Visit Berlin and do not miss anything

Things to see

Berlin is many things at once: a cosmopolitan, modern city, a living history book, and home to world-famous monuments and irreplaceable historical and cultural wealth. Forever marked by its role in WWII and by the wall which once divided the city in two, its streets are a living museum showcasing Europe's more recent history. Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of classic monuments and modern-day life, all coexisting in harmony in this unique city.

Sights

Although Berlin boasts hundreds of landmarks, you don't want to miss these: the Brandenburg Gate, the former city entrance; the Reichstag building, the seat of the German Parliament, topped by an impressive glass dome above the main hall; and Alexanderplatz, Berlin's transport hub, with its landmark TV tower and nearby shopping areas. Check out the striking city view from the green dome of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom).

The Berlin Wall

Obviously, a must-see for any trip to Berlin. Remains of this 20th Century landmark can still be seen throughout the city. The longest portion standing today, called the East Side Gallery, is near the Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge). It is a 1.3 km long section of the Wall, decked with graffiti and street art. To learn more about how the Berlin Wall affected the city's residents, visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum and, nearby, the powerful exposition at the Topography of Terror Museum.