21. Berlin  GERMANY   | Total Sights: 100+ | Nickname: Europe’s Biggest Building Site

 

 

 

 

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Berlin

Germany  The German capital Berlin with a population of approximately 3.7 million is a very creative and vibrant city, which possesses a lot of modern architecture like the Sony Center or the fantastic glass cupola of the Reichstag but also a few historic buildings and wonderful museums.

The traces of Berlin’s history as a divided city can be found throughout the city.

However, Berlin has emerged from its dark past and become one of the most forward-looking centres of culture in Europe.

 Berlin scores decent in almost all of the categories and very high in nightlife and sights

 There are only very few pedestrian zones in Berlin. Because of the cities spread out nature, you will rely a lot on public transport.

Berlin is not a historical city since 90% of it was bombed down in World War II.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

7.65/10

6.5/10

5/10

3.75/10

7.25/10

6.25/10

6.75/10

5.5/10

5.5/10

7.75/10 [6th]

8.5/10

7/10 [3.7 Mio.]

193.45

B. Best Things to Do in Berlin (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 7.65/10.

Reichstagsgebäude (Reichstag building)  8
This majestic neo-Renaissance seat of the German parliament was renovated in 1999 and crowned with a  spectacular glass dome,  which was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster.

The walk through the futuristic dome, which is supported by a mirrored column, is stunning, climaxing in breathtaking 360-degree views of Berlin. Advance online registration is required.

Historic Building  (with climbable glass cupola)  Prebooking required

Things to do in Berlin | Best Cities | No. 23: Berlin | Reichstagsgebäude (Parliamentary buildings with glass cupola) Things to do in Berlin | Best Cities | No. 23: Berlin | Reichstagsgebäude (Parliamentary buildings with glass cupola)

#1 by Barry Plane / CC BY-SA 3.0

PERGAMONMUSEUM  7
This excellent museum, located on Museum Island on the River Spree its famous due its extraordinary historical reconstructions.

Highlights include the massive marble Pergamon Altar, the giant blue Ishtar Gate and the Umayyad Palace of Mshatta.

Museum  (World Heritage Site since 1999 [Museumsinsel], Highlight of the collection: Pergamon Altar)

by Radomir Vrbovsky / CC BY-SA 4.0

Gemäldegalerie (Kulturforum)  7
The Gemäldegallerie holds a remarkable collection of European paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

It is home to remarkable works by Caravaggio (“Amor Victorious”), Vermeer (“The Wine Glass”), Jan van Eyck (“Madonna in the Church”), Botticelli (“Virgin and Child Enthroned with John the Baptist and John the Evangelist”), Raphael (“Madonna col Bambino”) and Hans Holbein the Younger (“Portrait of the Merchant Georg Giese”).

Art Gallery

by  Caravaggio Miguel Hermoso Cuesta / CC BY-SA 4.0

Brandenburger Tor  6
Gate  (completed 1791, neoclassical style, height: 26 m)

Best Things to do in Berlin | Best Cities | No. 23: Berlin | Brandenburger Tor (gate)

Potsdamer Platz with Sony Center  6
Square

by NoRud / CC BY-SA 4.0

Charlottenburg Palace and Garden  6
Palace and Garden

Best Things to do in Berlin | Best Cities | Berlin | Charlottenburg (Palace and Garden)

Dom  6
Cathedral  (with magnificent views over the city from the dome's top, height: 98 m)

Jewish Museum of Berlin  6
Museum

by Tanweer Morshed / CC BY-SA 3.0

Zoologischer Garten (Zoological Garden)  6
Zoo  (Most famous animal: "Giant panda Bao Bao")

 NEUES MUSEUM  6
Museum  (Highlight of the collection: Nefertiti Bust, created 1345 BCE, World Heritage Site since 1999 [Museumsinsel])

by Philip Pikart / CC BY-SA 3.0

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Berlin

-Holocaust Memorial  5

-Fernsehturm (Television Tower, total 368 m, observation deck 207 m, 1969)  5

-East Side Gallery (section of the Berlin Wall) 5

-Nikolaiviertel (city district)   5

-Tiergarten   5

-AquaDom at Radisson Hotel (aquarium)  5

-Alte Nationalgalerie (museum)  5

-Neue Nationalgalerie (museum)  5

-German Historical Museum (museum)  5

-Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) (church)  5

-Altes Museum  (museum)  5

-Checkpoint Charlie Museum (museum)  5

-Alexanderplatz  5

-DZ Bank (modern building)   5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Berlin

PALACES AND PARKS OF POTSDAM (World Heritage Site since 1990, 38 km from Berlin)  7

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Berlin (including close-by excursions)

Reichstagsgebäude (Parliamentary buildings)  8
PERGAMONMUSEUM  7
  PALACES AND PARKS OF POTSDAM (38 km from Berlin)  7
 Gemäldegalerie (Art Gallery)   7
 Brandenburger Tor  6
 Potsdamer Platz with Sony Center  6
 Charlottenburg Palace and Garden  6
 Dom (cathedral)  6
 Jewish Museum of Berlin 6
 Zoologischer Garten (Zoological Garden) 6



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