- By Kevin
- On Nov 16, 2017
- Travel Tips
What about the best things to do in Berlin?Have a Berlin sightseeing in this season,Berlin is like an endlessly fascinating 3D textbook where the past is very much present wherever you go.
Berlin Cathedral Church
Famous for its 75-meter-high dome with its old bell from 1532,Berlin Cathedral Church was completed in 1905 on the site of an earlier cathedral dating from the time of Frederick the Great.Built in the New Baroque style,the building-the largest church in Berlin-is divided into three main sections:the Memorial Church,the Baptismal and Nuptial Church,and the Parish Church.After decades of painstaking work to repair war damage,the church has been returned to its former glory,and highlights of a visit include the Imperial Staircase,decorated with bronze cornices and 13 tempera paintings by Berlin landscape painter Albert Hertel in 1905,and the Imperial Gallery with its views of the area below the dome.
Also of note is the Hohenzollern Crypt containing nearly 100 sarcophagi,coffins,and monuments from the 16th to 20th centuries,including those of the Great Elector and his wife Dorothea,and Frederick I and his wife Sophie Charlotte.Try to time your visit for one of the cathedral's many concerts or music services,and be sure to climb the 270 steps to the Dome for superb views over Museum Island.(English language guided tours are available.)
Address:Am Lustgarten,10178 Berlin
The French Cathedral
The counterpart to the equally impressive Berlin Cathedral Church,also in the Gendarmenmarkt,is the French Cathedral(Französischer Dom).Consisting of the Friedrichstadt Church and the domed tower,which was added later,the French Cathedral was built in 1705 for the substantial Huguenot community that had settled in Berlin in 1685.
Highlights include the 70-meter-high tower with its five-octave carillon(its 60 bells are rung by means of a keyboard),the 20-meter Tower Rooms(Turmstuben),and a 40-meter-high viewing balustrade with excellent panoramic views of Berlin.The redesigned ground floor of the church houses the Huguenot Museum,with exhibits illustrating the history of the Huguenots in France and Berlin.
Address:Gendarmenmarkt 5,10117 Berlin