What to See in Berlin, Germany
Admire the Enduring Symbol of Berlin: The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate stands in the heart of Berlin, an icon through good times and bad. In Berlin's pre-war heyday, the gate marked the western extremity of the "main street," Unter den Linden, before becoming a symbol of a divided city when the structure was integrated into the Berlin Wall.
Explore The Berliner Dom
Like so much of the city, the Berliner Dom (Berlin's pre-eminent cathedral), was ravaged in the war. Now restored, it features a magnificent wall altar and stained glass windows. The tombstones of Prussian royals are displayed in the crypt.
Visit the Mighty Reichstag
The Reichstag is the home of the country's parliament since Germany's reunification in 1990. The neo-Renaissance building is crowned by a new glass dome designed by Sir Norman Foster. Take an elevator ride to the top, where a sweeping vista of Berlin opens before you.
Gawk at the Graffiti at the East Side Gallery Section of the Berlin Wall
Vibrant graffiti works, from spacemen to the politically-charged Bruderkuss (Brotherly Kiss), capture the imagination at the East Side Gallery, a preserved section of the infamous Berlin Wall.
Experience the Horrifying yet Strangely Beautiful Holocaust Memorial
Peter Eisenman was the architect who designed Berlin's controversial Holocaust Memorial, filled with claustrophobic pathways through great slabs of concrete. The American architect deliberately placed many of the dark gray slabs, with their knife-sharp edges, off-kilter, evoking tombstones in an unkempt graveyard.
Browse for Cold War-Era Treasures at a Flea Market
Communist stars are for sale alongside American flags in one of the city's flea markets. This divided history is visible all over the city but helps contribute to a forward-looking outlook that makes modern Berlin Germany's most cosmopolitan city.
Cross the Border at Checkpoint Charlie
After the wall itself, nothing drives home the sense of a city divided more than Checkpoint Charlie. This reconstructed cabin marks one of the only points at which Berliners could pass between the Communist Bloc and the free world--provided they had the correct papers, of course.