Berlin and Surroundings

Berlin is the capital of Germany and it is situated in the North-East of the country. It is the city of art, artists, and museums, hosting over 170 museums in total. The sights Berlin has to offer, from the Brandenburg Gate to the Parliament, bear witness to the history of an entire nation. However, the history of the city also has a sad side, since it is heavily connected to the events of the post-Second World War period. Large parts of the city were indeed rebuilt after the World War II allied bombings. In 1945 Berlin was divided into four occupied zones and, from 1961 to 1989, was split up by the famous Berlin Wall into East and West Berlin.

Places to visit in Berlin

1) Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous landmark and is located in the western part of the city center. It is an 18th-century neoclassical monument built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II and set the entry to Unter den Linden, a boulevard of linden trees that leads to the Royal City Palace. Today, the Brandenburg Gate is considered not only as a symbol of European and German history but also of European unity and peace.

2) Alexanderplatz/TV Tower

Alexanderplatz is the most visited area of Berlin since it is a popular starting point for tourists. The square, named after Tsar Alexander I, who visited the city in 1805, has many shops, cinemas, and restaurants, but its main attraction is the TV Tower. The TV Tower, built during the years of GDR, is now a symbol of Berlin, from which you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city.

3) East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is the largest and longest-lasting open-air gallery in the world, with its 1.3 kilometer long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall. The Gallery consists of 105 murals, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall by artists from all over the world. It is situated along the river Spree, at the former border between the lively neighbourhoods of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.

4) Parliament (Reichstag)

The German Parliament (Reichstag) is a historic building in Berlin, constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. In 1933 it was severely damaged by a fire and after World War II the building fell into disuse. After the German Reunification in 1990, it underwent a reconstruction led by architect Norman Foster, and in 1999 it became again the meeting place of the German Parliament: the modern Bundestag. Tourists may also book a visit to the glass dome of the building, to enjoy a stunning view of the city.

5) Holocaust Memorial

The Memorial dedicated to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a memorial of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of 2711 rectangular concrete blocks and was inaugurated in 2005. The artist leaves every possible interpretation open to its visitors, although it is widely accepted that the blocks very strongly recall a cemetery.

6) Museum Island

Museum Island is a museum ensemble on the northern part of Spree Island in the historic heart of Berlin. It was built from 1830 to 1930 by order of the Prussian Kings to make art publicly accessible. The Museum Island was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and consists of the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum, and the Pergamonmuseum. The Neues Museum hosts the Egyptian Collection and the most famous bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. In the Pergamon Museum visitors can admire the Babylonian Ishtar Gate and the Hellenistic Pergamon Altar.

 7) Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin. It is best known for the architectural trio composed of the Berlin Concert Hall and the German and French Cathedrals. In the middle of the square you will find the monumental statue of the poet Friedrich Schiller.

8) Berlin Cathedral

The Berlin Cathedral is a Lutheran church built from 1894 to 1905 by order of German Emperor William II. The building combines the Renaissance and Baroque Revival styles and is the largest protestant church in Germany.

9) Charlottenburg Palace

The Charlottenburg Palace is a Baroque palace, commissioned by Queen Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich I. It was built at the end of the 17th century and greatly expanded during the 18th century. Both the beautiful gardens and the palace in a French Baroque style attract visitors all year round.

10) Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin Wall Memorial is situated at the historic site of Bernauer Strasse and commemorates the division of Berlin. It extends along 1.4 kilometers of the former border strip and is also home to a Documentation Centre.

Our Cultural Activities

Our guided tour of Berlin city center

We offer one to two free walking tours of Berlin city center each week. Led by a professional guide, the walking tour introduces you to Berlin’s rich history and monuments. It usually includes the most famous sites, like the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the Parliament, and Potsdamer Platz.

Our cultural activity

One cultural activity is planned to be held on Saturday, or during the week at your best convenience, upon availability.

Pergamon Museums

It includes three different realities: the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of Near Eastern Antiquities, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

DDR Museum

The museum is located in the former East German government district, right on the river Spree, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. The museum is the 11th most visited museum in Berlin. His exhibition portrays life in former East Germany in a direct “practical” way.

Alte Nationalgallerie

The Old National Gallery in Berlin’s Mitte district is part of the Museum Island building complex and is therefore a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It currently houses 19th-century paintings and sculptures from the National Gallery collection.

Technik Museum

The thematic focus is on the three main transport sectors (rail, air, and sea), but it also hosts exhibitions for print, news, production, and film technology. The museum sees itself as a cultural-historical technological museum that presents technical developments in their interactions with social, economic, and political history.

Museum für Naturkunde

Is a natural history museum and houses over 30 million specimens of zoological, paleontological, and mineralogical species, including more than ten thousand type specimens.

Neues Museum

The Neues Museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built-in classicist and neo-Renaissance style. It houses the Egyptian collection and the Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Prehistory and Protohistory, and part of the Collection of Antiquities.

About the Training Centre in Berlin

We are located in:

  • Rigaer Straße 4, 10247 Berlin, Germany
  • Voigtstraße 1, 10247 Berlin, Germany

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