Berlin's tourist attractions
There are almost too many places to visit in Berlin! It is a city full of tourist attractions. Lux 11 is an excellent starting point for discovering all of Berlin’s tourist attractions. Within close range, you’ll find art galleries, boutique shops, design studios and concept stores. Within walking distance you’ll also find these Berlin tourist attractions:
Alexanderplatz is one of the most famous squares of Berlin. Alexanderplatz was involved in many important historical events throughout the centuries and it has been the subject of architectural competitions and public debate many times. As a tourist in Berlin, you must have visited this place.
360° Berlin Television Tower
The Berlin TV Tower is by the locals also known as Fensehturm. Because of its height of 368 meters, it’s the tallest building of Berlin and directly recognizable from a distance. The Berlin TV Tower was built in 1960, many visitors have enjoyed the unique 360° panorama of Berlin since then. It’s located nearby Alexanderplatz, right in the centre of former East Berlin. Around the Berlin TV Tower broad main streets are located like the Karl-Marx- Allee, which is in the same line as the buildings in the Socialist Classicism style.
The Hackesche Höfe is also known by the name of Scheunenviertal and is one of Berlin’s top entertainment districts since the 1990’s. It’s the place to be for people who are into clubbing, both Berliners and tourists. Of all Berlin tourist attractions, this is probably the most lively one.
The Museum Island has earned its spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is home to the most important exhibitions sites of Berlin, such as the Altes Museum (Old Museum, the Pergamon Museum, the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Bode Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). The collections of these buildings contain over 6.000 years of cultural history and art. The Berlin Stadtschloss (Royal Palace) used to be part of the island, but unfortunately it was destroyed in the DDR-era, and replayed by the Palace of the Republic. Plans have been made to reconstruct the building this year.
Discover the remains of the GDR (German Democratic Republic / DDR) in the DDR Museum, which is located right on the river Spree. The museum has an interactive approach and covers many aspects of the everyday life behind the Iron Curtain. In the DDR Museum visitors can have a look at the tiny Trabants and school books to Stasi surveillance devices. A place you must see when you're interested in the history of Germany.
Berlin Rotes Rathaus – Red City Hall
Berlin Rotes Rathaus, literally Red City Hall, is where the Berlin Senate – city government is seated. The local disctrict government is housed in the district Town Halls. The Rathaus was very damaged during World War II, and was rebuilt between 1951 and 1956.
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) was completed in 1905 and is the largest and most important Protestant church of the capital. Each year thousands of visitors come to Berlin to visit the Berliner Dom. A real landmark and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Berlin.
The Französischer Dom or French Cathedral is situated on the Gendarmenmarkt in the disctrict Mitte. This Dom is not a cathedral in the traditional sense of the word. The German name of Dom refers to the tower that was built later on the existing church in 1795. This happened almost 100 years after it had originally been built. The original name of this cathedral used to be Französische Friedrichstadtkirche.
The Deutscher Dom was built in 1708 and is located on the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt, across the French Cathedral. The Deutscher Dom was completely destroyed during World War II and after restorations it was reopened in October 1996.
The Brandenburger Tor is one of the highlights of Berlin which has a rich history. The Brandenburger Tor is one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany. This used to be a city gate, but it was rebuilt from 1788 to 1791 and is now a neoclassical triumphal arch. The Brandenburger Tor is only a few meters away from the Reichtag building.
The Lustgarten (also known as Pleasure Garden), is a wonderful park on Museum Island. The park is very popular during the summer and both Berliners as tourists like to relax here. The Lustgarten is located in front of the Altes Museum. Explore the museum and enjoy a lovely picnic in the park afterwards!
Quartier Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz (Potsdam Square in English) is one of the most important traffic intersections in Berlin. More than 100.000 Berliners and tourists come to Potzdamer Platz every day. Experience the entertainment and go shopping on this buzzing square.
The Bundeskanzleramt (The German Chancellery) is the home of the Secretary of State and the Federal Minister. This building opened its doors in 2001 and was designed by Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes. It is one of the most fascinating buildings in the new government area.
Checkpoint Charlie, along with Glienicker Brücke was the best known crossing point during the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of this war and is considered one the most popular Berlin tourist attractions.
The Regierungsviertel is an old diplomatic disctrict that’s also known as the ‘government quarter’. After the Cold War international life moved back into this district and many federal government offices are situated here today. Take a walk along the river Spree and have a look at the different buildings in this area.
The East Side Gallery in Berlin is a symbol for freedom. This 1,3 kilometers long piece of former Berlin Wall located near the city centre and consists of 105 different paintings by artists from over the world. The East-Side-Gallery is the largest open-air gallery in the world and one of Berlin's main tourist attractions.
The Gendarmenmarkt is a magnificent square near the shopping street Friederichstraße in Berlin. The square is known for the three architectural highlights that can be found here: the Deutscher Dom, Französicher Dom and Schinkel’s Konzerthaus. During the weeks before Christmas a lively Christmas market and ice rink can be found here.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was designed by Peter Eisenman and Buro Happold. This stunning monument in memory of the Holocaust was opened to the public in 2005 and consists of 2.711 different blocks that vary in height on a sloping field. The Holocaust-Memorial is situated a few meters away from the Brandenburger Tor.
The Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue) is along with the Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Museum one of the most important monuments of Berlin. The building was built in 1866 as the largest Jewish place of worship in the country (3200 people could be seated) and survived the Kristallnacht as one of the few, but it was damaged and later reconstructed.
The Reichstag building was opened in 1894 and damaged through fire in World War II. In 1990 the building was completely reconstructed and back in use in 1999. The Parliament in Berlin is now seated in the Reichstag.
Berlin’s Siegessäule is also a monument in Berlin that has reinvented itself though the years. It’s located in the Großer Tiergarten and can be reached through a tunnel for pedestrians. Visitors can take the stairs all the way up and have a great view over Berlin.
Berlin Wall Monument
On a few spots in Berlin people can still see the remains of the Cold War. In the Bernauerstraße you can walk along 1,4 kilometers of former Berlin Wall. The monument includes a Visitor Centre which chronicles the history of Berlin and the Cold War. A must see Berlin tourist attraction.
The Nikolaiviertel is the historical centre of Berlin and has been renovated in its original medieval style. It’s situated 5 minutes away from Alexanderplatz and famous for the many small shops offering souvenirs and antiques.
Akademie der Künste
The Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) is an institution of arts in Berlin. Many important artists such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Karl Friedrich Schinkel are members of this academy. The academy has the task to promote art in Germany, and to advise and support. The Akademie der Künste is located in the Pariser Platz.
Boulevard of the Stars
Hollywood is not the only place that has a Walk of Fame. In Potsdamer Platz the greatest actors and directors of German speaking film and television history are eternalized with a star on the Boulevard of Stars. The red carpet of stars runs between the Sony Center and Potsdamer Platz.
Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden used to be the most glamorous central boulevard of Berlin in the 19th. Today this boulevard is still charming and perfect for a walk on a sunny afternoon. When crossing the Brandenburger Tor the boulevard is right in front of you.
Tiergarten is not only a zoo, it’s also the name of a district with many parliamentary buildings.