Five Things You Must See on a Visit to Berlin

By: Rufus Fitzgerlad


The capital of Germany, Berlin has a rich history. It is strewn with sites of significant historical events, and a great deal of architectural grandeur. There are many things to do and see in Berlin that include eating, entertainment, drinking and sightseeing. If you are going to Berlin for sightseeing, there are five things you must not miss.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: This memorial was opened to the public in May 2005. It is conveniently located near downtown Berlin and has an easy access to public transportation. It is a reminder of the atrocities done to people during the Second World War. It dauntingly reminds us that the same could happen again if we forget the screams of past.

East Side Gallery is a mile long stretch of the Berlin Wall still in tact. It is covered with artwork and many emotional and political statements that evoke powerful feelings. There are many colors that stand out boldly against the surrounding cityscape.

Charlottenburg Palace. This palace is a stunning example of Baroque architecture. The grounds are delightful as well. Built in the late 17th Century as the summer residence for Sophie Charlotte. While a guided tour is not necessary to see some of the opulent rooms, to see all of the splendid sights, a tour must be taken. The tours are in German, but information sheets in other languages are provided.

St. Nicholas Church: This old church has dauntingly faced the trials of time. It has witnessed several historical events leaving their mark on it. It was here that the agreement to unite Berlin and Colin into Berlin was signed in 1307. Over the time several changes took place in its structure. Presbytery and two ornamental towers were added to it but they were destroyed in the Second World War and were not restored to remind us all of what havoc wars can cause.

Brecht Weigel Museum: It displays the grand history of the Berlin theatre. It was originally the home of the famous playwright Bertolt Brecht and his actress wife Helen Weigel. It showcases the history of Berliner Ensemble, an 'epic theatre' company and displays vast information about the Berlin theatre through numerous manuscripts, and collection of printed works. It also features The Keller, a small restaurant located downstairs, good for catching a quick bite.

Potsdam's Gardens. These gardens are not actually located in Berlin, but are located not too far from the city, only about 25 minutes away by the S-Bahn (the train), in a town called Potsdam. There are many beautiful gardens to see, and the day can be spent relaxing and enjoying the beautiful sights and fragrant smells.

There is plenty more to see in Berlin, but there are some things, of historical and cultural value, as well as near Berlin, that should just not be missed.

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