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  • Berlin
    • The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
    • Museum Island allow 1-2hrs plus museum visiting time - you could probably do 3 museums a day, and the Museum Pass allows free entry for 3 days.
      • Old Museum (Altes Museum) - Crown Jewels and other royal treasures
      • New Museum (Neues Museum) - Nefertiti
      • National Gallery
      • Bode Museum of antiquities - in particular, renaissance religious art works
      • the Pergamon with its spectacular reconstructed historic buildings from the Middle East
      • Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) with its fine collections of 19th-century paintings
    • Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie - allow 15-30min
    • Berlin skyline from rooftop 1)
    • Berliner Dom, James Simon Park 2)
    • Oberbaumbrücke, Universal Studios - Berlin's most beautiful bridge (sth-east) 3)
    • 17thC Charlottenburg Palace and Park - Berlin's oldest and largest Prussian estate
    • Unter den Linden - lime tree avenue from museum island to Brandenburg Gate, and see the Humboldt University, the State Opera, the State Library, the German Museum of History and embassies, allow 30-60min
    • The Gendarmenmarkt - one of Berlin's largest squares, is dominated by three large historic buildings - the Konzerthaus, the French Cathedral (Französischer Dom), and the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), allow 45min
    • Alexanderplatz is one of the busiest squares in all of Berlin - Socialist architecture, buskers, and nearby 14th century Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church) and Rotes Rathaus and Neptune Fountain allow 2hrs BUT area is known for pickpockets and bag grabbing thefts
    • The Rebuilt Reichstag
    • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church allow 30min
    • The Nikolai Quarter - the heart of the old city
      • Knoblauch House, built in 1760 and representative of the former homes of the city's wealthy Jewish merchants and tradesmen
      • Ephraim Palace, built in the 1760s and housing exhibits relating to Berlin's rich artistic and cultural history (be sure to visit its exquisite grand staircase)
    • Grunewald Forest
    • Grosser Tiergarten and the Berlin Victory Column in its centre
      • 600 acres forest gardens - allow 1-2 hours at this location for photos, just walking from one side to the next takes around 45 minutes, in addition for the Victory Column, 15-20 minutes if you’re not going to climb the tower if your going to climb the tower 1-1 ½ hours.
    • East Side Gallery - remnant of Berlin wall covered in graffiti
    • Hamburger Bahnhof - contemporary art
    • Jewish Museum
    • Teufelsberg eerie dilapidated buildings and street art and crazy acoustics inside the radomes; man made hill, the highest hill in Berlin - 12km west of Berlin - €15 (for the once-daily ‘history’ tour by squatters) 4), and nearby Olympiastadion
  • day trips from Berlin
    • Potsdam & Schloss Sanssouci, Dutch Quarter, and Babelsberg castle and park
    • Communist memorial at Treptower Park 5km south-east
    • Neue Heimat 14km south; part street food, part cocktail bar, part biergarten in a former railway depot, with artists performing live music and a pop-up market every Wednesday
    • Dresden & The Saxon Switzerland National Park
    • Hamburg
    • The Baltic Sea
    • historic small town of Brandenburg an der Havel
    • Frankfurt an der Oder on the Polish border 75min by train
    • Spree Forest, Lübbenau
    • Bayrischer Wald forest
    • grit of the Ruhr cities
    • the wild Nothern sea islands

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin


Dilapidated Teufelsberg and radomes


Olympiastadion Nazi architecture

Baltic coast line

  • Rostock
    • 230km north of Berlin (2.5hrs car, 3hr by 2 x trains)
  • Nienhagen 15km NW of Rostock
    • Gespensterwald coastal salt affected ghost forest 5)
  • Jasmund National Park
    • 130km east of Rostock (2hr drive)
    • famous for the largest chalk cliffs of Germany, the so-called Königsstuhl. These cliffs are up to 161 m high above the Baltic Sea. The beech forests behind the cliffs are also part of the national park.6)
    • Sellin
      • lovely pier at night 7)
  • Hamburg
    • “Wasserschlösschen”, located in the Hafencity in Hamburg 8)
    • Speicherstadt, river canals

south of Berlin

Dresden region

  • Dresden
    • 193km south of Berlin, 2.5hrs by car, 2hrs by train, and 2/3rds of the way to Prague from Berlin
  • Amselfallbaude nature park on Czech border, 3hr drive and 240km from Berlin


Bastei bridge


Görlitz - Saxony on the east border with Poland

central Germany

Gosler, 3hrs, 300km west of Berlin

berlin.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/21 19:49 by gary1

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