The 7 Best Sites to Visit in Western Berlin

Berlin | © Pixabay
Berlin | © Pixabay
Photo of Megan King
31 August 2017

Germany’s capital, which dates as far back as the 13th century, is one of the most sought after destinations for tourists and travellers alike. Imbued with cultural flair, Berlin is the centre of art, science, media and creativity in Germany. Thanks to its long history and pioneering outlook, Berlin is packed with must-see attractions and iconic landmarks. Here are some of the best from the west.

Botanical Gardens

Towards the southwest of the city, Berlin’s magical Botanical Gardens are a plant lover’s delight. The magnificent gardens are bursting with over 22 thousand species from Africa to Asia and everywhere in between, organised into impressive glass and steel greenhouses. Step into a lush tropical rainforest or admire the otherworldly cacti from the arid regions, in one of the most significant botanical sites in the world.

Inside the cacti and succulents greenhouse | © Megan King

Berliner Philharmonie

One of the most acclaimed concert halls in Europe, the iconic golden swoop-roofed Berlin Philharmonic is one of the city’s top attractions. Built in 1963, the architecturally and acoustically impressive building is home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Head to their website and take your pick of concerts, music festivals and special events on offer, or just admire the building from the outside.

Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Berlin, Germany

Victory Column

Located near Tier park, a little climb up to the top of the Victory Column will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views over the city. The 67m-high gilded structure topped with a golden statue was built in 1864 to commemorate Prussia’s victory against Denmark in the Prussian-Danish war. There’s a small fee to get to the viewing deck at the top, but it’s worth it, and there’s a spiral staircase leading you to the gold.

Großer Stern, Berlin, Germany

Tempelhofer Feld

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A classic excursion for any trip to Berlin, Templehofer Feld is the former airport of the GDR. Now the abandoned, vast open space is a playground for Berliners, who come to picnic, watch the sunset, cycle, jog and skate. There is also a beautiful community garden in the centre of the field which comes alive in spring and summer. Rent a bike for the full experience or grab a few beers and head to Templehof for a sundowner.

Hamburger Bahnhof

The Hamburger Bahnhof in one of Berlin’s premium museums. Focused on contemporary art by significant artists from Germany and abroad, its architectural setting in an old train station is also a sight to behold.

Old train station turned museum | © Nacho Pintos/ Flickr

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