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Culture of Berlin. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Berlin Cathedral Each district of Berlin is full of different monuments and sights, each of which is unique and may be very interesting to curious travelers. The eastern part of the city is the location of the so-called Museum Island (Museumsinsel). This place has always been a magnet for fans of art for many years. There is a large variety of museums on the island. The most famous are Pergamon Museum, the Old and New museums, Bode museum and Old National Gallery.
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Local cultural institutions usually feature large collections of historical and archaeological artifacts, works of art and national costumes. Unter den Linden Boulevard also deserves your closest attention as many notable architectural sights are located along it. During the walk guests will see Humboldt University, Palace of Princess, Brandenburg Gate, Palace of Crown Prince, Berlin Cathedral, and the world famous Adlon hotel. Each of these buildings is considered a valuable historical attraction; many of these buildings have been turned into museums and art galleries.
Fans of long unhurried walks should visit the park named Great Tiergarten (Großer Tiergarten). There are also some places of interest on its territory. These are Church of St. Matthew, one of prominent religious sights of this place, and a famous historical monument - Victory Column. Walk to the middle of the park, and you will reach a beautiful area called Big Star. There is one more park near the city center. This is Treptower Park mostly famous for its memorial cemetery, where are buried the Soviet soldiers who fell in World War II. You will see numerous interesting monuments installed in the park. The majority of them are the reminders of the tragic events of the war. The suburban areas of the German capital are also full of various attractions and places of interest - Tegel Palace, Pankow Town Hall, Marzahn Village, and a beautiful Weisser Zee Lake – visiting at least a part of those remarkable places would be interesting to any tourist. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Among the places worthy of visiting are those that are reminiscent of the Soviet times of Germany’s Capital such as DDR Wachturm, the last surviving tower separating the border between West and East Berlin, the Monument to the victims of the war in Treptower Park, and the Russische Botschaft remarkable for its existence since 1837. The building is surrounded by a fence, as if symbolizing the “Iron Curtain”. Fichtebunker is interesting from the point of view that during World War II it was used as an air-raid shelter, hence, lovers of military history should be sure to pay it a visit. Also interesting is the part of the history of the Berlin Wall called Grenz- und Geisterbahnhöfe.
Berlin Reichstag It is impossible to imagine a walk through Berlin without visiting the extremely popular places where the “shopping life” of the city resonates, namely, Kurfurstendam and Alexanderplatz. Almost all of the most famous sights of Marlene Dietrich’s hometown are gathered here, on these two squares. They include; the Rotes Rathaus, Berliner Fernsehturm, Neptunbrunnen, Marienkirche. Another interesting tourist area is called Viktoria-Luise-Platz. It is a very pleasant place to conduct a walk, especially with your partner, as the place is regarded as some kind of romantic island in this historical city that keeps its secrets. Movie fans should be able to recognize Tierheim, a building constructed in the 1990s, by Dietrich Bangert. It was here that some scenes from the movie “Eon Flux” were shot.
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The modern Sony Center will surprise everyone not only with its exterior, but also with its interior. It is a futuristic place that attracts architecture lovers, who come here to appreciate this unique and impressive structure, which is built in the form of a triangle. It is not every day that one comes across such a rare architectural masterpiece as this. In the evening, the building is displayed beautifully with lights, such that you can even see all the details of the structure. For lovers of panoramic views, it would be a worthwhile experience to climb the Flakturm III Humboldthain, from where the beautiful city landscape opens up. Among the interesting cathedrals worthy of note is the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, a memorable place notorious for the tragic events that occurred here.
La Potsdamerplatz (Berlin) There is a place for mystical lovers. First and foremost is the Teufelsberg, an observation deck, located on an abandoned military base. It is at once striking, with its unsurpassed ambience. It will be sure to captivate you not only with its surrounding landscape but also with the architecture of the military base, in which this “Devil’s Mountain” is located. Another place shrouded in mystery is Heilstätten. This place is home to a sanatorium, a clinic for tuberculosis patients, and a military hospital. It is a historical place that has witnessed many important events.
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Reichstag building, Berlin

» The Reichstag building symbolizes Germany; quadrangular base represents four areas of Germany, and the dome emblematizes the unity of the imperial power.
» Reichstag is not only the building, where the German Parliament sits. The museum houses the modern art collection, which is one of the most important in Germany.
» The Reichstag is connected with other parts of the parliamentary complex by underground corridors and bridges over Spree River.
» The Reichstag was restored after the World War II, but not completely. A part of the wall of the building was left in memory of the Soviet soldiers who come down to Berlin; there are inscriptions of the Soviet soldiers where they captured their memories.
» There is the mirrored cone in the center of the glass dome of the Reichstag. Bouncing off, the daylight falls into the plenary hall of the Bundestag.

