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Berlin Spectacular

Visiting Berlin you might be disappointed first because all of its more than 750 years of history with former and present glory doesn’t meet the eye at once. What you will notice very soon is that Berlin is a very green town with lots of water and even more bridges than Venice. Berlin can please your eye or blow you away, what ever you wish for.

Hotspots and tours you should see at least once.

The core of history manifests in today’s and former residences of power. Today’s German Government resides at the Bundestag (Reichstag building, parliament), Bundeskanzleramt (Chancellor, leader of legislation), and Bellevue Palace (Bundespräsident, President, mostly representative). Take time to walk through the Reichstag Dome. The different Ministers (members of a governmental cabinet) and their administrative bodies are scattered in Berlin-Mitte.

The biggest and most famous palace in Berlin is Charlottenburg Palace, which is dating back to the turn of the 17th century. You should take some time for visiting and stroll through the beautiful park like many natives do daily.

A great daytrip is visiting the palace and gardens on Peacock Island dating back to the turn of the 18th century. Situated at the lake Wannsee you can take a pleasure boat and enjoy the voyage and the sightseeing.

One of the surely most famous places to visit is outside of Berlin in Potsdam Rococo style Sanssouci Palace and its park dating back to the midst 18th century. There are more palaces around, but it will take you weeks to visit them all. Here you find a list of all palaces and castles in and around Berlin.

The most enjoyable and easiest ways to get a great impression of sights and places in Berlin is taking a boat! With lots of water in Berlin you can choose different tours ranging from 1 hour to a whole day, then covering the lakes around Berlin. The best tours are offered by Stern und KreisschiffahrtReederei Riedel and Reederei Winkler. You find the places for boarding the boats on the websites. Something mostly overlooked by tourists and citizens are the great bridges of Berlin. In case you make a boat trip you will recognize them, maybe take some time to visit a few more.

To get an impression of the old-style Berlin, i.e. from the turn of the 19th century, you should walk through the streets of Charlottenburg. Start from famous boulevard Kurfürstendamm and take the small streets left and right. You will see great facades and buildings when you start taking the smaller streets. In case you get the chance to take a glimpse into a backyard, be respectful, but try it – its something Berlin is famous for too!

In Mitte you can stroll along the rebuild grand boulevard Unter den Linden starting from famous Brandenburg Gate. You will get an impression of the former glory of Prussia.

Modern post-unification architecture you can visit at the new pounding heart of Berlin around the Potsdamer Platz. There you can go shopping, visit some great shows, find your luck in a casino or enjoy food and drinks in a tourism friendly environment.

Every visitor needs a picture with the most famous Worldtime Clock, the best view over the city you get from the Fernsehturm Berlin. You surely should walk through Kreuzberg, a district mostly inhabiting foreign workers since the 1960s and now hit by gentrification.

You want to see how the glory of the former socialistic part of Germany (East Germany, GDR) looks like? Visit their grand boulevard Karl-Marx-Allee starting from Strausberger Platz you can walk all through to Frankfurter Allee. You will get an impression of it and find shops and restaurants along the way – go there, do it! To get an impression of the everyday architecture in socialism you should drive through Lichtenberg and Marzahn – two of the districts with highest unemployment rate – for hardcore visitors only.

Lastly, as a daily reminder for everyones consciousness of the horror of Nazi history there is the Project Stolpersteine (stumbling blocks). Seeing the blocks with the names of displaced and murdered people on the street reminds that the terror and horror were omnipresent. Further there is the Holocaust Memorial in rememberance of the Jews of Europe killed during this dark period. In Oranienburg is the memorial sight and museum about the concentration camp Sachsenhausen.

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