Berlin is the capital of Germany, the largest and the most populous city in Germany. It is one of the most visited by tourists’ city in Europe. Large number of attractions, museums and interesting events attracts tourists to Berlin.
Business and cultural events take place in the city throughout the year (congresses, conferences, business meetings). Many people come to Berlin to visit these events (politicians, businessmen and journalists).
Fans of nightlife, bars, discos and music will find in the city many interesting places for themselves.
Everyone can to find something interesting for himself in Berlin.
Places to visit in Berlin
There are many places in Berlin that can be interesting to tourists. The Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin TV Tower are well-recognized symbols of the city. The city does not have very ancient architectural monuments. The oldest buildings in the city are: St. Mary's Church, Berlin Cathedral, the Opera House, the Brandenburg Gate, the Red City Hall, the Reichstag building, the Palace of Bellevue. But there are many good museums.
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According to published in tourist guides information, there are more than 150 museums in Berlin. The most famous city’s museum center is the so-called “Museum Island”. Museum Island is the northern tip of the “Shpreeinzel” island on the Spree River. The nearest metro station is “Printsenshtrasse”. The Bode Museum, The Old National Gallery, The Pergamon Museum and others Here are located . Many popular museums, such as, the Egyptian Museum and Museum Dahlem, are located in other parts of the city.
Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum) is the most visited museum in Berlin. The museum contains collections of three museums: the Museum of Classical Antiquities (antique sculpture and architecture), the Museum of Islamic Art and the Museum of the Near East ancient history. Kept in the museum exhibits were found during excavations in Olympia, Samos, Pergamon, Miletus, Priene, Magnesia, Cyprus, Didyma. The museum was opened in 1930. After the Second World War, part of the exhibits was taken to the USSR and later partially returned to Germany.
Internet site of the state museums of Germany: www.smb.museum
The museum is located on the so-called Museum Island.
Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin.
Transport to the Museum Island in Berlin:
- U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
- S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Friedrichstraße); S5, S7, S75 (Hackescher Markt)
- Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
- Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)
The “Old Museum”
The “Old Museum” (Museum of Antiquities, Altes Museum) was built in order to give citizens opportunity to get acquainted with the works of art. Until 1845, it was called the Royal Museum (Königliches Museum). “Old Museum” is one of the most popular museums in Berlin. The museum collections displays art objects of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a collection of ancient coins. The museum building was constructed between 1823 and 1830 and is a landmark building in the neoclassical style. The museum is situated on Museum Island.
Address: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany.
The “New Museum”
The “New Museum” (Neues Museum) is one of the most popular museums in Berlin. The main themes of the museum are the history of ancient Egypt and ancient history. The museum has a collection of papyri, others related to the history of ancient Egypt exhibits, artifacts of the Stone Age and other interesting subjects for history buffs. The most famous exhibit of the museum is considered a bust of Queen Nefertiti.
The museum building was built in the period from 1843 to 1855 and subsequently suffered greatly during the war. The museum was reopened in 2009.
German Historical Museum
German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) is dedicated to the history of Germany from the first century BC to the present day. Historical Museum is one of the most popular museums in Berlin.
The museum is located at the following address: Unter den Linden 2, Berlin; Hinter dem Gießhaus 3.
The museum official website: www.dhm.de
The nearest stations:
- S-Bahn (train) station Hackescher Markt, Friedrichstraße.
- U-Bahn (underground) station: Französische Straße, Friedrichstrße, Hausvogteiplatz.
German Technical Museum (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, German Museum of Technology) has a large collection of exhibits that introduce the history of engineering and technology. The museum has expositions dedicated to the history of the railways, aviation, fleet, as well as the history of the computer invention. The museum is easily recognized by the plane placed on its roof (Douglas C-47 Skytrain).
- Address: Trebbiner Straße 9, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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The Bode Museum is located in the northern part of the Museum Island in Berlin. The museum was opened in 1904 and originally was called the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum. The museum was renamed the Bode Museum, in honor of the first Museum director Wilhelm von Bode. The museum has a collection of sculptures and a collection of works of art.
- Address: Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin.
- The nearest metro station: U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße).
Topography of terror
It is museum, exhibition and information center which tells about the crimes of the Nazis during the Second World War. The main museum themes: Topography of Terror (Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office), Berlin between 1933 and 1945.
Address: Niederkirchnerstraße 8, Berlin, Germany.
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The international airport of Berlin (Berlin Brandenburg International; BER). Berlin's new airport was scheduled to open in June 2012. The airport is located in Brandenburg, at a distance approximately 18 kilometers from the center of Berlin. After opening the new airport is scheduled to close airports Berlin-Schönefeld and Berlin Tegel. Airport is designed to serve 30-50 million passengers per year. The airport is connected to Berlin by railway. Railway station is located at the lower level of the airport terminal. From the railway station run trains to many cities in Germany and abroad: to Poland, Czech Republic. You can get to the airport from the Central station of Berlin.
Public transport connects the airport and Berlin. X7 and X11 buses run to airport from subway station U-Bahn Rudow. Bus X11 run from Lichterfelde-West and Dahlem. There are many other bus routes connecting the airport and Berlin.
“Business Park North” will be built near the airport. In business park will be all that is necessary for business and leisure travelers (hotels, restaurants, offices and shops). Near the airport is located a multifunctional exhibition center “Berlin Expocenter Airport” (opening spring 2012), which belongs to the exhibition center “Messe Berlin”. It hosts aviation exhibitions, such as ILA Berlin Air.
Tegel Airport (Flughafen Berlin-Tegel) is currently the main airport of Berlin. In EVI airport arrives majority of international flights from different countries. The airport is located to north-west of Berlin. You can get to the airport by bus, departing from the Alexanderplatz, Hauptbahnhof Zoo. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes. The international airport Tegel has no train station, so you should not try to get to the airport by train. In 2012 is planned to close Tegel Airport.
Berlin Central Station
Berlin's central train station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) is one of the largest and most modern railway stations of Europe. It is Berlin's main train station. Station serves nearly 2,000 trains and 350,000 passengers daily. Trains to many cities in Europe depart from the railway station. Station connected to subway line U55.
Address: Europaplatz, Berlin Tiergarten.
Which part of the city is the best for tourists accommodation? Public transport in Berlin operates very well. Despite this, it's best to stay in the area of the city where you plan to spend the most time. So that most attractions can be reached on foot.
According to many experienced tourists, it is best to choose accommodation in the Mitte district, which is located in the city center. In this case, many sights of the city will be near your place of residence. There are also good restaurants and nightclubs nearby too.
In the travel forums, Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf districts are also recommended for tourists.
Very often it happens that hotels at some distance from the center are significantly cheaper. In addition, not everyone loves when there are too many tourists nearby. Choose what suits you best.
You can find a good place to stay here (hotel, hostel, apartments).
Example of good hotels in the center of Berlin.
Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade. The hotel is located in the Mitte district, about 600 meters from the Tiergarten park. The hotel has a spa, a fitness room. The popular tourist bus number 100 stops nearby. The nearest metro station: Nollendorfplatz. Address: Lützowufer 15, Berlin, Germany.
Steigenberger Am Kanzleramt. The hotel is located close to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. The railway station is also nearby. The distance from the hotel to Berlin Tegel Airport is approximately 6 kilometers. Address: Ella-Trebe-Straße 5, Mitte, Berlin, Germany.