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Berlin for History Buffs

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Berlin is a city made for twentieth century history buffs. From Imperial Berlin to the Weimer Republic, to the Third Reich, to World War II, to the Cold War, no city saw more drama in the last century than this one. Since no one can live by historical sights alone, I have other recommendations, too.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

Brandenburg Gate

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rausch Schokoladenhaus

Restaurants

Reichstag Building

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hotel Pension Senta

Hotels

Neue Wache

History Museums

Cathedral of St. Hedwig - Domgemeinde St. Hedwig

Churches & Cathedrals

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Historic Sites

Unter den Linden

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Bebelplatz

Historic Sites

Day 2

Pergamonmuseum

Art Museums

Museum Island

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Insider Tour

City Tours, Walking Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips

Checkpoint Charlie

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Monuments & Statues

Tiergarten

Gardens

cashelguy's City Tips

  • Bring a good set of walking shoes.
  • With the excellent U-Bahn and S-Bahn systems one can get a cheaper hotel in an area farther from the city center and still reach downtown easily.
  • Get the Berlin Welcome Card+Museumsinsel. It gives unlimited travel on Berlin's excellent public transportation system plus free entrance to the five museums on Museum Island.
    Day 1
  • Brandenburg Gate
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cashelguy Says:

    This is THE symbol of Berlin and an excellent place to start a tour of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • See it at night when it is lit up.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mr X 23/06/2019
    • A panorama view is the only one offered. 23/06/2019
    • Brandenburg Gate
    Address:
    Pariser Platz
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Rausch Schokoladenhaus
    Restaurants (Deli, Cafe, International, Diner, Soups)
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    cashelguy Says:

    This is the biggest chocolate store in the world. This place is every chocolate fan's dream come true.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy chocolate and/or hit the cafe.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 7,382 restaurants in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Reminiscent of good old daysP 23/06/2019
    • Nice experience 20/06/2019
    • Rausch Schokoladenhaus
    Address:
    Charlottenstr. 60
    Entrance Mohrenstrasse, Right Next to Gendarmenmarkt
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 757880
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Reichstag Building
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cashelguy Says:

    Perhaps no building in the world saw more twentieth century history up close and personal than this one. From Kaiser Wilhelm's famous speech at the beginning of World War I, to the sad last days of the Weimer Republic, to its mysterious fire in the first days of the Third Reich, to its last stand of die hard Nazis during the Battle of Berlin to back to being the home of the German legislature for the reunited Germany this place has seen it all.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to get a ticket for the roof/dome.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 23/06/2019
    • Reichstag visit 23/06/2019
    • Reichstag Building
    Address:
    Platz der Republik 1
    10557 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2270
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Hotel Pension Senta
    Hotels
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    cashelguy Says:

    Great budget hotel in a quiet Berlin neighborhood. Warning: lots of stairs in this older building.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 203 Bed and Breakfasts in Berlin
    • Excellent accommodation 20/05/2018
    • Cosy hotel with friendly stuff & beautiful rooms 01/07/2017
    • Hotel Pension Senta
    Address:
    Bundesallee 137
    12161 Berlin
    Germany
  • Neue Wache
    History Museums
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    cashelguy Says:

    This Germany's monument to the unknown soldier and the unknown concentration camp victim.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you have a lot of time to spend in Berlin then it's worth a visit. 21/06/2019
    • Worth a Visit. 06/06/2019
    • Neue Wache
    Phone:
    +49 30 25002333
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Cathedral of St. Hedwig - Domgemeinde St. Hedwig
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    cashelguy Says:

    This is a Catholic Cathedral commissioned by King Frederick the Great built to look like an upside down Silesian tea cup.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Excellent edifice. 04/06/2019
    • cool views 21/05/2019
    • Cathedral of St. Hedwig - Domgemeinde St. Hedwig
    Address:
    Hinter der Katholischen Kirche 3
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2034810
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    08:00 - 14:00
    Thu
    11:30 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    Historic Sites
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    cashelguy Says:

