Berlin, a modern and truly cosmopolitan city, 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 parks. The whole complex dates back to the beginning of the 18th century and a plaza surrounded by three historic buildings forms it: 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 hosts a Huguenot museum and a restaurant, and has also 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 go to, as you have three places to visit and see in just one trip.
The days when Germans were branded as heartless racists are long gone. In order not to forget just how far they’ve fallen in the past, there is the Holocaust Memorial. Made in memory of all the Jews that Hitler murdered 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 an “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, they reconstructed the small US military guardhouse, as well as a museum put up for you to see what Germany was like.
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most popular parks and monuments and it is usually 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 is now one of the most important of Berlin’s parks and monuments, standing for a unified Germany.
If you’re visiting Berlin you shouldn’t miss the Reichstag. It’s the second most visited attraction of the country, it was opened in 1894 but got seriously damaged in 1933, after being set on fire. The final reconstruction ended in 1999 and it had been realized by Norman Foster. By visiting the enormous glass dome, which was built to replace the original cupola, you can have an amazing overview of the city.