- By Kevin
- On Nov 16, 2017
- Travel Tips
Bismarck and Marx,Einstein and Hitler,JFK and Bowie,they’ve all shaped–and been shaped by–Berlin,whose richly textured history stares you in the face at every turn.As a historical city in Germany,Berlin full of important spots in the city.Top things to do in Berlin:
Unter den Linden
Berlin's most famous street,Unter den Linden-literally translated as Under the Lime Trees Avenue-has for centuries been a draw for visitors and locals alike.This broad avenue,stretching some 1,400 meters and connecting Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate to the Lustgarten,began as a humble riding track in 1573 for royalty on their way to the Tiergarten to hunt,a route formalized in 1647 when the Great Elector had six rows of trees planted,including the famous limes.Today,its two car lanes are separated by a wide central pedestrian area that extends much of the street's length and provides a wonderful place to relax and take in the bustling city around you.Notable landmarks are the Arsenal and the Gendarmenmarkt,the Opera House,and St.Hedwig's Cathedral.
The Gendarmenmarkt,one of Berlin's largest squares,is dominated by three large historic buildings-the Konzerthaus,the French Cathedral(Französischer Dom),and the Berlin Cathedral(Berliner Dom)-that together form one of the most picturesque corners of the city.Laid out in the 17th century and named after a regiment of Gendarmerie that had a guardhouse here,it remains one of the city's most popular places,day and night.The Konzerthaus,built in 1821 on the site of an earlier theater,has long been one of Berlin's most important theaters-Goethe's Iphigenie was performed at its opening-and is as famous for its architectural splendor as it is for the first-rate performances of Konzerthausorchester Berlin,one of the country's most popular symphony orchestras.In front of the building stands the Schiller Monument,notable for its four female figures on the fountain canopy representing Lyric Poetry(with a harp),Drama(with a dagger),History(with tablets displaying the names of Goethe,Beethoven,Michelangelo,and others),and Philosophy(with a parchment scroll inscribed Discover Yourself).If visiting in winter,be sure to time your visit to coincide with the Gendarmenmarkt's popular Christmas Market.
Another well known square in Berlin,Alexanderplatz(popularly known as"Alex")was the very center of East Berlin life and is now home to the World Time Clock,a popular meeting place.Nearby is the Television Tower(nicknamed"Telespargel")with panoramic views of the city.