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Berlin Cathedral: Top 5 historical facts

The Berlin Cathedral history is rich, mirroring the ups and downs of the city itself. The first of the fun facts about this family church: The Cathedral is not an actual cathedral because the church isn’t the seat of a bishop.

1465: The Beginnings

1465: The Beginnings

The first church on this site finished construction in 1465 and looked very different than it does today. It served the Hohenzollern family, whose palace was located nearby.

1745: The Original Berlin Cathedral Church

1745: The Original Berlin Cathedral Church

A Baroque cathedral replaced the church in 1745; in 1816 it was remodeled in classical style. The cathedral we know today wouldn’t be built for nearly a century.

1894: Today’s Cathedral

1894: Today’s Cathedral

Larger than any of the other previous buildings, the Protestant cathedral was built to contest St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with a 98-meter-tall dome decorated with mosaic.

1905: Completion

1905: Completion

The ambitious project, designed by Julius Raschdorff in high Renaissance fashion was completed in 1905, along with the famous Berlin Cathedral organ in all its 7,000-pipe glory.

1975: An Enduring Building is Restored

1975: An Enduring Building is Restored

The magnificent building was bombed during WWII and later set to be demolished by Soviet Germany. Withstanding the odds, reconstruction went underway in 1975.

Our insider tips

Visit the Berlin Cathedral Crypt

Below the cathedral lies a crypt filled with 94 coffins, some of which are preserved royal bodies. The oldest tomb belongs to the elector of Brandenburg, Johann Cicero (153). Members of the original Hohenzollern family are buried even deeper in the Hohenzollerngruft.

Walk the Kaiserliches Treppenhaus

Climb the 267 steps for a breathtaking overview of the grand interior. At the very top, you can even walk outside around the Berlin Cathedral dome and take in all of Berlin-Mitte.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 8:00PM, Sundays and Holidays, 12:00PM to 8:00PM. October 1 through March 31, closing at 7:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just 7€ and continue upwards with tours.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide inside the Cathedral is not necessary.
  • How to get there
    Take the U2, U5, U8, S5, S7 or S75 to Alexanderplatz and it's a short walk through an iconic section of the city.
  • Additional information

    • Visit on a clear day and climb to the top of the dome for incredible views of the city.

    • An elevator is available to the left of the main entrance, and a bell calls the concierge who can assist with entrance.

What people are saying about Berlin Cathedral

Fantastic tour of major sites throughout East Berlin with Nathan!

Our tour guide Nathan (originally from Chicago) was a fantastic wealth of knowledge throughout our tour across the major sites of East Berlin. While the weather was not fantastic this did not stop the tour being very enjoyable throughout.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Thomas, 03/10/2019

Great tour with an excellent guide, thank you Charlotte, history came

Great tour with an excellent guide, thank you Charlotte for making those history lessons cone to life.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Karen, 03/09/2019

our tour guide Nathan is excellent, the best !

Our tour guide Nathan is really extremely knowledgeable! it was a really amazing tour!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by , 01/10/2019

No boat trips in winter, and ticket was difficult to obtain

It was difficult to convince the people working there that the ticket was valid, I'm not sure if they were looking for a barcode to scan. There was no boat ride and I couldnt even get on the Route B bus because they said it was not valid.

Berlin: Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus Ticket with Boat Option Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/08/2019

The only way to experience the entire city of Berlin!

We can not recommend this guided tour enough! It was an incredible experience and without a shadow of a doubt, the best way to soak up all of the sights within this beautiful city. Our tour guide Karsten was so knowledgable and knew Berlin inside out & backwards. He took us across the whole city from the East to the West and down back streets that we would never have found on our own and gave us a fascinating history lesson. Thank you Karsten for making our trip to Berlin so memorable

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