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Sightseeing in central Berlin - the historic city tour

Sightseeing in central Berlin - the historic city tour

Start your trip through this exciting capital city, and its constantly changing aspects. Come on board our ships, and view more than 60 Berlin attractions, including the Reichstag, the government quarter, the House of the Cultures of the World, Bellevue Castle, the "Snake" housing governmental employees, the main railway station, Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island and the Nikolai district, Berlin's oldest residential area. Learn interesting and educational facts about Berlin's history and architecture, and discover something new on every trip through this dynamic city.
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Computerspielemuseum

Computerspielemuseum

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 in a pixelated game landscape. The Computer Game Museum is situated right in the middle of the biggest European cultural monument - the Karl-Marx-Allee. Here is everything full of history and invites you to explore architecture, art and everyday life.
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Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Memorial to the  Murdered Jews of Europe)

Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe)

Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is located the Memorial for Europe’s Murdered Jews, a site of stelae (concrete slabs) arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field accessible from all sides. It serves as a central place of remembrance and admonition and is supplemented by an underground information centre, containing the names of all known victims and details on the places of horror. There is no charge for admittance.
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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church)

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church)

The protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a memorial to peace and reconciliation. And it also stands for the will of the Berliners to rebuild their city during the period after the war. This is seen by the fact that the church not only consists of the ruins of the church which was destroyed during World War II but it also includes contemporary church architecture. It is thus a living contrast between modernism and history.
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Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial)

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial)

The Berlin Wall Memorial is a reminder for the division of Germany and imparts an oppressive impression of the Wall and the times of the division. Located directly at the former border strip in the Bernauer Strasse is a piece of the Berlin Wall with border strip and watchtower. Newly opened in 2009, the Visitor Centre is the first starting point for visitors, and offers information and orientation help on the extensive grounds. The viewable exhibit in the Documentation Centre shows the 1961 history of the Wall’s construction and the circumstances of the divided city. From the tower, one has an impressive view of the preserved parts of the border facility and the memorial in memory of the division of the city and the victims of communist tyranny.
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Kulturforum

Kulturforum

After Museum Island, the Kulturforum is the second centre of art in Berlin: this is the home not only of the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery), the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Applied Arts) and other museums but also the Philarmonie (Philharmonic Hall) and the Staatsbibliothek (National Library). The Kulturforum is - beside the Museum Island - the most important centre for arts in Berlin. Many well-known and unique institutions are located here, including the New National Gallery, designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, and the Philharmonie and Chamber Music Hall as well as the Neue Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) and, last but not least, the Gemäldegalerie, which has one of the most important collections of old masters worldwide.
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Museumsinsel Berlin (Museum Island Berlin)

Museumsinsel Berlin (Museum Island Berlin)

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. The magnificent museum buildings on the island in the River Spree were each 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 range from prehistory, to ancient times, to19th century art. More than three million people come to Museum Island every year.
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Mauermuseum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Mauermuseum Haus am 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. Right next to it is situated today the “Wall Museum - Museum House at Checkpoint Charlie”. The museum shows an almost incomprehensible number of original means and tools that people used in their escape out of the "DDR": from the hot-air balloon to the Trebant up to the chairlift.
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Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter)

Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter)

The Nikolaiviertel is the place to experience the old Berlin, being the oldest residential area in the city. Containing the Nikolai Church from the 13th century, the typically medieval streets and numerous restaurants, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions for visitors to Berlin. The main attractions, in addition to the St. Nicholas church, include the Ephraim Palace, a masterpiece of palace architecture of the 18th century Berlin. Equally beautiful is the Baroque style Knoblauch house built in 1760, which offers insight into world of the upper middle class world through its rooms and valuable furniture.
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Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz

In view of the colourfully spotlighted 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 laid in the death strip of the Berlin Wall and was nothing but a desolate wasteland. In 1993, construction began on the DaimlerChrysler headquarters based on a master plan drawn up by the architects Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohl Becker. At the biggest construction site in Europe, a new urban centre arose from scratch in a period of just five years. Helmut Jahn's Sony Center was completed in 2000 and has a futuristic aesthetic in contrast to the DaimlerChrysler headquarters. In early 2004, the elegant Beisheim Center opened at Lenné-Dreieck .
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