A thrilling journey into the fascinating world of spies in Berlin’s high-tech museum: Decipher a range of secret codes, negotiate the laser- beam obstacle course, see how secure your favourite password is, learn about Facebook and NSA and hack into your favourite websites.
This museum at the street Kurfürstendamm offers 800 years of history in an interactive manner in approx. 2 hours. Experience Berlin history as it was! A guided tour through an original atomic bomb shelter from Cold War is included in the ticket und lasts 30 min. A guide app for the phone is available on spot in 17 languages. Daily open for visitors.
Colourful on the outside, tasty on the inside. Experience the unique world of chocolate in a new way. In the heart of Berlin. Near Gendarmenmarkt. In an area covering almost 1,000 m² visitors can freely enjoy, discover and create. In our SchokoCafé you can enjoy our selected menu offerings all about chocolate. Explore the SchokoPfad to learn how our chocolate is created and everything else that you ever want to know about chocolate. At our SchokoKreation you can also create your own personal dream bar from exceptional ingredients, such as gummy bears or pink peppercorns. You will find many other RITTER SPORT gift ideas at our SchokoShop. Admission is free.
Show entertainment with these unique dimensions cannot be found anywhere else in Europe but at the Palast. Jean Paul Gaultier designed the over 500 daring and extravagant costumes. Recommended by the New York Times as "Must-See in Berlin". Tickets from € 19.80. Also suitable for international guests, who do not speak German.
Once the heart of the former East Berlin, Alexanderplatz is today the largest inner-city square in Germany and has developed into a popular shopping attraction. The view from the Television Tower, its height of 368 metres (1,207 ft) making it the tallest tower in Germany, is absolutely fantastic. A perfect 360° all-round view is provided by the revolving restaurant, which rotates at a rate of twice an hour.
It’s Berlin’s most famous landmark and became the symbol of overcoming the division of Germany once the Berlin Wall came down. From an architectural perspective, the sandstone structure, built by Carl Gotthard Langhans, is one of the most magnificent examples of German classicism. Nowadays the Gate serves as a backdrop for festivals, big sporting events or New Year’s Eve parties.
Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is located the Memorial for Europe’s Murdered Jews, a site of stelae (concrete slabs) arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field accessible from all sides. It serves as a central place of remembrance and admonition and is supplemented by an underground information centre, containing the names of all known victims and details on the places of horror. There is no charge for admittance.
An East German Trabant car, which appears to be breaking through the concrete. Honecker and Breschnew locked in a kiss of brotherly, socialistic love. With the East Side Gallery, a segment of the Berlin Wall has been turned into the longest open air gallery in the world. The Kunstmeile, or art mile in English, is located along the banks of the river Spree in Friedrichshain is 1316 metre long is also the longest segment of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. Right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery was painted by 118 artists from 21 dif-ferent countries. Using various artistic means, the artists commented on the political events that took place in 1989 and 1990 in over 100 works of art found on the eastern side of the wall.
Many Berliners believe that the Gendarmenmarkt is the most beautiful place in Germany and indeed in all of Europe. Well, however that might be, it really is a must-see for all visitors to Berlin. This is the case because the Gendarmenmarkt is a beautiful example of an architectural ensemble full of harmony and it includes both the French and the German cathedral as well as the Concert House.
The protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a memorial to peace and reconciliation. And it also stands for the will of the Berliners to rebuild their city during the period after the war. This is seen by the fact that the church not only consists of the ruins of the church which was destroyed during World War II but it also includes contemporary church architecture. It is thus a living contrast between modernism and history.
The Berlin Wall Memorial is a reminder for the division of Germany and imparts an oppressive impression of the Wall and the times of the division. Located directly at the former border strip in the Bernauer Strasse is a piece of the Berlin Wall with border strip and watchtower. Newly opened in 2009, the Visitor Centre is the first starting point for visitors, and offers information and orientation help on the extensive grounds. The viewable exhibit in the Documentation Centre shows the 1961 history of the Wall’s construction and the circumstances of the divided city. From the tower, one has an impressive view of the preserved parts of the border facility and the memorial in memory of the division of the city and the victims of communist tyranny.
The Jewish Museum Berlin is housed in the impressive new museum building designed by Daniel Libeskind.The zinc-coated zig-zag building is one of Berlin’s major landmarks. The permanent exhibition traces the high and low points of German-Jewish history from the end of the Roman Age to the present day.
After Museum Island, the Kulturforum is the second centre of art in Berlin: this is the home not only of the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery), the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Applied Arts) and other museums but also the Philarmonie (Philharmonic Hall) and the Staatsbibliothek (National Library). The Kulturforum is - beside the Museum Island - the most important centre for arts in Berlin. Many well-known and unique institutions are located here, including the New National Gallery, designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, and the Philharmonie and Chamber Music Hall as well as the Neue Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) and, last but not least, the Gemäldegalerie, which has one of the most important collections of old masters worldwide.
