There are so many things…
Things to do and places to see in Berlin, Germany that a first time visitor might have a hard time narrowing down the choices. Here are a few spots to make sure to put at the top of your “to-see” list.
The Brandenburger Tor
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most visited landmarks in Germany. This icon of Berlin has played a number of roles throughout the city’s 300-year history. It is unique in that it has been a symbol of both war and peace as well as one for the reunification of Germany. This is the location in 1989 where United States President, Ronald Reagan spoke the words: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
The Museums of Berlin
Since there are roughly 200 museums in the city, the hard part might be narrowing down just which museum to visit. The majority of the museums are home to important historical artifacts. One location houses the bust of Queen Nefertiti, while the museum of natural history houses the world’s largest complete dinosaur skeleton. Since each of the 200 locations hold interesting and significant artifacts, it is best to determine what you would like to see before heading out.
Perhaps one of the most interesting historical spots to visit while in Berlin is the famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. This checkpoint is the quintessential symbol of the Cold War. After the Berlin Wall was constructed in the early 1960s this was the location where the confrontation occurred between the United States and the Soviet Union. Next door to the checkpoint is a museum that is dedicated to telling the story of the checkpoint, including exhibits that feature some of the various escape vehicles that were used during the Cold War.
The East Side Gallery
After the Berlin Wall came down a number of famous artists created what is now the world’s longest open-air gallery. Over 100 paintings can be seen at this location. The wall, which is one kilometer long, is an intact section of the original Berlin Wall.