Despite Berlin’s difficult history, it has become one of the most attractive cities in Europe. A thriving arts scene makes the culture feel vibrant. Museums and landmarks remind visitors of the city’s division and reunification. Plus, cheap hotels in Berlin make it an affordable city to visit frequently.
When travel takes you to Berlin, try to find time for these four attractions.
Visit The Reichstag Building
The Reichstag Building has a complicated history. Germany opened the building in 1894 to house its federal government. When someone set fire to it in 1933, the government used it as an excuse to tighten restrictions and increase security throughout the country. In other words, the fire helped the Nazis take over the country and issue repressive laws.
The building suffered more damage during WWII bombings. No one really used it again until after Germany’s reunification. A recently added dome gives the old building a contemporary look. Today, it offers a 360-degree view of the city.
If you plan to spend much time at the Reichstag, consider booking a room at Steigenberger Hotel Kanzleramt. The hotel has a perfect view of the Reichstag.
Tour Museum Island
Museum Island packs five distinct museums into one small area. The museums have artwork and artifacts from throughout Germany’s history. This is a great place to start if you want to understand the progress of this turbulent city.
Museum Island holds:
- Altes Museum (Old Museum)
- Neues Museum (New Museum)
- Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
- Bode Museum
- Pergamon Museum
You should set aside time for each of them. It only takes about ten minutes to walk from Eurostars Berlin to Museum Island. The hotel also sits on a train line. The train comes by every nine minutes, so it’s always a good option if you don’t feel like walking.
Stroll Along the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall divided the city for nearly three decades. After the Soviet Union began to crumble, though, the wall could not keep East and West separate for long. Today, most of the wall has been demolished.
There are still some historically significant sections left standing, including part of a crossing point named Checkpoint Charlie. Hook up with a Berlin Walking Tour to better understand what you’re looking at. You may have difficulty understanding the importance of some places without a knowledgeable guide helping you.
Try staying at Derag Livinghotel Grosser Kurfurst when touring the Berlin Wall. It’s close enough that you can reach the wall easily. It also has low rates and comfortable amenities that make it a reliable choice.
Hear the Berlin Philharmonic
The Berlin Philharmonic is one of the world’s symphony orchestra. Under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra has tackled several classical and contemporary scores. Few orchestras have the talent and dedication to play these pieces with such enthusiasm and precision.
Pestana Berlin Tiergarten is one of the best places to stay for easy access to the Berlin Philharmonic. It’s a 20-minute walk that’s very enjoyable on cool evenings. If you prefer, you can save time and energy by taking the bus.
Pestana Berlin Tiergarten is also very close to the Berlin Zoo. You could make a lovely day by spending the afternoon at the zoo and the evening at the Berlin Philharmonic.