Three days in a city is never enough time to see everything. I almost feel disrespectful in thinking that such a trip could give me an understanding of a place. With my most recent trips, I make it a point of planning far in advance so that I can see as much as possible. Jam-packed days, sore feet and large camera rolls often result but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It isn’t too hard to find wonderful travel resources such as TripAdvisor or Tripomatic. I recently discovered Tripomatic – not only does it show and describe main attractions, but it allows you to organize your itinerary based on day and location. I would highly recommend! In case these resources aren’t your thing, I compiled a guide of what to see in Berlin.
East Side Gallery
One of the most iconic sights of Berlin, the East Side Gallery is a bit of what remains of the Berlin Wall. The wall space has since become an art gallery depicting murals about freedom, humanity and dreams about the world. The Gallery consists of so many murals from different artists from all around the world. It truly exemplifies the belief in unity that its murals taught.
Berliner Dom is a grand church in Berlin. Located near Alexanderplatz, it is centrally located and supposedly has a wonderful view of the city from its top. It was unfortunately was closed on our visit but we stilled enjoyed looking at the grandness of the Church. Compared to other churches, Berliner Dom may not be anything spectacular but I particularly loved finding its specifically German elements. If you are visiting Berlin, I would try to visit when the top is open in order to get the most out of your ticket.
Berlin Wall Memorial
The Berlin Wall Memorial is a must-see. Not only can you climb its tower for the best view of the city’s skyline, but it also has a wonderful “Ghost station” exhibit in the train station. We wandered around a bit to find this exhibit but it was quite literally located in the U-Bahn station. The U-Bahn station was a “ghost station” meaning that it had closed when East and West Berlin became separate. Instead of functioning as a metro station, it became a dangerous space where people attempted to escape.
What unsettled me most was the fact that the station now operates as a functional U-Bahn station. I could not help but feel haunted about the eeriness of the station – and what it once was to East and West Berliners. After finding the exhibit, follow the normal Berlin Wall Memorial. When we visited, it was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall and the path of the wall was lined entirely by white balloons.
A beautiful, heavy, reflective space. I feel that words are not too necessary to describe the importance of this site. If you can, take the time to go through the museum underneath the memorial. It may cause you to wait in line but I think it was worthwhile. We visited during the golden hour, which allowed for the most beautiful light.
Noticeably missing from this list are the Jewish Museum and Topography of Terror. We visited both but out of respect for the spaces, I refrained from taking pictures. Other important Berlin landmarks like Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Victory Column, the Tiergarten and Gendarmenmarkt are must visits! Most are located near what I like to refer to as “Berlin’s center” and can be seen simply from site alone.
Berlin treated us so well for our 4 days. It was even more special that we visited on the 25th anniversary. Have you ever been to Berlin? Or explored any other parts of Germany? I’d love to hear.