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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

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!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/18/2019

Ricky made 4hrs around Berlin on a cold day, informative & enjoyable!

Everything went to plan despite a cold wind from the east! Ricky kept us well informed and entertained throughout our 4 hour tour and everyone agreed that he knew everything and more and that it represented more than just great value! Highly recommended

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Graham, 04/16/2019

Superb tour, Kathryn’s knowledge was excellent

A really good introduction to Berlin. Kathryn has an ability to sensitively relate the complex history of the city in a fun and clear way. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Angela, 04/09/2019

Great way for a first discovery of the city centre.

Our guide, Rob Willis, gave us an introduction to Berlin’s history while taking us on a walk around the city centre of Berlin. We got a lot of info and suggestions to plan the rest of our visit. Great way to start your trip and great guide.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Steven, 04/09/2019

Engaging, interesting and really absorbing.

Our guide was Ysanne, and she was brilliant. So knowledgeable but delivered in such an engaging style. The 4 hours flew by and this was definitely the highlight of our visit. Despite being quite a large group (around 30) there was no problem keeping together, or being able to hear our guide.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/01/2019

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