Built on the site of Berlin's oldest church, the Nikolaikirche today is still the site of regular services, but also houses a museum highlighting its rich history, a tower which boasts some spectacular views, and fantastic acoustics, which are a boon when it hosts musical acts. This attraction is also worth a visit for its Medieval architecture and twin green spires.
Britzer Garten attracts numerous visitors to its 90-hectare (222.39-acre) well-manicured space. At the garden, each season showcases a variety of flowers. A colorful riot of tulips bloom during April, while numerous roses and daffodils blossom in June and September respectively. Besides offering a visual treat with this wonderful lush landscape, the garden also hosts various concerts, events and sporting activities that engage people of all ages.
The artist Yadegar Asisi has come to be renown for his awe-inspiring photographic exhibitions and panoramas, captivating the imagination of the thousands who are drawn to his massive installations. Through The Wall, Asisi brings to life a fictitious day in autumn on both sides of the Berlin wall in the 1980s. With the help of music, Asisi has created a truly immersive experience that brings to light the mundane realities and deeper concerns of the denizens of a city divided by political ideology. The lobby is home to numerous photographs collected by those who witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the events the preceded it, offering visitors an introduction to the experience that awaits within. Group and individual guided tours of the exhibition are offered as well.
The imposing structure, with its striking golden dome makes Neue Synagoge one of Berlin's most instantly recognizable landmarks. Designed by architect Eduard Knoblauch in 1859, the synagogue was the center of Jewish life in Berlin until the the night of 9th November 1938 (Kristallnacht), when it was attacked by Nazi storm-troopers. After an Allied air raid in 1943, the synagogue lay in ruins for around 40 years after the end of the war. It was then restored and reopened as a museum of Jewish culture on the fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, in 1988.
Take a walk through some of the most beautiful nature lanes in Berlin and admire the thousands of exotic plants species and flower meadows of the Späth-Arboretum. Founded by notable German botanist Franz Ludwig Späth in 1879, it has grown considerably in the last two centuries and today boasts of 1200 ornamental trees, 4000 species of plants along with a aromatic, herbal, medicinal and rock garden. It is currently owned and maintained by the Natural Sciences and Biology department of the Humboldt University of Berlin who organize guided tours, educational activities, special exhibitions, summer concerts and festivals throughout the year at the arboretum. Styled like a Victorian English garden, it is a perfect location for a romantic walk and a must visit attraction for nature enthusiasts.
Bell Tower of Berlin Olympic Stadium is an important historical and cultural landmark of the city and a popular tourist attraction offering panoramic views of the city and its neighboring townships. The 77 meters (252 feet) tall tower was originally built in 1934 but reconstructed in 1962 after being destroyed in 1947 due to safety reasons. The former tower used to house a 9.6 tons Olympic Bell which was unfortunately damaged and today serves as a monument. Currently a 4.5 tons bell hangs in the tower and is inscribed with the German slogan of the 1936 Olympic games. A small historical exhibition depicting the history of Germany from the 19th Century to the Nazi era can be seen on the lower floors of the memorial building and is worth checking out for history enthusiasts.
The erection and fall of the Berlin Wall, which divided East and West Germany from 1961 to 1989, is one of the most significant chapters in German history. The wall was commonly called as the “Death Strip” because innumerable people lost their lives while protecting or attempting to cross it. The Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer) is a salute to those who lost their lives during this horrendous era. The Federal Republic of Germany established the memorial in 1998 on Bernauer Strasse, the site of the wall and the hub of the dictator powers that ruled Germany during this period. The memorial comprises of the Monument in Memory of the Divided City and the Victims of Communist Tyranny, the Chapel of Reconciliation and the Window of Remembrance. The Documentation Center and the Visitor Center are also situated opposite the memorial in what was formerly West Berlin. Visitors can avail of guided tours of the monument and the open-air exhibition, which narrates the gruesome history of the site. The educational programs use innovative teaching methods so that kids and youth are immersed in local history. It also hosts events and film screenings, and has a bookstore and multimedia guides for visitors. This site is open to all visitors free of charge.
St. Agnes is a historic church building known for its architectural features like it's cube shaped structure. The church, designed by architect Werner Düttmann, is also known for its cube shaped bell tower. Built in 1965, the church building is now operated as an art exhibition space. While the exteriors have largely been retained, a few modifications have been made inside, with the main hall being transformed into an art gallery and being the venue for several art events throughout the year.
Wbb Willner Brauerei is a cultural center in the Willner brewery also known as the white beer brewery. The center is open for all artistic authorities and supporters related to fine arts, photography, music, theatre, fashion, design and architecture. Interior and exterior space of the brewery is available on rent for the artists to conduct events and workshops of their art projects. On the ground floor of the building, there is an impressive beer garden revived as an "Emils Beer Garden".