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A trip to Berlin wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Reichstag, East Side Gallery or the city’s iconic TV Tower. The German capital’s must-visit attractions encompass world-class museums, poignant street art and awe-inspiring architecture.
Tourist attractions get a bad rap – they can be expensive, corny and, worst of all, crowded. But in Berlin, with its rich and turbulent history, the prime attractions offer the opportunity to learn about the city’s complex past in engaging, dynamic ways – from Prussian palaces and the World War II years to the Cold War and beyond. And that’s before even mentioning Berlin’s world-class collection of museums, which head much further back in time. However, don’t think you need to spend your vacation time waiting in queues as many of these attractions can be booked online, meaning you can go straight to the heart of the action, sometimes even with an expert guide.
Berlin’s original national gallery, established in 1861, is a haven for art lovers. Inside the imposing building is an incredible collection of works spanning from Neoclassicism and Romanticism through to French Impressionism and early Modernism, including pieces by Manet, Monet and Cézanne. Given that it’s one of the country’s largest collections of 19th-century artwork, people do tend to queue for it – skip right past them with this skip-the-line ticket.
Opened in 2001, Europe’s largest Jewish museum is an important part of Berlin’s Jewish heritage and a must-stop for any visitor to the city. Not only is its comprehensive walk through Jewish cultural history fascinating and sobering, but interacting with Daniel Libeskind’s architectural addition to the museum is a powerful part of the experience. Get the most out of your time at the museum by stopping there as part of a guided tour.