These Three Things – Berlin

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on February 1st, 2011

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’s capital city that you may want to add to your list of things to do and see:

Museumsinsel (Museum Island) РExactly 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 – Displays the Collection of Classical Antiquities’ 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.

Fernsehturm (TV Tower) – Located in Berlin’s city center is the TV Tower.  Visitors will be taken up 669 feet in a matter of 40 seconds, where they can enjoy seeing Berlin from a birds eye view.  (On a clear day, visibility can reach 25 miles!) Once you’re that high up, you might as well go a little further and head upstairs for an meal in the revolving café.  This is one of the most unique and unforgettable ways to see all of Berlin!

Tiergarten РThe 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?

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