5 Landmarks of Berlin Worth Seeing at Least Once in a Lifetime
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5 Landmarks of Berlin Worth Seeing at Least Once in a Lifetime

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a tourist attraction that cannot be missed if you visit Berlin. It was built in 1791 and was one of the first gates of Berlin. Currently, it is the best-preserved gate. The neoclassical triumphal arch served as a border crossing between East and West and later became an integral part of the Berlin Wall. Today, the Brandenburg Gate represents a symbol of unity rather than division – a new era in the city's history.

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall is one of the symbols of the Cold War. It was built in 1961 by the government of the German Democratic Republic to prevent the escape of East Germans to West Germany. The wall was demolished after 28 years. Its fall on the night of November 9, 1989, led to the reunification of East and West Germany a year later. Only a fragmentary part of the 160 km wall remains today, known as the East Side Gallery due to its murals.

Museum Island

If you want to visit museums, Museum Island is the best place because it was designed as a sanctuary of art and science. Museum Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Initially a residential area, in 1841 the northern part of the island was dedicated to science and art by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, resulting in the establishment of Museum Island. Currently, there are 5 museums located on Museum Island.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie is another symbol of the Cold War; in the past, it was a border crossing point between East and West Germany. Evolving into a symbol of the US-USSR confrontation, Checkpoint Charlie became the most famous crossing point in Berlin. The area has now been transformed into a museum. Thousands of people visit this unusual place during the day – a mixture of a fairground and an open-air historical workshop.

Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most famous markets in Berlin. In the square, you can admire the Concert Hall, where the Berlin Symphony Orchestra performs, as well as the German and French Cathedrals. At Christmas, one of the best Christmas markets in Berlin opens at Gendarmenmarkt. There are many cafes and restaurants with delicious food in the market area.

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