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1. Reichstag

213 Reviews Since our last visit to Berlin the Reichstag building had acquired its glistening new dome, the work of Norman Foster. As an admirer of his work, and a fan of new meets old architecture, I was keen...


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2. Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

The Berlin Cathedral with the Pleasure Garden served as the Court and Memorial Church of the Hohenzollern dynasty (Kaiser William II, 1905). It is built in High Renaissance style. The crypt contains...


3. Berlin Wall

147 Reviews The Berlin Wall known in the Soviet Union and in the German Democratic Republic as the "Anti-Fascist Protective Rampart," was a separation barrier between West Berlin and East Germany (the German...


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4. Brandenburger Tor

The place everybody knows when they think of Berlin and indeed it is impressive. It was built in 1788 as a gate to the city. It is at the beginning of Unter den Linden. In the times of the cold war...


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5. Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

"The Fernsehturm is an impressive and iconic sight, soaring above the skyline of Berlin like a giant glistening golf ball skewered on a concrete spike, topped with a red and white flash. This product...


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6. Unter den Linden

In 1985 I stood on the western side of the Brandenburg Gate and peered across the Wall and No Mans Land, through its arches to what was at one time the most elegant street in the city, Unter den...


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7. Checkpoint Charlie

186 Reviews One of the highlights of our previous trip to Berlin was a visit to this museum. Privately run, it documents the story of the Berlin Wall, and in particular the individual stories of those who sought...


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8. Potsdamer Platz

One of several skyscrapers at the Potsdamer Platz is the Kollhoff-Tower. A modest (by New York standards) 25 storeys it is nevertheless a striking building due to the way it tapers to a sharp...


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9. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (in German: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedchtniskirche, but mostly just known as Gedchtniskirche) is located in Berlin on the Kurfrstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz. The original church on the site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943. The present building, which consists of a church with an attached foyer and a separate belfry with an attached chapel, was built between 1959 and 1963. The damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a memorial hall.


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10. Gendarmenmarkt

The Gendarmenmarkt is a square in Berlin, and the site of the Konzerthaus and the French and German Cathedrals. The centre of the Gendarmenmarkt is crowned by a statue of Germany's poet Friedrich Schiller. The square was created by Johann Arnold Nering at the end of the seventeenth century as the Linden-Markt and reconstructed by Georg Christian Ungerin 1773. The Gendarmenmarkt is named after the cuirassier regiment Gens d'Armes, which was deployed at this square until 1773.


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11. Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace (German: Schloss Charlottenburg) is the largest palace in Berlin,Germany, and the only royal residency in the city dating back to the time of the Hohenzollern family. It is located in the Charlottenburg district of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf burough.

The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was greatly expanded during the 18th century. It includes much exotic internal decoration in baroque and rococo styles. A large formal garden surrounded by woodland was added behind the palace, including a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theatre and a pavilion. During the Second World War, the palace was badly damaged but has since been reconstructed. The palace with its gardens are a major tourist attraction.


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12. Kaufhaus des Westens

The Kaufhaus des Westens (English "Department Store of the West", usually abbreviated to KaDeWe) is a department store in Berlin. With over 60,000 square metres of selling space and more than 380,000 articles available, it is the second largest department store in Europe; trumped only by Harrods in London. It attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors every day.


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