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Top sights in Berlin
History is palpable in Berlin. The tumultuous past of Germany remains in the forefront of its citizens’ minds through monuments, memorials, and the few historic sites that weren’t bombed during WWII. Be sure to visit these five in the capital city.
You’ll have to head east for a deeper look into Soviet East Germany; these are some of the only landmarks that weren’t stormed by citizens after the fall of the Wall.
Completed in 2004, the holocaust memorial is considered to be one of the most harrowing of our time, representing a system of lost touch with humanity.
It was damaged during WWII, then hidden away between the East and West sides of the Berlin Wall. Restored and public, Germany’s most famous landmark is pure Prussian stateliness.
Berliners call the Gedächtniskirche “The Hollow Tooth” because its spire was never reconstructed after WWII to serve as a reminder of war’s terrible destruction.
Small lengths of graffiti-covered giants remain of The Wall, that which divided Europe with its internal “death strip” from 1961 to 1989.
Berlin’s public transportation system is fantastic. Buy a week pass or a bundle of four single tickets at a time to save a little spending cash.
The city has one of the best global infrastructures for tourism. Take advantage of it! Check out visitberlin.de or look into purchasing a Berlin WelcomeCard, your flatrate ticket that includes train fare, a city map, guide, and discounts on nearly 200 attractions.
- When should I visit?
- The Stasi Museum is open Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 6:00PM, weekends and holidays 11:00AM to 6:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets to the Stasi Museum start at 6€ and continue up depending on tours and packages.
- Will I need a guide?
- With so much to important and emotional history to cover, a guide will definitely help to gain a deeper understanding.
- How to get there
- Take the U5 train to the Magdalenenstrasse Station and use the exit at Ruschestrasse.
- Additional information
- Please remember to remain respectful, as the musueum and other sites can be extremely emotional for some people.
What people are saying about Stasi Museum
Of course you have to like history, and want to feel as if you were back in that time .. then you will love it. There was a couple of uninterested tourists in the group, I don't even understand WHY you would go on a 4 h tour if you're not interested in the topic, and just don't listen. Anyway we had a lot of fun and got to understand a lot. The guide was super responsive and knew answers to the weirdest questions we asked. Definitely he knew what he was talking about!
Wonderful overview of a lot of historical details and depth about why the Berlin Wall happened and the impact that it had on the city and people who lived in the city during that time. Our guide (Liz) was very well organized and knowledgeable taking questions as well as giving us very nice descriptions of the many places we visited. Overall it was a wonderful experience and i can highly recommend it to anyone who is considering.
Every step of this tour is a learning moment with moments of the satirical and moments for tears. Sarah our guide was so generous with her knowledge, her passion to share this tragic part of history and with other aspects of Berlin life. Sarah thank you I have taken so much away with me...and am reading more and more. An enlightening roller coaster of a tour
So glad I did this tour. Although I have read extensively on the subject, I still learnt a lot during the tour. Sophie is a true subject matter expert on anything related to the wall and she did an amazing job of keeping the energy level high throughout the 3.5 hour tour. Simply superb!
I had miscalculated and as an old and overweight man this 'Walking tour' Was real tough for me. So when I say that this was a fascinating and engaging tour this is because the guide, the subject matter and the setting were all excellent. I strongly recomend.