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Plural, cosmopolitan and historical : this is Berlin, the capital of Germany and the largest urban center in the country. With so many attractions, it is one of Europe’s most unmissable destinations – no wonder it never stops receiving visitors from every corner of the world, regardless of the time of year. Moreover, we cannot deny the importance of the city to the history of mankind. It has been the scene of tough battles, rebuilding over the years until it prospered again.
If you like culture, history and diversity, you can be sure that Berlin is the ideal destination. But don’t worry, the German capital never stops and is full of kneipen (pubs), bars and clubs for those who don’t want a quality nightlife. There are also those tours that no one can miss when visiting the city.
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Get to know Reichstag Palace
This is certainly one of Berlin’s most sought-after sights, after all, the Reichstag Palace is nothing less than the seat of the German Parliament – and has experienced remarkable moments in the history of the country and the world. It was there that, in 1918, the politician Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the Republic in Germany.
In 1933, the building went into flames after Adolf Hitler came to power. The incident was used by the Nazis as a pretext to start a persecution of their opponents. As early as 1945, a Soviet Union flag was hoisted on what was left of its construction to symbolize the Allied victory over the axis in World War II.
Restored today, Reichstag Palace opens its dome and terrace for visitors free of charge . However, because of the high demand, you must make a schedule at least 2 days in advance through this site. If you are going during the summer, you can even get in the spirit of Berliners and enjoy the lawn in front of the building for sunbathing, relaxing, playing sports etc.
Visit the Holocaust Memorial
Those interested in World War II, besides the Reichstag Palace, have in Berlin a wide range of museums and monuments that contemplate this part of history, making the world never forget what happened at that time. This is the case with the Holocaust Memorial – which attracts and thrills even those who are not curious about it.
Located in the heart of Berlin, the Memorial to the Dead Jews of Europe (or simply Holocaust Memorial) was inaugurated in 2005 as part of the 60th World Peace Celebrations. The monument consists of 2,711 concrete blocks distributed in parallel rows under an undulating surface. They do not contain any text, photos or inscriptions.
The paths formed by the blocks cause an agonizing sensation to those who walk among them – which was precisely the intention of the architect , who wanted to “represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.”
In addition, there is also an underground room called the “Information Site”, which houses an exhibition with biographical details of the millions of relatives of Holocaust victims.
Go to the Berlin Wall
Impossible to go to the German capital and not visit the Berlin Wall, right? Built overnight in 1961, it is the symbol that, for 28 years, separated Germany between the East (socialist) and West (capitalist) sides. The wall was more than 150 kilometers long and a total of 300 observation towers – in which armed soldiers were ready to shoot anyone trying to jump aside.
Fortunately, in 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down, ensuring the reunification of the country. However, you can still visit some of its remains and enjoy shocking information about this time. Some of the places you can go to see what is left (or restored) of the wall for tourist purposes are:
- Memorial of the Berlin Wall: In the monument, you can not only see the reconstruction of a part of the wall, but also a watchtower. To guide the visitor, there are several informative panels;
- Topography of Terror: The site hosts a free and permanent exhibition on the horrors of Nazism. Since most of its surroundings have been preserved since its inception, visitors can see parts of the Berlin Wall. In addition, you can walk from there to Checkpoint Charlie – where there is a reenactment of the wall and lots of information;
- East Side Gallery: This is the largest preserved area of the wall (about 2 km), situated in an alternate region of Berlin where there are several famous ballads, as well as an amazing open-air gallery full of paintings.
Lovingly nicknamed Alex by Berliners, AlexanderPlatz is one of the largest and best known squares in the city. Stage of several historical films, today, the place is an important commercial center – bringing together markets, galleries, malls and restaurants for all tastes and pockets -. There, get ready to feel the best of the capital’s atmosphere: you’ll see the diversity of people and cultures, performances by street performers, etc.
Among the tourist attractions in the square is the Urânia-Weltzeituhr, a clock that shows the names of various cities in the world at their respective local times. You can also walk around Alex’s surroundings and also visit the Fountain of International Friendship and the Fernsehturm – Berlin’s tallest television tower, where you can buy a ticket, climb and get a great view of the city.