Berlin - the German city of superlatives and contrasts. Read on to find out more about our top 10 highlights of the German capital!
1. Berlin Victory Column
Our first Berlin highlight towers high above the rooftops of the German capital, boasts a unique location and sparkles with lots of gold: the Berlin Victory Column. The "Goldelse", as it is affectionately called by Berlin's inhabitants, is one of Germany's most important national monuments and commemorates the unification of Germany in the 19th century. It is located at the Großer Stern (Great Star) in the Großer Tiergarten (popular inner-city park) and can be reached via underground tunnels. Usually, the Victory Column can also be climbed. Once at the top, a breathtaking view over the Berlin Tiergarten and the Berlin skyline awaits you here. Absolutely recommendable!
You can find the exact opening hours and prices here.
2. Berlin Potsdamer Platz
Just a few metres from the Victory Column away, you'll find our next highlight: the Potsdamer Platz. The skyscrapers, the traffic and the hustle and bustle of the Potsdamer Platz exude a certain touch of New York - right in the middle of Berlin. At the time of the German division, the Potsdamer Platz was one of the primary border areas. Today, only a few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall remind us of the city' s division at that time. Of course, a stroll through the Sony Center is also a must during a visit of the Potsdamer Platz. The glass roof is not only impressive during the day, but also and especially in the evening. From the panorama point, you also benefit from a perfect view of this extraordinary construction and the sights in the immediate vicinity - such as our next highlight.
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3. Berlin Brandenburg Gate
Berlin wouldn't be Berlin without its famous Brandenburg Gate. The Gate is THE landmark of the German capital and exhibits a long history. In the late 18th century, the Brandenburg Gate was constructed at the end of the boulevard "Unter den Linden" and was one of 18 city gates. Today, it is the only remaining city gate and attracts millions of tourists every year. Berlin's landmark is crowned by the Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. You will also find this motif on the Austrian Parliament in our home town of Vienna.
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4. Berlin Döner
What should not be missing besides so many sights and history? Of course - a short break for a snack. And which culinary highlight should not be missing in Berlin? The Berlin Döner (doner kebab), of course! Anyone who has ever eaten a doner kebab in Berlin knows that there is no other place with such a wide selection and as much taste as Berlin. From classic kebabs to veggie kebabs to vegan kebabs, there's just the right thing here for every taste. Our favourites: Döner Turm in Moabit, Mustafa's Gemüsekebap in Kreuzberg and Vöner in Friedrichshain. So, don't miss out on the "Döner" in Berlin!
5. Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
When writing about Berlin, you cannot ignore the city's history, because it is also omnipresent in the city. Between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, you will find one of the most important monuments in the German capital: the Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The memorial has an undulating structure, covers an area of almost 20,000 square metres and stands for the murdered Jews of Europe. The grey steles and winding alleys are meant to represent their despair and powerlessness at the time. And even though the history is depressing, it is quite important today not to forget the horrible incidents and to get confronted with it.
6. Berlin Hackesche Höfe
Colourful, quirky and modern - that's probably the best way to describe the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin. In the middle of Berlin, right next to the suburban railway station "Hackescher Markt", you will find this artistic area. All in all, there are eight interconnected and attractive backyards that house various shops, cafés and bars. Especially on warm summer evenings it gets quite atmospheric here and it is a great place to end the day with a beer or glass of wine. But culture enthusiasts also get their money's worth around the Hackesche Höfe. The Anne Frank Centre, for example, is located right next to the area. Thus, don't miss out the Hackesche Höfe on your next trip to Berlin!
7. Berlin Television Tower
Just one stop away or a few minutes' walk from the Hackesche Höfe, you'll find our next highlight: the Berlin TV Tower and Alexanderplatz. Next to the Brandenburg Gate, this landmark is probably the most famous one in Berlin and should not be missing on our list. The TV Tower is more than 360 metres high, thus the tallest building in Germany. So, if you're looking for the highest view of the city, you'll definitely find it here. Our tip: You can avoid the long queues with an online ticket.
More information on opening hours, tickets and prices can be found here.
8. Berlin Currywurst
If you don't like the Berlin Döner, you might like our next culinary highlight: the Berlin Currywurst ("curry sausage"). Of course, this delicacy is also a must during a city trip to Berlin. As for the Currywurst, too, you can enjoy a huge range of different varieties - even vegetarian and vegan Currywurst. Our tips for your next trip to Berlin: Curry 36 in Kreuzberg, Konnopke's Imbiss in Prenzlauer Berg and Curry 61 in Berlin Mitte.
9. Berlin Reichstag Building
Surrounded by the Spree, Tiergarten and other magnificent buildings, such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Reichstag is another highlight on our list. The building looks back on a far-reaching and eventful history. The building has been damaged, set on fire and rebuilt several times. Today, of course, it serves the German Bundestag, but can also be visited by the public. A special feature is the glass dome on top of the building, which is 23 metres high and can be ascended. From the top, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the government district and the Spree.
Information on visits and guided tours can be found here.
10. Berlin Wall
Last but not least, one particular highlight should not be forgotten: the Berlin Wall. Hardly any other landmark is as symbolic of the former division of Berlin as the Berlin Wall. Although most parts of the Berlin Wall have been demolished, you can still stroll along a more than one kilometre long stretch of the Wall between the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The so-called "East Side Gallery" is one of the best-known open-air galleries in the world and serves not just as a symbol of the division of Berlin, but also as a space for artists and sprayers. The most famous motif may be the brotherly kiss of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev. So, if you leave the city without taking a selfie in front of this artwork, you haven't really experienced Berlin.
Flights to Berlin With Austrian Airlines
Berlin is diverse, Berlin is colourful and Berlin is always worth a visit! Hardly any other German city is as multifaceted as the German capital. Therefore, it's best to plan your next trip to Berlin now and take off relaxed with Austrian Airlines: