Modern and cosmopolitan metropolis
Symbol of the city, the Brandenburg Gate
exerts its incomparable charm on everyone. More than any other place, it has been a silent witness to Germany’s history. This Neoclassical sandstone arch, crowned by the bronze “Quadriga of Victory
”, was inspired by the Propylea of the Acropolis of Athens
. A tour of the city begins at the Brandenburg Gate
, which was inaccessible when Germany was divided in two, and visits a series of interesting attractions.
These include the Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche) along Kurfürstendamm, the Gendarmenmarkt square, an ensemble of harmony and architectural beauty with the Konzerthaus Concert Hall and the French Cathedral.
The Reichstag. Berlin. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
The Reichstag, seat of the German Parliament, with its magnificent glass dome designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster, and one of the greatest attractions in Berlin.
Band des Bundes. Berlin. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
Band des Bundes
The Federal Chancellery, one of the most imposing building in the new Government district, is part of the "Band des Bundes" (Federal Belt), which links the new buildings while maintaining an architectural dialogue with the historical building of the Reichstag.
The Potsdamer Platz, with its modern architecture, is a favourite destination for shopping, entertainment and business. One of the places preferred by tourists is the Hackeschen Höfe, eight courtyards that make up the largest courtyard complex in Germany, which are overlooked by apartments and commercial activities.
The Television Tower. Berlin. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
Don't miss the 368-metre high Television Tower on Alexanderplatz, which houses a rotating restaurant.
Berlin: the city of museums
Berlin is a city of museums. It has 175 in all, which safeguard history, art and knowledge and house genuine treasures of world culture such as the Pergamon Altar and the Bust of Nefertiti, also known as “the most beautiful Berlin woman”.
The Museum Island offers priceless treasures and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Potsdamer Platz. Berlin. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
Shopping in Berlin
In addition to a dozen shopping centres, there are numerous streets for making purchases, including the famous Kurfürstendamm and Friedrichstrasse, the unusual boutiques in the Kreuzberg, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts, the Arkaden shopping complexes in Potsdamer Platz and the Europa Center in Breitscheidplatz. A must-see store is the legendary KaDeWe in Wittenberg Platz. Arranged on six floors, it is the largest department store in Europe. The Galeries Lafayette in Friedrichstrasse attract visitors with their typical French charm.
The Berlin Wall
The year 1989 was a milestone in the history of Germany and whole of Europe. During the night between 9 and 10 November 1989, at the height of a peaceful revolution, the Berlin Wall, built in 1961, came down, and the border between the East and West of the country was opened.
Celebrations marking the anniversary of the occasion are the perfect opportunity to rediscover the European continent’s recent past and the rebirth of the city of Berlin. It is some time now that the Berlin Wall has disappeared, but the memory is still alive, and visitors from all over the world gather in places where these memories are evoked.
German food and wine
Typical products are undoubtedly beer, sausages and sauerkraut. But the German food and wine heritage offers 120 types of cheeses, sparkling and fruity Riesling wines, Pinot Noirs, produced in 13 wine production areas.
Brezel bread, biscuits such as Printen and desserts such as the tree-shaped Baumkuchen from Salzwedel are just some of the typical specialties to discover along with the gourmet cuisine of the more than 300 starred restaurants.
Text by Luca Lembi
Updated by Alisè Vitri
Avion Tourism Magazine
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Where to sleep in Berlin
Berlin. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
Berlin is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
Hotels in tourist areas
Hotels near the airport