekend with friends
Christina H, Nov 2019
Private Walking Tour: Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sights
I would highly recommend this tour to give you an overview of the history and attractions of Berlin.
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Fantastic
Relax786651, Oct 2019
Private Berlin Complete History All Day Tour
The six hours flew by and we got to see so much of Berlin, old and new.
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Segway Tour
kendall516, Sep 2019
Berlin Highlights Small-Group Segway Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and Paul even gave us pointers on sights to see while we were in Berlin.
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Great time on segway
cghughesmed, Sep 2019
Berlin Highlights Small-Group Segway Tour
Excellent way to see a majority of major sights in Berlin.
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Sue A, Sep 2019
Discover Potsdam
Beautiful part of Berlin to visit.
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Awesome Tour!!
Kathy C, Aug 2019
Berlin Bike Tour
It was the perfect way to see Berlin.
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Excellent
Ruth H, Aug 2019
Historical Berlin & Highlights & Rickshaw & Licensed Guide (DIN EN 15565)
It was absolutely the best sightseeing..
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Great tour by a very knowledgeable tour guide (Ken)
BobbieC945, Jul 2019
Berlin's Infamous Third Reich Sites Half-Day Walking Tour
Also did a great job of keeping us out of the blistering hot sun in the middle of summer.
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Amazing experience!
Freedom280233, Jul 2019
Berlin Bike Tour
We were able to see some amazing parts of Berlin and listen to some great history and commentary by Tom.

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