When taking a trip to Berlin, there are always a few stops on the itinerary that you can count on.¬† The Brandenburg Gate, what is left of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie are a few things that are likely to be on your list of places to see.¬† (Of course, you must visit the aforementioned sights while in Berlin; they are of extreme historical importance.)
Here are some other interesting spots in Germany‚Äôs capital city that you may want to add to your list of things to do and see:
Museumsinsel (Museum Island) – Exactly what its name is translated to be, Museumsinsel is an island in the River Spree with an impressive complex of museums. ¬†The museums located on Museumsinsel are:
Pergamon – contains a collection of Islamic and Classical antiquities and the Pergamon Altar
Altes ‚Äì Displays the Collection of Classical Antiquities‚Äô Greek Collection on the 1st floor and temporary exhibits on the 2nd floor
Altes Nationalgalerie- exhibits a collection of 19th century art, mostly German and French Impressionists
Bode – home to Byzantine and Antique sculptures dating from the Middle Ages and later
Neues- Recently reopened after having been closed for decades, the Neues Museum showcases Early History and Egyptian artifacts and collections (among these is the bust of Queen Nefertiti)
This complex was added as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Tiergarten – The largest inner city park in Berlin is the Tiergarten (translated to Animal Park). ¬†Picturesque gardens, tree-shaded sidewalks and a large playground draw both visitors and Berliners by the hundreds.¬† At Tiergarten, you will be able to see the Victory Column and visit the Berlin Zoo. (Opened in 1844, it is the oldest zoo in Germany.) Visiting Tiergarten is a good way to get in a number of sights in just one stop!
Have you been to Berlin?¬† What were your favorite stops?