When planning to visit Berlin, it can be difficult to decide which sights to see within your travel time window. Chances are you already have a few spots in mind, but if you are still in need of some attractions to fill the itinerary, look no further! Here at Auto Europe we have compiled a list of top destinations within the confines of Berlin for you to mull over.
Probably the most iconic destinations in Berlin, this former city gate, designed in neoclassical architecture style, was originally built in the 1700's, and since has been restored, to its original glory. The gate consists of 12 massive, Grecian styled, pillars, atop which sits a sculpture dedicated to the great monarchs of Prussia. Visitors to the gate have an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of Europe's most famous leaders, touring the storied grounds where Napoleon marched his triumphant military processions through Brandenburg Gate.
Though the majority of this iconic wall was demolished in 1990, a short portion still remains as a symbolic reminder of the former delineation of East and West Berlin, and the implications of a culturally segregated Germany. Visitors to this monument can walk along both sides of wall, learn about the historic impact of the Cold War on Berlin, and view the famous East Berlin graffiti art.
Easily one of the most famous collections of architecture, art installations, and literature by one of the most famous design schools in the 20th Century, visitors to The Bauhaus Archive can view, and learn about the designs that changed the face of the modern art world forever. Bauhaus design, colloquially known as International Style, was known for its absence of unnecessary ornamentation, and for crafting designs that exemplified the harmony of form and function. The Bauhaus design style is still evident in much of our world, and will forever hold a place in history as an innovative force that changed the standards for which we judge modern artistic creations, and for ushering in an era of utility-based design.
Avid shoppers rejoice, as Berlin's famed KaDeWe is the largest department store in all of Europe, featuring an overwhelming assortment of shops, from vintage and thrift to high-end designer. For those in need of souvenirs to bring back home for the family, KaDaWe has something for everybody and should not be overlooked.
For a family friendly adventure in the sun, a visit to the Berlin Zoo may be the perfect outing. The Berlin Zoo is the most popular zoo in Europe, and for good reason, as it houses nearly 14,000 creatures, among them some of the rarest and most endangered species on the planet. The zoo is also home to a world-renowned aquarium, with glass tunnels giving you a 360 degree view of sharks, rays, and crocodiles as they swim around you. Fancy a picnic in the park? The Berlin Zoo has you covered with expertly landscaped gardens with an ample sitting area.
Originally situated in the military zone between East and West Berlin, the Reichstag was completely renovated and redesigned upon the inception of Berlin as the capital of Germany. Visitors to this excellent monument can climb the stairs to the buildings glass dome, overlooking the city, providing unmatched views of Berlin's many districts.
Berlin's Museum Island is an officially recognized UNESCO world heritage site, and hence the name, home to a host of museums containing a number of priceless works of art. Over 6,000 years of cultural history is represented within the confines of 5 distinct museums: the Neues Museum, the Altes Museum, the Bode Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, and the Pergamon Museum. The island also houses the famed Palace of the Republic. Museum Island is an excellent destination for an all-day, day-trip, exploring 60 centuries of art, design, and sculpture.
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