Lives in Kansas City
Since Jun 2011
35-49 year old male
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You have to plan ahead to visit this incredible site. Go online and register for your visit, but it's free and not to be missed. The architecture of the Reichstag dome is very impressive, and the audio tour is great. It automatically plays and points out highlights as you wind your way to the dome's top.
It might seem odd to put a train station on a list of things to do in a city, but this is no ordinary train station. It's an architectural marvel! And, with so many shops spread out across its multiple levels, it's mall-like atmosphere makes it a decent shopping destination, too.
This is one of the most spectacular shopping experiences in Europe. From affordable souvenirs to over-the-top luxury items, this is a shopper's paradise! Think Harrod's auf Deutsch. Even if you don't want the shopping to bust your budget, you can spent hours here just browsing.
This place is really, really touristy. But it's a significant spot in Cold War history, so it's a place that's shouldn't be missed.
This is a spectacular cathedral that is among the most beautiful in Europe. It's worth the reasonable admission fee to soak in the amazing interior.
Observation towers can be a dime-a-dozen. But even if these kinds of attractions don't interest you, Berlin's Television Tower is different because of its connection to the Cold War and symbolism of the former Communist regime.
This is one of the most iconic structures in the world. You can't visit Berlin and miss the Brandenburg Gate. But because of it's central location, that won't happen. Take some time to stop and walk around. Don't just drive by it.
What makes this museum so incredible is that it has reconstructed massive archeological artifacts from ancient times. You can't visit this museum and not be impressed by things like the Ishtar Gate of Babylon or the Pergamon altar.
This is by no means the most distinguished area of the city. It's gritty and crowded. But this was the center of former East Berlin. There are some good shopping and food opportunities around the square, so it's definitely worth a look. Plus, I've been here before when festivals or fairs are set up on the square, which gives it an added dimension of interest.
There are so many things that make Potsdamer Platz a spot you should visit in Berlin. First, it was at the center of the Berlin Wall. A brick line cuts through the square indicating where the wall used to stand. This location was once split in two. Today, it's a vibrant area with shops and restaurants at the nearby Sony Center, and it's just a few blocks from some of Berlin's great museums.
Talk about a historical location! This is where Adolph Hitler welcomed the world for the 1936 Olympic Games, and where Jesse Owens embarrassed the Third Reich. If you opt out of a tour, you can still get up close and personal with the structure's exterior and it won't cost a thing.
The Germans are quite pragmatic about their very dark past. There is recognition that the past must be acknowledged lest we repeat our mistakes. The Holocaust Memorial sits in the heart of the city, just a block away from the Brandenburg Gate. It's a beautiful way to remember the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. This is a somber but moving place to experience quiet reflection.
This may be my favorite place in Berlin. This park offers a meaningful look at what life was like when the Berlin Wall went up. From the street where the wall went up (splitting neighbors on one side in the West and the other side in the East) to remains of the wall and remains of the security measures used to keep East Germans trapped in their city, wandering the park is both somber and enjoyable. It is a park, after all, so don't be surprised to see families playing games, couples having a romantic moment, or people settling in for a picnic.
A true German beer garden! The food here is incredible and the service is top-notch. If the weather is good, the Prater garden offers exactly what you'd hope to find at a German beer garden. If it's cool or the weather's bad, don't sweat it. Just head inside. You'll find the experience just as satisfying.
Take the S-Bahn north to Oranienburg and take the brief 10-minute walk to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Although this camp wasn't as big or as well-known as some of the other Nazi death camps, the experience is no less moving or powerful. This is a spot that demands you take your time. Go slow, soak it in, appreciate what the people who suffered here went through, and never forget.
This is one of several Ampelmann shops around Berlin. This one probably has the most character, but they all feature incredibly fun and whimsical souvenirs of the famous East German stoplight figures. You'll find Ampelmann items all over town, but nothing beats the collection of items available for sale at the original stores.