Last summer, I visited Berlin, the capital city of Germany, with my family. Berlin is also known as “the grey city” but in my opinion, it was anything but! Berlin is a large city and for me, the best way to see it properly was to use the “Hop On Hop Off” buses. Berlin is a city full of history which is well explained by tour guides on these buses. My favourite sites to see were:
The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlins most famous landmark. It was once a symbol of a divided city but it is now a symbol of unity. The Reichstag building, where the parliament sits, is beside the Gate. It has a glass dome which is a symbol for government transparency. It’s free to enter but you need to have your tickets booked in advance! The Holocaust Memorial is to the south of the Gate. It consists of 2711 concrete slabs in a 200,000 sq ft sloping field and is a sobering reminder of the past.
Checkpoint Charlie was the most iconic crossing point between East and West Germany. Today a replica of the guardhouse from 1961 stands in its place. It’s a great place to take photos with actors dressed as guards! It’s a very busy spot but it was a bit of fun. The original guardhouse is in the Checkpoint Charlie Museum nearby.
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall which divided Berlin into East and West was taken down between 1990 and 1992. However, some of the wall still remains as a remainder. The longest remaining part of the wall is the East Side Gallery, which is 1.3 km long It is interesting to see as over 100 artists have painted on it. Around the city there are markings on the ground that show where the wall once stood. You can also tell what part of the city you’re in based on the traffic lights!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it helps you if you ever visit Berlin!
Have you ever been to Berlin? If so, let me know in the comments what your highlights were!