While heartbreaking, sites commemorating the Jewish experience in Germany are indispensable stops on a trip to Berlin. The city has three major sites: the Topography of Terror, the Memorial to Murdered Jews and the Jewish Museum. All three are powerfully designed and pay tribute to the people that lost their lives during the Holocaust, as well as portraying German accountability.
Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2545090
Memorial to Murdered Jews, Cora-Berliner-Strasse 1, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2639430
Jewish Museum, Lindenstrase 9–14, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 25993300
Mauer Park, close to the Berlin Wall Memorial, is a city highlight every week. It combines clothes and food stalls with countless live music shows from Berlin’s best buskers. The flea market and food court near the wall between Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding attracts up to 40,000 visitors each Sunday.
Mauer Park, Bernauer Strasse 63–64 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 29772486
Dubbed the cultural capital of the world, Berlin is renowned for its art scene, and one of its modern landmarks is the golden swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963. Have some spare change? Book to see one of the world’s greatest orchestras playing on its incredible stage—but a simple visit to the building will be rewarding on its own.
This impressive dome structure made entirely from glass and steel, renovated by British super-architect Norman Foster, is home to the German Parliament. The rooftop terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building are open to the public and offer spectacular views of the parliamentary and government district of Berlin. Book a visit online.
Tempelhof, the former airport and epicentre of the Berlin Airlift of the late 1940s, is a special place with open skies and a humbling vastness in an otherwise dense, crowded city. Now its abandoned landing strips provide smooth terrain and a truly unique experience for cyclists and urban gardeners.
Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhofer Damm, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 7009060
In the middle of Treptower Park lies the Soviet War Memorial, another enormous vision of the city’s turbulent history. Its size and sentiment make it quite an arresting sight. Supposedly, earth was shipped from the USSR so that the 5,000 Red Army soldiers buried here could be laid to rest in their home soil.
Soviet War Memorial Treptow, Puschkinallee, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 25002333
The 18th-century Brandenburg Gate is another symbol of German reunification and is undoubtedly the city’s signature attraction. Built in 1791, the decorative Pariser Platz was at the foot of the gate and is now home to many of the city’s important buildings, including the Hotel Adlon the Academy of the Arts (Akademie der Künste).