In January 2016 I decided to visit Berlin, one of the great capitals of Europe and from which I took a great memory. It is a city where there is a lot of history and to recommend it I recommend at least 3 days.
It is a city where most visits are concentrated and can be visited by foot, but it has a very wide metro network.
The best time to visit Berlin is in the summer, although rainfall is abundant during these dates, in winter it is quite cold and there is usually snowfall and you can enjoy a different landscape.
These are the main places to visit in Berlin:
The Brandenburg Gate is the best known monument in Berlin and possibly in all of Germany.
Located in the center of the city, in the Place de Paris, marks the end of Unter den Linden Avenue and the beginning of the Tiergarten park.
With the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Gate was left in no man's land, without access from the East or the West.
The Berlin Wall divided the city into two parts for 28 years, from 1961 to 1989.
The fall of the Wall was one of the most important events of the XX Century, on November 9 thousands of people concentrated on the control points and crossed to the other side of the Wall.
Thousands of families and friends were able to reunite after 28 years of separation.
Today the seat of the German Parliament was the seat of the Reichstag during the Second German Empire and years later the seat of the Parliament of the Weimar Republic.
In 1933 it suffered a fire and after the Second World War it was badly damaged by what was reformed in the 60s and the final structure was built in the 90s by Norman Foster.
Dome of the German Parliament
The dome of the Parliament can be visited free of charge by prior reservation.
It is located on the Plenary Hall of Parliament and is designed by Norman Foster.
You can reach the top and go to the terrace enjoying good views of the city but not the best.
Unter den Linden
Berlin's main avenue houses several of the most important buildings in the city.
It starts at the Paris Square and during its 1.5 km there are several embassies, the New Guard building, the Babelplatz and it ends at the bridge of the castle that connects with the Museum Island.
This square located in the center of Berlin is considered one of the main meeting points of the capital.
The square houses the television tower, the World Clock, the Neptune Fountain and the Red City Hall among other important buildings.
Large avenues built in the communist era depart from it.
-Old National Gallery: Museum focused on 19th century painting, price € 10.
-Bode Museum: It houses one of the largest collections of sculptures, price € 12.
-Pergamo Museum: The most visited museum and a must-see in the city. Inside you can enjoy huge buildings such as the Altar of Pergamum, the door of the Roman market of Miletus and the Astarte Door. Price € 12.
In Berlin you can visit almost 200 museums but the most important ones are on this island located in the center of the city.
On the island you can enjoy 5 museums:
-Ancient Museum: Built in 1828, houses a collection of Classical Antiques, the price is € 10.
-New Museum: The jewel of the museums, reopened in 2009 and with a price of € 12.
Visit totally recommended to know the subsoils of the German capital.
There are different types of tours, but all of them are very good and you will be surprised by the amount of bunkers and stories that still remain from the Second World War and the Cold War.
Prices vary according to the tour but are very cheap, ranging from € 9 to € 15.
Located on the Museum Island, it is the most important religious building in the city.
Like the great majority of buildings in Berlin, it was hit by a bomb and badly damaged.
Restoration began in 1975 and until 1993 it was not completely completed.
The price for visiting it is € 7.
Located next to the Brandenburg Gate, this monument composed of 2711 concrete blocks is built to commemorate the Jews killed in Europe.
East Side Gallery
This outdoor art gallery is considered the largest in the world.
It is the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, extends for 1.3 km and consists of more than 100 murals painted by artists from around the world.
Built in 1969 by the Democratic Republic of Germany (GDR) it was used as a symbol of superiority by communism.
At 368 meters high, it is the tallest tower in Germany and the best vantage point in the city.
The price is € 13 but the views are highly recommended.
It was the most famous border crossing and opened the way to the control zone of the United States with that of the Soviet Union.
The pass was demolished and at present there is a replica of the first control booth and the American sign that said "You are leaving the American sector".
It is the largest park in Berlin, crossing the street on June 17 is the Victory Column and also highlights the Soviet Monument inside the park.
Memorial Kaiser Wilhelm Church
Church built between 1891 and 1895 by Willem II.
After the bombing of the Second World War, only the central tower remained standing and after the refusal of the citizens to remodel it, the tower was kept as a memorial of the war.
Berlin Olympic stadium
Stadium that hosted the 1936 Olympic Games and phases of the World Cups of 1974 and 2006.
Today is the stadium where Herta Berlin plays its matches.
The football shirts bought during the trip were those of Borussia Dortmund and Herta Berlin.