An afternoon in Berlin: Follow the Tiergarten!

This post describes a time efficient afternoon in Berlin, Germany. We will assume that you arrive at Zoogarten by bus, which is a 20 minute ride from the Tegel Airport. From there, you can follow the route on the map below to see a number of attractions in a short time.

Tiergarten

Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

A church that was built in the late 1800’s. Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche was struck by allied bombs during the World War II and has been preserved as a ruin since then.

Siegessäule

A victory monument raised in 1864 to celebrate Preussen’s victory over Denmark.

Soviet War Memorial

Soviet War Memorial

A place dedicated to the 80 000 Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin in 1945.

Reichstag Building

Reichstag Building

Opened in 1894, damaged by fire in 1933, then in a state of limbo until it was refurbished in 1960 and fully restored in the 1990s, after the reunion of West and East Germany. The glass dome on the roof gives a splendid view over Berlin, especially in the evening.

Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor

One of the most iconic monuments in Berlin. See over full post about the Brandenburger Tor.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

A not-so-uplifting-but-very-important memorial place over the victims of the Holocaust.

Checkpoint Charlie

The most famous border control during the Cold War. A must visit. Spend some time here, and why not visit one of the nearby museums? We can recommend the Panorama museum that recreates the area from the 1960’s when the Berlin Wall was in place. The most obvious sign that the Allies won the war today is the nearby KFC and McDonalds restaurants :-)

Topographie des Terrors

A chronology over the Nazis’ way to power in Germany.

Potsdamer Platz

How about some shopping after all the monuments and historic sites? Then Potsdamer Platz is the right place to be. Here you can stroll in the malls, grab something to eat, or why not, visit an IMAX thater?

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