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Berlin Christmas Markets

Berlin Christmas Markets

The smell of candied apples and toasted almonds drives Berliners out of doors during the cold season into their city's Christmas markets. With more than 400 stalls at the weekends, the Christmas markets offer sensual concerts, unique handicrafts, and culinary delights from top chefs — the winter magic is in the air at the Gendarmenmarkt. A romantic Christmas market is held in Charlottenburg. The illumination of the castle and the castle park create an enchanting backdrop. Winter sports enthusiasts head to Winter World in Potsdamer Platz. At the Christmas market, you can go ice skating and sledging on the largest mobile toboggan run in Europe. If you feel a bit intimidated by the abundance if choice and want to have the smoothest introduction to Berlin's Christmas Markets — book a guided tour with several snacks and mulled wine included!
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East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

An East German Trabant car, which appears to be breaking through the concrete. Honecker and Breschnew locked in a kiss of brotherly, socialist love. With the East Side Gallery, a segment of the Berlin Wall has been turned into the longest open air gallery in the world. The open-air East Side Gallery is located along the banks of the river Spree in Friedrichshain. At 1316 metres, it's also the longest segment of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. Right after the fall of the Wall, this stretch was painted by 118 artists from 21 different countries. Using various techniques, the artists commented on the political events that took place in 1989 and 1990 in over 100 works of art found on the eastern side of the wall.
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Museum Island

Museum Island

The five historical museum buildings on Museum Island have been part of UNESCO world heritage since 1999 and represent a collection that's unique in the world. Each museum building on the island was designed by famous architects of their time. Museum Island is home to collections in the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Bode Museum, and the Neues Museum (New Museum), as well as the Pergamon Museum. The exhibitions cover prehistoric times, ancient history and 19th century art.
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Berlin Palace Humboldt Forum

Berlin Palace Humboldt Forum

The Berlin Palace on the Museum Island in the Mitte area of Berlin, was the main royal residence from 1443 to 1918. It was badly damaged during the Allied bombing in World War II, and was demolished by the East German authorities in 1950 to build the modernist East German Palace of the Republic. After German reunification and several years of debate, the Palace of the Republic was itself demolished and the Berlin Palace was constructed anew to house the Humboldt Forum museum. Today, the Humboldt Forum museum houses a rich collection of Asian art and craft objects dating from the 5th millennium BC through to the present day. Explore East Asian paintings and prints, lacquer objects and ceramics, the art and culture of the Silk Road, South Asian and South-East Asian art, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and much more.
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Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin

Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin

Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin, also shortened to Palast Berlin, is a gorgeous building and a brilliant piece of entertainment that cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. Jean Paul Gaultier designed the over 500 daring and extravagant costumes. The dazzling shows spark a mesmerising abundance of emotions: hope, happiness and a joy for life. Recommended by the New York Times as "Must-See in Berlin". Also suitable for international guests, who do not speak German.
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Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg Memorial

Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg Memorial

While Berlin is great for parties and long walks with friends, it is also a place where grand and terrifying political events took place. It's worth taking a half-day trip to get a sobering look at the Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg Nazi concentration camp. You will learn about the more than 200,000 prisoners that passed through the camp’s gates from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945. The camp mainly held political prisoners throughout World War II.
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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a beacon of peace and reconciliation. It stands for the will of the Berliners to rebuild their city during the period after the war. Most of the original structure was destroyed by a British bombing raid in World War II — all that remained was its gaping, ruined tower. The first plans to rebuild the church would have removed the crumbling tower completely. However, Berliners protested the demolition of the 70-meter (230-feet) belfry and the new modernist church buildings are centred around this piece of history.
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Jewish Museum Berlin

Jewish Museum Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin is housed in the impressive museum building designed by Daniel Libeskind. The zinc-coated zig-zag building is one of Berlin’s major landmarks. The permanent exhibition traces the high and low points of German-Jewish history from the end of the Roman Age to the present day. The museum is a must for architecture nerds, history buffs and anyone who wants to understand the enormous intellectual, economic and cultural contribution made by the Jewish citizens of Berlin.
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Reichstag

Reichstag

The Reichstag the glass-domed building that houses the Bundestag — the lower house of Germany's parliament. Redesigned and expanded by British architect Sir Norman Foster in the 90s, the Parliament building retains its extensive, historical dimensions, yet looks ultra-modern and airy. From the accessible glass cupola you get a fabulous view of the city and German politics. Although visiting the cupola and roof terrace is free, it is essential to book in advance — the Reichstag is immensely popular. To learn more about German political system and the daily life of the Parliament, you can book a 90-minute guided tour. Guided tours of the Reichstag Building are held in weeks when Parliament is not sitting.
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Wall Museum — Checkpoint Charlie

Wall Museum — Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous of the inner-German border crossing points and a name known the world over, was where Allied border guards registered members of the American, English and French Armed Forces (and their families) before they visited East Berlin. The "Wall Museum - Museum House at Checkpoint Charlie” is right next to this major tourist spot. The museum displays an incredible number of original means and tools that people used in their escape out of the GDR: from the hot-air balloon to a mini-submarine, plus plenty of real and fake travel documents.
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Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz

Looking at the vast pavilion roof of the Sony Center and the many high-rise buildings around it, it’s difficult to imagine that Potsdamer Platz for a long time was in the death strip of the Berlin Wall and was nothing but a desolate wasteland. These days, Potsdamer Platz is a major public transportation hub, as well as a centre for business, entertainment, culture and shopping. Here you'll also find an IMAX cinema and the German Film Archive — Museum of Film and Television in Berlin. Perfect destination after taking a mandatory pic next to the Brandenburg Gate.
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Nikolai Quarter

Nikolai Quarter

The Nikolai Quarter is a peculiar reconstruction of the way Berlin used to be before its destruction in Wold War II. The area was restored in the 1980s in preparation to Berlin's big 750th birthday. Stroll around the idiosyncratic mixture of reconstructed historic houses and concrete slab Plattenbau blocks, and discover some of the most famous traditional German restaurants and bars. The Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas’s Church), with its striking double spire, is the heart of the quarter. The Ephraimpalais, with its curved Rococo façade, is a masterpiece of 18th century Berlin palace architecture. Don't miss the Baroque architecture of the Knoblauchhaus, built in 1760.
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Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site of German division. Located directly at the former border strip in the Bernauer Straße is a 1.4-kilometre piece of the Berlin Wall with border strip and watchtower. The Gedenkstätte memorial is the last remaining stretch of the Wall as is existed during the separation era, and is it conveys an impression of how the border fortifications really looked. The Visitor Center and the Documentation Center with a viewing platform are located on the other side of the street that belonged to the western part of the city. The exhibition “Border Stations and Ghost Stations in Divided Berlin” is shown inside the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station.
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Computerspiele Museum

Computerspiele Museum

The world's first computer games museum opened in 1997 in Berlin. Since January 2011, the museum presents its new permanent exhibition in Berlin's trendy Friedrichshain district. A fascinating exhibition has transformed the historic interior of the former East Berlin cult cafe Warsaw into a pixelated game landscape. Drop by to relax and play some of your favourite video games, while also learning the history behind the industry. The Computer Game Museum is situated right in the middle of the biggest European cultural monument — the Karl-Marx-Allee.
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