Berlin Cathedral, Berlin

» Berlin Cathedral had never been a cathedral in the truest sense of the word, because Berlin has never been the seat of the Bishop of the Catholic Church.
» Initially this richly decorated building of the Silesian granite with a dome reached 114 meters. In 1945, the bomb hit the dome. The building hasn’t been demolished and almost 50 years it stood decapitated.
» There is the open crypt of the Hohenzollern dynasty, which represented 70 of the 89 surviving burials. The magnificent sarcophagus of the Great Elector and his wife Dorothea is among them. Prussian kings and princes are buried in the crypt.
» The pipe organ for the cathedral was built by the famous German organ master of the Romantic period, Wilhelm Sauer.
» Lustgarten Park is laid before the cathedral; its name is translated as the Park of Desires.

Zionskirche, Berlin

» Zionskirche is the Protestant church known largely due to the fact that Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the theologian and the member of the anti-Nazi conspiracy, was its pastor.
» The name of the temple is directly associated with the name of the south-west of the hill in Jerusalem, on which stood the fortress city. This hill is also known as Mount Zion; that’s the symbol of Jerusalem and the whole Holy Land.
» King William I of Prussia established a Fund for financial support for the construction of new churches as gratitude to God for the fact that he managed to avoid assassination. This fund of 10,000 thalers was allocated for the construction of Zionskirche.
» During World War II Zionskirche was severely damaged; almost all church floors, altar and windows in the chancel were destroyed.
» In summer months Zionskirche is open to visitors. On Sundays in the afternoon, you can climb the tower, where there is an observation deck at a height of 22 meters with a good view of Berlin in three directions. Vaulted ceilings over the main space of the church are clearly seen from the top.

French Cathedral, Berlin

» French Cathedral was originally conceived as a church for the Huguenots, refugees from France. Their number at the beginning of the 13th century was about a quarter of all the inhabitants of Berlin.
» The building is called cathedral, although there never was episcopal liturgy.
» The building was heavily damaged during World War II, but later it was completely restored.
» Currently French Cathedral is not only the single place of the convocation of the Evangelical church of the whole of Germany, but also one of the most important monuments.
» The tower built by Gontard and Unger features a viewing platform. This is where you can see the historic center of Berlin in all its glory.

St. Hedwig Cathedral, Berlin

» Cathedral of St. Hedwig is the Roman Catholic cathedral located on Berlin's Bebelplatz Square. That’s the main Catholic church in Berlin, the center of the Catholic episcopate and residence of the Archbishop of Berlin.
» It was necessary to propose numerous Catholic immigrants who arrived in Berlin, especially from Silesia, a place to worship, so the cathedral was dedicated to St. Hedwig Silesian.
» The Cathedral of St. Hedwig has been burned to the ground in 1943 during air raids on Berlin and was completely rebuilt lately.
» It took a long time from 1747 to 1773 to build the cathedral, as construction was delayed because of lack of funds. Donations were collected all over Europe.
» Under the cathedral there is the crypt that sometimes serves as a baptistery and confessional. It also served as a place for the burial of the Berlin archbishops and Catholic martyrs who died during the Nazi period.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Berlin

Reichstag
Where: Platz der Republik 1, Berlin; Telephone: +49 (0)30 2273 2152; More info: (tiergarten);
Museuminsel
Where: Bodestraße 1-3, Berlin;
Alexanderplatz and the TV-tower (Fernsehturm)
Where: Panoramastr. 1a, Berlin;
Brandenburger Tor
Where: Pariser Platz (Mitte), Berlin;
Schloss Charlottenburg
Where: Spandauer Damm, Berlin;
The Berlin Wall
Where: Mühlenstraße, Berlin;
Jewish Museum Berlin
Where: Lindenstraße 9-14, Berlin; Telephone: +49 (0)30 2599 3300;
Neue Nationalgalerie
Where: Potsdamer Straße 50, Berlin; Telephone: +49 (0)30 2664 23040;
Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Where: Niederkirchnerstr. 7, Berlin; Telephone: +49 (0)30 254 860;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Berlin
♥   Palace 'Reich Chancellery' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Crown Prince’s Palace' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Stadtschloss' Berlin, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Bellevue Palace' , 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Charlottenburg Palace' , 6.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Glienicke Palace' , 22.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Babelsberg Palace' Potsdam, 23.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Berlin and around
♥   Art museum 'Friedrichswerder Church' Berlin, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Neues Museum' Berlin, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Bodemuseum' Berlin, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Altes Museum' Berlin, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pergamonmuseum' Berlin, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Berlin. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Berlin: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Berlin. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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