Todays sights took me round the more familiar sights you’d associate with Berlin. This can almost be described as the best of Berlin Mitte – as apart from a few steps into the Tiergarten, I stayed within the boundaries of Berlin’s most central district. This was the centre of the city during the rise of Prussia and unified Germany, the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany, and was the main governmental district for the communists during East Germany. Despite that fact, there was plenty to see in then vast wander through the heart of the German capital – from the side streets of the Scheunenviertel to the grand boulevard of Unter den Linden, including the bombastic architecture of the Prussian era as well as the East German’s vision of a new centre of the city.
I started of with Koppenplatz Memorial – It’s a memorial to the Jews of the neighbourhood who were deported to the concentration camps
Then it was on to one the city’s classic ballrooms complete with glitter ball haha.
I walked along Auguststrasse which is home to those who are interested in the Berlin art scene.
Now it was up one of Berlin’s most famous streets, Friedrichstrasse, which is home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theatres.
Berliner Ensemble – The theatre by the river was run for years by Berthold Brecht, and his plays are still regularly performed here.
After a short walk along the river, I found Reichstag – Home to Germany’s lower house of Parliament. It has a huge dome at the top which you can climb and get a great vantage point overlooking the city. Unfortunately you have to pre book this so I therefore didn’t get to climb it. But still well worth a look.
After walk around Reichstag, I followed the trial to the Famous Brandenburg Gate. What a great sight this was. Berlin’s most iconic sight.
Just of the gate, you are then in Pariser Platz – The square in front of the gate is best known for it’s embassies and the Academy of Art. However, it’s also home to The Adlon Hotel, and if you remember, this is the hotel that Michael Jackson once dangled a baby from the window.
Then you walk down the famous Unter den Laden street – Which hosts the Russian Embassy – The imposing palace that houses the Russian Embassy fulfilled the same function during the cold war for the Soviet Union. A Statue of Lenin can still be found in the courtyard.
And now it’s on to the famous Checkpoint Charlie – Checkpoint Charlie (or “Checkpoint C”) was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947–1991).
East German leader Walter Ulbricht agitated and maneuvered to get the Soviet Union‘s permission to construct the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration and defection westward through the Soviet border system, preventing escape across the city sector border from communist East Berlin into West Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. It is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin.
Heading back to Unter den Linden, towards the centre again, or the ‘Mitte’ as it’s called here, I came across Lustgarten – A nice green lawn that was once the site of Nazi rallies, but now surrounded by plenty of museums. Don’t ask me which ones, I haven’t a clue, and also along with The Berliner Dom, which is Berlin’s Cathedral.
Annnnnnnnnnnnd lastly, I finished off with the spectacular TV Tower. Again, they have a tour in tower, and you can also eat in the restaurant, but tickets have to be purchased. I know just a tour is 13 Euro.
So there we have it. I have walked countless Kilometres to bring you these awesome sights. There is definitely plenty to do and see if you are planning on visiting Berlin. There are plenty bars, clubs, restaurants and cafe’s to keep you going.
My ony 2 gripes of the trip, were the beggars, which seems to be pretty bad here, but you put that aside and it’s ok. Secondly, I haven’t been able to enjoy the sights a good as I wanted to, due to the heavy overhaul the city is currently having. There is lots of construction going, which takes away from the scenery. But its all for the future and to make a better city, improving, extending and upgrading the current U bahn, which is the underground. However, all in all, it’s been a pretty good visit.