Top 34 attractions to explore in Berlin
Capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and sciences, and its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations and convention venues.
One of Germany's most beautiful historic exhibition buildings. Opened in 1881, the exhibition rooms surround an atrium decorated with mosaics and coats of arms of German states by the sculptor Otto Lessing. The museum is well known for it's selection of the exhibitions it displays.
Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, it is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Consists of a 19,000-square-metre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The slabs are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.
Exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. The museum houses more than 30 million zoological, paleontological, and mineralogical specimens. It is famous for two exhibits: the largest mounted dinosaur in the world (a Giraffatitan skeleton), and a well-preserved specimen of the earliest known bird, Archaeopteryx.
Neue Nationalgalerie is a museum of modern art, with a focus on art from early 20th century. The museum owns masterpeices from artists like Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky and Barnett Newman. Despite the large size of the museum, the exhibits are rotated at intervals as the collection of artworks at the museum is very large.
A memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship. The sculpture in the memorial is an enlarged version of Käthe Kollwitz's "Mother with her Dead Son". The sculpture is directly placed under the oculus, and so is exposed to the rain, snow, and cold of the Berlin climate, symbolizing the suffering of civilians during World War II.
The meeting place of the German parliament. It was opened in 1894 and housed the parliment of German Empire until 1933, when it was severely damaged after being set on fire. The ruined building was partially refurbished in the 1960s, but a full restoration was made after German reunification on 3 October 1990. the restoration was completed in 1999.
Research and memorial centre showcasing the political system of the former East Germany. It is located in the former headquarters of the Stasi(Ministry for State Security), the official state security service of the East Germany. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the office and working quarters of the former head of the Stasi – Erich Mielke.
Located on the site where the principal instruments of Nazi persecution and terror were occured between 1933 and 1945: the headquarters of the Gestapo, the high command and security service of the SS, and from 1939 the Reich Security Main Office. The museum shed lights about these institutions and the crimes that were organised there. Photographs and documents illustrate the history from the time the Nazis took power until the end of the war.
Designed after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. When it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), giving the statue a new purpose. These later victories inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 metres (27 ft) high and weighing 35 tonnes.
The Weißensee Cemetery is the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, containing 115,000 graves covering an area of 100 acres. The cemetery was dedicated in 1880 and at present it contains a Holocaust memorial and memorial to Jews who lost their lives during World War I.
Oldest and best-known zoo in Germany. It covers 35 hectares (86.5 acres) and has about 1,380 different species and over 20,200 animals, presenting one of the most comprehensive collections of species in the world. It is the most-visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. Regular animal feedings are among its most famous attractions.
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