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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Monument / Landmark
“The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin's most important monuments – a landmark and symbol all in one with over two hundred years of history. A former symbol of the divided city, it drew visitors who used to climb an observation platform in order to get a glimpse of the world behind the Iron Curtain, on the other side of the barren "death-strip" which separated East from West Berlin, geographically and politically. It was here that on June 12, 1987, Ronald Regan issued his stern command to his cold war adversary admonishing him with the words: "Mr. Gorbachov – tear down this wall!". The speech delivered to West Berliners was also audible on the east side of the Gate and echoed President von Weizsacker’s words which translate as: "The German question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed." it is 20 minutes by car and 38 minutes by transportation”
  • 213 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Berlin's Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a unique ensemble of five museums, including the Pergamon Museum - built on a small island in Berlin's Spree River between 1824 and 1930. A cultural and architectural monument of great significance, it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. Berlin's own Acropolis of the arts is considered unique because it illustrates the evolution of modern museum design over the course of the 20th century and its collections span six thousand years of human artistic endeavour. it is 17 minutes by car and 30 minutes by transportation”
  • 311 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Checkpoint Charlie, along with Glienicker Brücke (Glienicke Bridge) was the best known border crossing during the Cold War. The sign, which became a symbol of the division of Cold War Berlin and read like a dire warning to those about to venture beyond the Wall – "YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR" – in English, Russian, French and German - stood here. It is today an iconic marker of territorial boundary and political division. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement. ”
  • 170 locals recommend
Plaza
“Historic square reborn since fall of Berlin Wall, now a hub of entertainment, restaurants, and shops. it is 20 minutes by car and 35 minutes by transportation”
  • 169 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is the second mall in the direct surrounding of the appartment. Here you could find even more fashion labels, clothing stores, handbags -, shoes -, watches and jewelry stores, a high-tech store (Saturn), many restaurants with international quisine of different class, as well as two grocery stores (Edeka and Aldi - Discounter), two large art supply stores, sports wear stores, a bank office of the national bank - Sparkasse, a fitness gym with swimming pool and many more. Enjoy!”
  • 86 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, located in Mitte on a stretch of the former "death strip" where the Wall once stood near Brandenburg Gate, is Berlin's stunning monument to the Holocaust, dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II. Impressive in its awesome grey soberness, rather than sombreness, it includes an underground Ort der Information (Information Centre) located on the south-eastern side of the memorial grounds, accessible via two flights of stairs or a lift. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Plaza
“If you are looking for a place to shop for clothes, this is the place to go. There's hardly a flagship store of every more up-market brand missing if you stroll along Rosenthaler Straße and into Neue Schönhauser Straße. The Hackeschen Höfe are also worth checking out for their architecture and the backyard flair.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Church
“Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), completed in 1905, is Berlin's largest and most important Protestant church as well as the sepulchre of the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty. This outstanding high-renaissance baroque monument has linked the Hohenzollerns to German Protestantism for centuries and undergone renewed phases of architectural renovation since the Middle Ages. First built in 1465 as a parish church on the Spree River it was only finally completed in 1905 under the last German Kaiser -Wilhelm II. Damaged during the Second World War it remained closed during the GDR years and reopened after restoration in 1993. it is 20 minutes by car and 25 minutes by transportation”
  • 81 locals recommend
Plaza
“The Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin's most magnificent square. It is best known for the architectural trio composed of the German and French cathedrals (Deutscher und Französischer Dom) and Schinkel's Konzerthaus (concert hall) which together form one of the most stunning ensembles in Berlin. The "domes" refer to the domed tower structures erected in 1785 by architect Carl von Gontard. They were mainly intended to add stature and grandeur to the two buildings. ”
  • 110 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Climbing up the dome and seeing the federal parliament at work is one of Berlin's most popular attractions. This is unfortunately not as convenient to access as it once was. It remains free but visitors need to book a few days in advance through the Bundestag website.”
  • 110 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of Berlin's most iconic museums. A must-see for art history enthusiasts. They house an impressive antiquity collection, as well as Islamic art and artifacts from different civilizations from the Middle East. One of the few museums in Berlin that do not close on Mondays. Open every day from 10:00 ato 18:00.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Clärchens Ballroom (German: Clärchens Ballhaus) is a building, formerly a ballroom and now an authentic restaurant/biergarten, and unconventional nightclub for all generations, on Auguststraße in the Berlin-Mitte district of Berlin, Germany. It has protected status as a Berliner Kulturdenkmal (cultural monument).”
  • 115 locals recommend
Auditorium
“The 3.3 kilometre long Friedrichstraße is one of the most frequented shopping areas in Berlin”
  • 60 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Neo-Renaissance style parliament building with a Norman Foster glass dome and panoramic city views.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“If you like Asian food and Burgers, this is the place to go combining the two. Really delicious and among the best Burger shops in Berlin. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“Various famous buildings constructed during Prussian empire and historical German Empire.”
  • 45 locals recommend