- By Kevin
- On Nov 16, 2017
- Travel Tips
Which attractions in&around Berlin you must see during your Berlin vacation?Berlin's combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerise anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture,cutting-edge architecture,fabulous food,intense parties and tangible history.
The Rebuilt Reichstag
With the proclamation of the German Empire in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles in 1871,Berlin acquired the role as capital of the Empire and found itself in need of a larger,more prestigious building to serve as home to its government.The foundation stone for the new Reichstag,a huge and elegantly proportioned Neo-Renaissance palace,was laid by the Emperor himself in 1884,and completed ten years later.After its destruction by fire in 1933,much of the former structure was rebuilt in 1970,but with the decision to return the seat of government to Berlin from Bonn after reunification,the Reichstag underwent a complete renovation in the late 1990s.
A highlight of this magnificent reconstruction is the replacement dome,the Kuppel,made of glass and offering superb views of the surrounding city,especially at night from the Rooftop Restaurant.Note that entry to the Dome and Terrace is ticketed,and due to demand,it's recommended that tickets be requested in advance(registration is available on the day,but expect a two or three hour wait).Free English language audio guides are available.
Address:Platz der Republik 1,11011 Berlin
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
One of Berlin's most interesting landmarks,Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church(Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche)is in many ways two churches:the ultra-modern new church designed in 1961,and next to it,the ruins of the original,including most of the 63-meter-high tower.Completed in 1895 in honor of Emperor Wilhelm I,the original was destroyed in 1943,but its remains were incorporated into the new complex.
The result is now a major Berlin landmark that also serves as a war memorial,with a memorial hall installed containing mosaic remains,architectural remnants,and photos.The centerpiece is a figure of Christ from the old church and a Cross of Nails from Coventry Cathedral,destroyed by German bombs earlier in WWII.Guided tours are available,and visitors are welcome to participate in Sunday services;Evening Music Services featuring cantatas,organ recitals,and choral music;and regular weekday services.