The five historical museum buildings on Museum Island have been part of UNESCO world heritage since 1999 and represent a collection that's unique in the world. The magnificent museum buildings on the island in the River Spree were each designed by famous architects of their time. Museum Island is home to collections in the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Bode Museum, and the Neues Museum (New Museum), as well as the Pergamon Museum. The exhibitions range from prehistory, to ancient times, to19th century art. More than three million people come to Museum Island every year.
Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous of the inner-German border crossing points and a name known the world over, was where Allied border guards registered members of the American, English and French Armed Forces (and their families) before they visited East Berlin. Right next to it is situated today the “Wall Museum - Museum House at Checkpoint Charlie”. The museum shows an almost incomprehensible number of original means and tools that people used in their escape out of the "DDR": from the hot-air balloon to the Trebant up to the chairlift.
The Nikolaiviertel is the place to experience the old Berlin, being the oldest residential area in the city. Containing the Nikolai Church from the 13th century, the typically medieval streets and numerous restaurants, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions for visitors to Berlin. The main attractions, in addition to the St. Nicholas church, include the Ephraim Palace, a masterpiece of palace architecture of the 18th century Berlin. Equally beautiful is the Baroque style Knoblauch house built in 1760, which offers insight into world of the upper middle class world through its rooms and valuable furniture.
In view of the colourfully spotlighted pavilion roof of the Sony Center and the many high-rise buildings around it, it’s difficult to imagine that Potsdamer Platz for a long time laid in the death strip of the Berlin Wall and was nothing but a desolate wasteland. In 1993, construction began on the DaimlerChrysler headquarters based on a master plan drawn up by the architects Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohl Becker. At the biggest construction site in Europe, a new urban centre arose from scratch in a period of just five years. Helmut Jahn's Sony Center was completed in 2000 and has a futuristic aesthetic in contrast to the DaimlerChrysler headquarters. In early 2004, the elegant Beisheim Center opened at Lenné-Dreieck .
The Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament. Between 1994 and 1999, the Reichstag was redesigned and expanded by the British architect Sir Norman Foster as a modern Parliament building while retaining its extensive, historical dimensions. From the accessible glass cupola you get a fabulous view of the city and German politics. Although it doesn’t cost anything to visit the cupola and roof terrace, registering the visit beforehand is absolutely essential due to the enormous interest.
The Charlottenburg Palace dome is one of Berlin's famous landmarks. The palace dates from 1695 and was built as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, Electress of Brandenburg and as of 1701, the first Queen in Prussia. Frederick the Great had the New Wing added in 1740 - 42. The interior contains amongst others the famous Porcelain Collection.
In a simple, but stylish industrial atmosphere of a studio in the Bötzow brewery, this is Berlin Michelin-starred chef Tim Raue’s third Berlin restaurant. Straightforward, uncomplicated but deliciously prepared dishes such as Königsberger Klopse (German-style meatballs) are on the menu, reflecting the works of art on display. Tim Raue was awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in 2013, an award which honours affordable restaurants.
Creative Mexican cuisine that goes well beyond the usual Tex-Mex. The ingredients come mainly from the region and are transformed with a South American touch into delicious dishes. Especially delicious are the homemade soft drinks with flavors such as lavender orange or mango coriander. On sunny summer days, the restaurant also has a terrace in its idyllic rear courtyard setting.
The Volt is located in Umspannwerk Kreuzberg, a former electric substation built in 1928 right on the idyllic Landwehr Canal. Chef Matthias Gleis carefully combines ingredients so that they complement each other while retaining their individual characters. Highly refined! Sample dishes include kohlrabi soup with curry and fried prawns and free-range chicken served with peas, chanterelles, carrots, and mace.
Awarded 2 stars by the Michelin Guide in 2009 and named one of the rising stars and discovery of the year. Awarded another Michelin star in 2012. The restaurant in the Edison Höfe combines haute cuisine with experimental avant-garde. Unmistakable is relaxed charm and the team’s authenticity.
Star chef Siegfried Danler serves his interesting and high-quality menus in the dining room and on the courtyard terrace, weather permitting. The dining room is reminiscent of the Golden Twenties in Berlin. The in-house rotisserie gives the meat a very special touch. And if you would like some of the side dishes or sauce, just ask.
The legendary Henne on Kreuzberg’s Leuschnerdamm is a real Berlin institution. Berliners love it especially for the best chicken in town. The oldest restaurant in the city has existed since 1621 and is now a culinary landmark. In a pub tradition going back more than a century, this was a place for persecuted Social Democrats to meet during the Nazi era and the guests watched the Wall be built right outside its doors.
The creators of the legendary SAGE club have created another highlight directly on the River Spree. Where else can you enjoy a chic dinner relaxing in a beach chair? The beach pavilion of the Sage Restaurant opens on its own sandy beach on warm summer nights. Despite its reputation as a trendy spot, there is no specific dress code: everyone is welcome. Whether it’s the waiters, the cooks or the furnishings—this restaurant is anything but conventional.
Experience the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans and try out any of the 100 varieties in one of the last private coffee roasters in Germany. The glass windows into the chocolate shop let you watch the master chefs make cakes and chocolate specialities and you can get your day off to a good start with breakfast in the café library.
