Attractions in Central Berlin

Berlin, the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, is a beautiful and prosperous city with a population of over 3.4 million residents. Located in northeastern Germany, Berlin is home to many internationally renowned attractions, artworks, and restaurants, making it a first-class vacation destination for travelers looking for a change of pace. Be sure to visit some (if not all!) of the following attractions:

The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate, or Brandenburger Tor is the only remaining example of the magnificent city gates that once opened the way into Berlin. Located to the west of Berlin's center, the Brandenburg Gate is an imposing and beautiful structure. Originally built to extend the growing city's borders in the mid-18th century, the Brandenburg Gate has seen centuries of history. From Napoleon's triumphal parades to the rise and fall of the Prussian Kaisers, from the Allied bombing raids during WWII to the reunification and the fall of communism, the Brandenburg Gate has remained an impressive icon of Berlin.

The Reichstag
The Reichstag is the seat of the Bundestag, or parliament, and is located just one block north from the Brandenburg Gate. Opened at the end of the 19th century, the modern Reichstag building bears little resemblance to the way it once looked. After a devastating fire in 1933, the bombing campaigns of WWII, and a Soviet assault during the last days of the war, the Reichstag structure was not usable for its civic purpose. After years of reconstruction, however, an elegant and striking modern aesthetic is now on display in the building's sweeping glass dome. Visitors can ascend into the dome and enjoy incredible views both outside and in.

The Berlin Zoological Garden
For those traveling with family, or for the animal lovers out there, the Berlin Zoological Garden is the largest zoo in Germany and certainly the most well known. Berlin's zoo attracts tourists from all over Europe and the world, as many of its captive breeding programs house animals (the black rhinoceros, for example), which are not found in most zoos. A visit to the Tiergarten, as zoos are known in Germany, can be fun and educational for the entire family!

Berlin is a beautiful, vibrant city with every possible diversion for the eager traveler. Berlin, like most German cities, is explorable on foot, provided the weather cooperates. Music and art, food and wine, churches, libraries, and museums all await your visitation!