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Top sights in Berlin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The magnificent building was bombed during WWII and later set to be demolished by Soviet Germany. Withstanding the odds, reconstruction went underway in 1975.
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.
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.
- 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
We booked a tour for 5 people for 17:30. Got there 17:27, the operator has just rolled the bridge and refused to let us board, and just sailed away. We were infuriated, called the service, they told us to come again the next day, in which we indeed got a ride with no additional cost, but with a very bitter taste. The ride itself was smooth and comfortable, bar with drinks (be sure not to bring too large notes - these were simply not accepted!), audio guides worked well.
I would recommend this tour if you are having a short break in Berlin. The tour was informative and we were shown all the main tourist spots in two hours. We only stopped twice because there was so much to see. This tour will give you a good introduction before you go ahead and choose which sites to re-visit in depth. Thank you so much Petra, Rajko and Carsten. When we come back again we will book a different tour.
The boarding point was identified as the intersection of two streets, but there are actually four boarding points at that intersection, and crossing back and forth trying to identify the correct one in heavy traffic caused us to miss our boat. We were re-booked on a tour the next morning, but it was a bit of a hassle.
The bus was clean, the drivers and tour guides were very courteous, the tour guides did a good job covering English and German for all those on the buses. We got to see the important sites and not have to do all the walking and/or driving on one of the hottest days on records in Berlin.
In general, the Berlin walking tour is well-designed. Communication prior to the tour was clear, meeting point was easy to find. Our guide Sam Z knows Berlin well and was able to answer questions clearly. A good way to start exploring Berlin if you are here for the first time.