This neighbourhood classic is centrally located on Potsdamer Straße. Founded in 2001 by Stefan Weber, the first barkeep at Green Door. “The Pleasure of Serious Drinking” is the motto on this island of stylish drinking culture filled nightly with a large fan base, including many artists and gallery owners. You can’t go wrong with the Green Victoria, a champagne-based cocktail.
The biggest karaoke and entertainment bar in Europe: You can celebrate, sing and dance here. 150,000 songs in 18 languages await you. The Caribbean-Asian flair, the mega techno, giant stage, menu, air-conditioning, exotic bars, performances and shows make the Green Mango unique.
Numerous shops line Friedrichstraße. There’s no need to travel to Paris to shop Les Galeries Lafayette, there’s a branch right here in Berlin, offering the best of France in its fine foods and fashion departments. Also worth a visit is Dussmann, which calls itself a department store for culture. You could hours here exploring the books and other media offered over several floors.
Kurfürstendamm, also called “Ku’damm” and Tauentzienstraße are Berlin’s most famous shopping streets for tourists in the western part of the city. The western end of Kurfürstendamm tends to be home to exclusive designers like Lagerfeld, Lacoste, and Tommy Hilfiger. Luxury brands such as Bulgari, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Gucci line the boulevard between Uhlandstraße and Adenauerplatz. while the quieter side streets in either direction off Uhlandstraße also offer plenty of charm. High-end boutiques offer an exclusive range of fashion and design in grand houses from more than a century ago, with many chic cafés and restaurants in the neighbourhood offering perfect spots for a break.
Not far from the Museum island and the cathedral, countless small shops are a perfect spot to take a break for some shopping. There’s something for everyone here and around the nearby Hackesche Höfe, from boutiques to designer stores and internationally known fashion chains. The cafés are also an ideal place to sit and watch the goings-on.
The looks of true fashionistas will most likely be found in the neighbourhood around Alte Schönhauser Straße and Mulackstraße, home to many designer flagship stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Just the right mix to make this neighbourhood a popular destination for a shopping trip.
Striking looks and vintage finds are on offer here in Kreuzberg. Vintage stores and young, fashionable boutiques plus a good share of junk and design shops. Bergmannstraße is anything other than your standard German shopping street. It is home to many cafés and restaurants and plenty of small shops. Oranienstraße, meanwhile, offers a creative mix of old and new.
This square has been a centre for shopping since the 19th century. The Galeria Kaufhof is one centrally located department store, as is Alexa, which contains a variety of shops, labels, and restaurants. Alexanderplatz also offers seasonal markets and events from Oktoberfest to Christmas markets, all under the shadow of the TV Tower.
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Berlin has two airports, each with excellent connections to the local public transport network. Schönefeld Airport (SXF) lies southeast of Berlin, approx. 18 km (11 miles) from downtown Berlin. It is connected to the S45 and S9 S-Bahn lines as well as regional express mainline trains departing in half-hourly intervals from the Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof stations. The Schönefeld Airport-Express departs from Spandau via Zoologischer Garten, Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof to Schönefeld. The journey from Hauptbahnhof takes about half-an-hour. Airport Tegel (TXL) lies in the northwest of the city, approx. 8 km (5 miles) from downtown Berlin. It has a close connection to the stadtautobahn (urban motorway) as well as local public transport services with the 109 and X9 bus routes to Zoologischer Garten, the 128 bus route to the northern districts of Berlin and the TXL bus route to the government quarter. Schönefeld Airport 12521 Berlin-Schönefeld +49 180-500 01 86 (0,14 € /Min.) Mainline railway station / IC connection about 300 m ( yds) / 5 Min. S-Bahn station: Berlin-Schönefeld Airport Airport Tegel 13405 Berlin-Reinickendorf +49 180-500 01 86 (0.14 €/Min.) N X9, 109, 128, Jet Express TXL More info, including on the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport:
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Before you go: Hotels.Tickets.Infos. Information available at www.visitBerlin.com or call +49 30 25 00 25. Berlin Tourist Info: Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) Pariser Platz south gatehouse daily 9.30am – 6pm* S+U Brandenburger Tor Europa-Center Berlin Tauentzienstraße 9 ground floor Mon–Sat 10am – 8pm S+U Zoologischer Garten U Kurfürstendamm, Wittenbergplatz Fernsehturm (TV Tower) Panoramastraße 1a daily 10am – 4pm* S+U Alexanderplatz Flughafen Tegel (Tegel Airport) Terminal A, Gate 1 daily 8am – 9pm B 109, 128, X9, TXL Schönefeld Airport Tourist-Information Berlin-Brandenburg Terminal A Mainhall, ground floor, right hand daily 7am – 10.30pm S Airport Schönefeld Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) entrance Europaplatz, ground floor daily 8am – 10pm S+U Hauptbahnhof BBOXX at Berlin Central Coach Station (ZOB) Masurenallee 4-6 14057 Berlin daily 10am – 6pm S + U Messe Nord / ICC U Kaiserdamm *Extended opening hours April to October. Web: www.visitberlin.de/en/plan/on-site