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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

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Absolutely superb. Gregor was one of the best tour leaders we have had

Fascinating tour of Berlin. Brought the city to live. So many interesting facts and made us think

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Wonderful tour and our guide Linsey was very informative.

The tour group was very organised. Our guide Linsey was well spoken and very knowledgable on the history. I totally recommend this company.

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Small group / almost private tour in classic old timer

Ok, you might have not always the open views if you choose to take a tour on a modern double decker bus, but then you will miss the charme of cruising Berlin in a vintage car (people on the streets will actually take photo’s of you), Also worthwhile to mention is the proud owner of the car and very enthousiastic and knowledgeable guide/driver. Can’t be beaten by an audio guide. If you like a very personal approach and love vintage cars, this tour is a must.

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Very pleasant experience and recommended

Very interesting, interesting details of Belrin history provided by our guide Kyle

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Our guide, Kai, was awesome. incredibly knowledgeable and passionate

We took the tour on our first full day in Berlin. Luckily, we were in a group which was led by Kai. We could not have had a better guide to introduce us to the history, culture and major sites. Most impressive was his passion! It was truly our highlight of our stay in Berlin!

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