Berlin as the capital of Germany is rich in history. This is evident in its various architectural treasures that are scattered all over the city. Aside from eating local delicacies such as wurst and drinking Berliner beer, you can spend your time as a tourist exploring these historical heritages. However, you might suddenly feel overwhelmed with various architectures to see. Here are some suggested places to visit:
Murdered Jews of Europe Memorial
This was opened to the public May, 2005 and is near downtown Berlin. The added bonus is that it is so near the public transportation that you won’t really miss it. This architecture can best be appreciated during summer because it showcases a beautiful garden. There are also stories and histories on the Jewish victims of World War II with photos.
St. Nicholas Church
The St. Nicolas Church is many centuries old dating back to 1307. If you visit this church, you will see a portion of the old church. This was rebuilt later after bombs hit it during World War II.
East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is an architectural testament to a divided Berlin in the past. It is considered to be a painful past because the Berlin wall is witness to many people who have tried to cross it from communist eastern Berlin to capitalist western Berlin and then died. The East Side Gallery is the name given to the longest stretch of what remains of the then Berlin Wall. It shows artworks with bright colors, and emotional and political statements.
If you prefer to see how the royalty lived in the past in Berlin, you might be interested to see architecture in Berlin called Charlottenburg Palace. It showcases Baroque architecture, which makes it a must-see.
You can explore the palace even without a guided tour and see the grand rooms. However, you might want to read on background information or if not, you can join a tour. There are so many treasures revealed in a tour. It is also suggested that you pick up some information sheet on the lobby, which is available in many languages. Unfortunately, the tour is conducted in German.
Berlin’s history is reflected in its architecture. Although many of these are sadly destroyed during World War II, conscious efforts have been made to restore and rebuilt the glorious Berlin architecture of the past. This is evident in the various churches and buildings scattered around the city.