Berlin is a captivating city with a rich history and even though I’ve been there three times I still don’t believe I’ve seen it all and I could go back ten times again. The possibilities are endless here are some of the must-sees while in Berlin. Trust me, you’ll want to go back.
Berlin Wall/East Side Gallery
This is a given, but seeing the wall in person evokes a lot of emotions and certainly left me speechless the first time I saw it. It really makes you think about how not that long ago that wall separated freedom and repression. Just a wall. The graffiti art on the wall is remarkable, every section displays so much talent and a lot of the messages it conveys are deep and thought provoking as well as promoting liberal views.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews Of Europe
Also known as the Holocaust Memorial this pays homage to the millions killed during the Holocaust and although it may not seem like much that almost makes it more brilliant. How do you possibly do those millions of people justice in one memorial? It’s difficult if not impossible. Nothing would seem like enough, so instead they opted for a memorial that could be interpreted any way you choose. The memorial has received some backlash because it only represents the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, however, since then other memorials have opened up to pay homage to the other groups that were persecuted by the Nazis. With the Hitler and the Nazis being such a huge part of Berlin’s history this is something that really should be seen while in Berlin.
This is by far the most recognizable landmark in Berlin, not to mention Germany. It’s an impressive structure and because it was used for many historical events it represents the turbulent history Germany has experienced.
Although closed now the airport has been turned into a park and the last time I was in Berlin I could walk on the runway. I may or may not have pretended to be a plane. The airport remains just how it looked during World War II and it is also where the Berlin Airlift occurred in 1948. I was transported in time when I walked onto the runway of the airport and there are few places that can still do that.
Another important historical sight, Checkpoint Charlie was the most well-known crossing point between East and West Berlin. The checkpoint now has a reenactment so it’ll have actors dressed as Allied soldiers to give you the full experience.
This is where the Sony Center is, which is an incredibly impressive building with countless shops, restaurants and even a movie theater, complete with a fountain in the middle. It’s also close to Tiergarten, another sight I love personally. Tiergarten is right in the middle of the city and it has some lovely paths that leave you forgetting you’re even in a city.
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam
Potsdam is a complex of palaces and gardens located in Potsdam. It is gorgeous with sprawling fields, walkways, gardens, lawns, and palaces scattered about. This alone could take a whole day to explore, but I added it to this list because while the city of Berlin is history-rich, it’s nice to have a break from the death and destruction reminders. On a nice day this is a perfect place to come and spend a day with a picnic, some wine and some friends.
There are many more sights, parks and attractions in Berlin that are worth seeing, but these are my favorite ones and what I think are the most important ones to see. Only have 6 hours to kill in this awesome historical city? Be sure to check out this Berlin travel guide for just that.
If you’re looking for some relaxation, be sure to check out the Vabali Spa in Berlin.