Churches

Berlin is also known for its churches aside from its history and modern lifestyle. If you have been roaming around Europe looking for old churches, you might find there some interesting ones.

Berliner Dom

It is one of the city’s attractions because of its neo-baroquearchitecture. Its founders built it in 1905 but then the bombs destroyed it during World War II. It was later reconstructed and opened again in 1993 for tourists. There are the Sermon Chapel, the Christening and Marriage Chapel and the Royal Crypt inside it. There is also a museum and a Dome tour where you can see the city center. Entrance to the church costs 5 euros for adults, 3 euros for students and is free for children.

Französische Friedrichstadtkirche

The second must-see Berlin church is the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche, the oldest building in the Gendarmenmarkt. It was built between 1701 and 1705 for the Huguenots or the French Protestant refugees who had found asylum in Mark Brandenburg after 1685. World War II then destroyed the church, later reconstructed in 1977. Today, both the Huguenot and the Evangelical Friedrichstadt community are using this church.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche

Franz Schwechten built this Protestant Church for the first Hohenzollern emperor between 1891 and 1895. The church was bombed during the war but visitors can still see the remains of the elaborate decorations. Today there is a new church constructed by Egon Eiermann which faces this structure. Its interior is known for its atmosphere of peace and meditation, especially due to the intense blue light falling through the concrete windows. The altar also shows the figure of Christ and the Stalingrad Madonna.

St.-Hedwigs-Kathedrale

It is considered to be the first Catholic church in Berlin. It was built from 1747 to 1773 under Friedrich II. Reconstructed from 1952 to 1963, they later added a Dome. Then they also modernized the interior. In the Lower Church you can see a copy of the Pietà by Michelangelo, a Station of the Cross by Josef Hegenbarth and a memorial chapel for the victims of the Third Reich.

Except for the Berliner Dom, you can go inside these churches for free. You can check online on what time and days these churches open.