- By Kevin
- On Nov 17, 2017
- Travel Tips
Where to Stay in Berlin for Sightseeing?Tips and tours of Berlin tell you the besic information about it.Berlin is a bustling bohemian hub that welcomes all kinds of people,and caters to all kinds of diets.Vegan and vegetarian food is easy to find in the German capital,with most restaurants and cafes taking care to provide a range of choices to those who live a vegan lifestyle.
Grosser Tiergarten and the Victory Column
Literally translated as the"Animal Garden,"Berlin's Grosser Tiergarten has long been an important part of the city.Originally an Electoral hunting reserve in which deer,wild pigs,and other game were kept,it was transformed into a park in 1700,designed originally in French style,and later converted into an English-style landscaped park.Attractively laid out with an abundance of trees and shrubs and expanses of grass and flower borders,the Tiergarten covers some 520 acres and is a favorite spot for relaxation,walking,and boating.
The park also contains numerous important statues and monuments,including the Statue of Queen Luise erected in 1880,depicting her in a long dress with a relief recalling her care of wounded soldiers during the War of 1806,and a Monument to Frederick Wilhelm III unveiled in 1849 with reliefs reflecting the King's peace-loving disposition.The most important of the Tiergarten's monuments,however,is the massive Victory Column,a superb 70-meter-tall structure built on a roundabout and crowned by an eight-meter-high gold statue of Victoria(dubbed Golden Lizzy by locals).Completed in 1873,it's well worth climbing the 285 steps to the top of this magnificent monument for the views over the Tiergarten.
There are several great ways to see Berlin,whether it is by bus,bike,or on foot.One of the easiest ways to see the city and learn a little about the history is on a double decker,open-air Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour.This tour offers 20 stops at various points of interest,with the option to get off or stay on the bus.For a more in-depth,feet-on-the-ground experience,the Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites Historical Walking Tour offers a four-hour guided walking tour and includes both major attractions and little known sites,from the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie to Hitler's former bunker.If you really want to get active take a 4.5-hour guided Berlin Bike Tour to see the city's top attractions and learn about the history.
The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour from Berlin is a six-hour day trip to one of the first concentration camps established by the Third Reich.Today,it is a national memorial.This is a historian-led tour and includes admission to the site.