    The Berlin Wall divided Berlin for nearly three decades. This memorial explains its history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Moving and informative memorial in very good condition 23/06/2019
    • Interesting 23/06/2019
    • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    Address:
    Bernauer Strasse 111
    13355 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 467986666
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Unter den Linden
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    cashelguy Says:

    This is the main street of Berlin lined with historic sights. Notice the Russian Embassy still has hammers and sickles from the Soviet era.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared for construction.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Could be good - but now it is under construction 02/06/2019
    • Beautiful 26/05/2019
    • Unter den Linden
    Other:
  • Bebelplatz
    Historic Sites
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    cashelguy Says:

    This is the sight of the first Nazi mass book burning in 1933. Faculty and students of Humboldt University carried nearly 25,000 books from the school libraries to be burned in the square. Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Geobbels organized this outrage as a demonstration of Nazi power. Among the authors whose works went up in smoke was Albert Einstein, who only the year before was on the Humboldt Univ. faculty! In the square are a couple of sites that are easy to miss. One is a window in the ground. Under it are empty bookshelves to commemorate this event. It isn't easy to see through the window during the day, but the underground room is lit up at night. Also, there is a small plaque with the most prophetic quote in the history of German literature by poet Heinrich Heine that says, "Where books are burned, people will be burned!" Heine wrote that over a hundred years earlier. Even though he converted to Christianity, his works were still considered degenerate by the Nazis because he was born a Jew.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Go at night when the underground bookshelves are lit so you can see the empty shelves better.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #119 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Good to see 31/05/2019
    • Interesting 27/05/2019
    • Bebelplatz
    Address:
    Bebelplatz 1
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Pergamonmuseum
    Art Museums
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    cashelguy Says:

    This museum has some great treasures recovered by German archeologists. They include the Pergamon Altar, an incredible pagan worship site from the second century B.C. and the Gates of Ishtar from 6th century B.C. Babylon. It was commissioned by the Biblical King Nebuchadnezzar II.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free with the Museum Pass.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • must to see 23/06/2019
    • Great museum 22/06/2019
    • Pergamonmuseum
    Address:
    Bodestrasse 1-3
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 266424242
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Museum Island
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    cashelguy Says:

    Museum Island holds five great museums including the Pergamon.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • All the museums are free if you get the Museum Pass.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding museums!! 22/06/2019
    • Beautiful 21/06/2019
    • Museum Island
    Address:
    Breite Street
    13089 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 266424242
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Insider Tour
    City Tours, Walking Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips
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    cashelguy Says:

    This great tour company gives great themed Berlin walking tours. The Third Reich and Cold War walking tours are ideal for any history buff.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You get a discount with the Berlin Welcome Card.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 493 Tours in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Famous Insider Tour worth every moment! 23/06/2019
    • Great tour of Berlin with Ciaran 23/06/2019
    • Insider Tour
    Phone:
    +49 163 5120124
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cashelguy Says:

    During the Cold War Checkpoint Charlie was ground zero.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #324 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Disappointing. 23/06/2019
    • Cheap and tacky 23/06/2019
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    Address:
    Friedrichstr. 43-45
    10969 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    cashelguy Says:

    Glorious church from the Imperial age that was bombed to pieces during World War II. Now, like Coventry Cathedral, it is a peace memorial.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Church to See 19/06/2019
    • Fun to see 12/06/2019
    • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
    Address:
    Breitscheidplatz
    10789 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 173 14080448
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Monuments & Statues
    See more photos
    cashelguy Says:

    This is Berlin's memorial to the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Inspired Work Commemorating a Great Tragedy 23/06/2019
    • Definitely worth the visit 23/06/2019
    • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Address:
    Near the Brandenburg Gate
    Information Center: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2639430
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Tiergarten
    Gardens
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    cashelguy Says:

    Berlin's version of Central Park is the lungs of the city.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • Wear good walking shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see in Berlin 23/06/2019
    • Great Park!! 22/06/2019
    • Tiergarten
    Address:
    Strasse des 17. Juni 100
    10557 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 901833101
    Other:
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