Berlin, while a modern and true cosmopolitan city in its own right, has no shortage of parks, squares, and monuments for the culture hungry tourist.
If you’re looking for Berlin parks and squares to visit, you can try these popular destinations:
The Gendarmenmarkt is easily one of the most beautiful of all the Berlin parks. The whole complex dates back to the beginnings of the 18th century, and is composed of a plaza surrounded by three historic buildings: The German Cathedral or “Deutscher Dom”, the French Cathedral or “Französischer Dom” and the Concert House or “Konzerthaus”.
The German Cathedral houses a museum of German History, while the French Cathedral is home to a Huguenot museum and a restaurant, and also has a viewing deck. The concert house, as the name implies is a venue for different kinds of concerts.
The Gendarmenmarkt is a very practical and economical place to visit, as you have three places to visit and see in just one trip. And traversing the open spaces between each structure is bound to give you a good workout as well.
The days when Germans were branded as heartless racists are long gone. And so that they never forget just how far they’ve fallen in the past, there is the Holocaust Memorial. Made in memory of all the Jews that were massacred in Hitler’s hideous quest for the domination of the “Aryan Race”, it is a place of somber reflection, for all to remember and appreciate the true value of peace.
2,700 rectangular blocks make up the most solemn and sober of Berlin parks, with a “Ort der Information” located beside the memorial to tell people the history of the Holocaust.
Another interesting Berlin monument for you to visit would be Checkpoint Charlie, which used to be the major crossing for people when there was still an East and West Germany. Now that the country is unified, the small US military guardhouse has been reconstructed, as well as a museum put up for you to see what Germany was like when it was still divided.
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most popular of Berlin parks and monuments, and is often the image used in postcards of the city.
Rebuilt with most of the city after the Second World War, the Gate used to stand for the separation of Germany into East and West, but after the wall went down, it now is one of the most important of Berlin parks and monuments, standing for a unified Germany.