Berlin as the Hauptstadt or main city of Germany is home to various people with different cultural backgrounds. It has a multi-cultural flair, which is evident among the restaurants and bars, the cultural shows and the people around. It is also home to various museums and historical landmarks that boast of its rich historical heritage.
How to go around Berlin?
It is recommended that you take the public Berlin tour bus called Bus 100. It is a double-decker bus that departs several times per hour from the Zoologischer Garten train station and then ends at Alexanderplatz train station. There are many bus stops in between so you can hop off and then hop in again. In this way, you will be able to see the various city sights.
What to do before taking the tour?
Before you take the Berlin bus tour, you should visit the Zoologischer Garten first. It is one of the best zoos in the world with the largest varieties of animals from all over the world. It is also famous for its polar bear Knut, which is a fully-grown polar bear now. Admission for adults is 11 euros and 5.50 euros for children. You need at least a day to enjoy the zoo.
What are the places you will see?
After the zoo, you can take the Berlin bus tour where you shall pass the Emperor Wilhelm II Memorial Church, a neo-Romanesque structure built from 1891 to 1895 and then destroyed during World War II.
You will also pass the “Elefantentor” or the Elephant-Portal, which is a magnificent eye-catcher. This is only a copy of the original that was built in 1899 and destroyed during the war.
Afterward, the bus will head to Tiergarten, the central park of Berlin. You will notice the Victory Column in the middle of the park, which was built to remember the Prussian victories in the past. You can climb this for a small fee but you have to be physically fit since it consists of 285 steps. The reward is breathtaking once you are on to the top because you will the spectacular view of the central district of Berlin.
There are still many places that you will see along the route: The “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” (House of World Cultures), the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate which is the most visited attractions in Berlin and considered to be the symbol of Berlin, the Unter den Linden, the Bebelplatz and many more.
Overall, it will take you only 30 minutes to see an overview of all these historical places. The Berlin bus tour costs 2.10 euro and is valid for two hours.