BERLIN – TOP ATTRACTIONS IN GERMANY’S CAPITAL
Berlin is Germany’s capital and largest city, as well as a major centre of politics, culture, media, and science. It is popular for its cultural flair, with the world-renowned Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as hundreds of galleries, events, and museums, including those on Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Berlin is a youthful, fashionable tourist destination with an eclectic combination of new and old architecture, lively entertainment, shopping, a diverse range of sports and cultural organizations, and art galleries. There’s a mountain of things to see and do in this incredible city so let’s start with a look at a few of Berlin’s wonders.
Berliner Fernsehturm: Berlin’s Television Tower
Despite its age, over 50 years old, the 368-meter-high Berliner Fernsehturm continues to entice visitors to Berlin. Since its inception in 1970, Europe’s third-tallest freestanding tower has attracted over 60 million tourists, the majority of whom are drawn by the breathtaking views it offers.
The monument, which was built to symbolize communism’s might, can now be seen from almost every corner of the city, making it even more significant as a symbol of the city’s reunification in the 1980s. Make a point of visiting the structure’s observation deck, and if you have the time, make a reservation at its 207-meter-high revolving restaurant.
The German Museum of Technology
The absolute must-see German Museum of Technology opened in 1983 with the goal of showcasing and celebrating Germany’s industrial and technological supremacy. This popular museum offers a variety of activities for kids and families, including viewing displays connected to the Industrial Revolution and receiving hands-on experience in a reconstructed workshop. A fascinating look at the vehicles that evolved alongside this development in mechanization can also be seen at the museum.
There are numerous vehicles and planes on show, including several surviving steam engines dating back to 1843. On weekends, you will be able to ride in a vintage 1930s train from the museum to its locomotive depot, which is quite a highlight.
Another area of interest is Tierpark Berlin. Stretching across 400 acres and housing some 7,250 creatures from 846 different species. Opened in the 1950s, it’s very nearly the equal of Berlin Zoo and is well worth a visit, especially if you’re travelling with kids. The stars of the zoo include elephants, polar bears, as well as a large herd of muskox. Visit the zoo’s website for more information including that of special kids’ programs, animal feeding schedules, as well as tours and unique wildlife experiences.
Also worth a visit if there’s time in your Berlin sightseeing itinerary is AquaDom, a vast 25-meter-tall aquarium that features an elevator in the middle to ensure a unique view of its marine inhabitants.