Top 7: Tourist attractions and activities in Berlin

Berlin has many attractions for tourists. It is indeed the place to learn and understand more about history.

1. Berlin Wall traces

As a divided city for almost 30 years (13 August 1961-9 November 1989), Berlin Wall divided the city into East and West Berlin.

You can find the Wall remains and memorial sites across the city.

According to Visit Berlin, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall is at the East Side Gallery. The wall was painted by 100 artists from 20 countries.

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
2. Berlin Wall Memorial

Located on Bernauer Strasse, the open air exhibition provides an information on the history of the division.

3. Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie is one of the former border crossings, located on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße.

It is mentioned on Berlin.de that Checkpoint Charlie was used as the main entry and departure points for diplomats, journalists, and non-German visitors. Furthermore, US and Soviet tanks had a close encounter at the checkpoint in October 1961 when J.F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev’s tanks faced each other in a scary moment feared as a possible lead up to another World War.

Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie
4.  Tempelhof Airport

One of the first airports in Germany, Tempelhof Airport was often called the ‘City Airport’.

The airport played a significant role during the Berlin Airlift in 1948-1949.

This place was used as a shelter during the war. Some children stories and pictures were painted on the wall in the basement for children taking a refuge there.

5. German’s Resistance Memorial

The German’s Resistance Memorial Center provides the information about German’s resistance history. For more information, please see: German’s Resistance Memorial Center

German's Resistance Memorial
German’s Resistance Memorial
6. German Spy Museum

This is the place to find out about items used in spying. There are many interesting items and some interactive games for people to try. You can also read stories about popular spies in the museum.

Hidden cameras display

Hidden cameras display[/caption]

7. Brandenburg Gate

One of the important landmarks in Berlin, Brandenburg Gate is a must-visit place.

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
 
Some travel tips in Berlin
Hop on-hop off bus tour

Besides walking, doing a hop on-hop off bus tour is a great way to explore Berlin. For more information, please see: Hop on-hop off Berlin.

Transportation in Berlin

Berlin has a good transportation infrastructure. It is convenient to travel on bus, underground train (U-Bahn) or train (S-Bahn). U-Bahn and S-Bahn train lines are not connected. You just need to ensure that you get to the right train station.

Busses and trains come regularly. If you miss a train, you can just wait and you can hop on the next one.

Dining in Berlin

The food in Berlin is quite multicultural. There are German, Italian, Asian, and Indian food, etc, in the city. I would recommend two Bavarian restaurants that serve nice food: Gasthaus Alt Bayern, and Hopfingerbräu im Palais.

 

 

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