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Berlin travel attractions

Berlin was the capital of Prussia already in the reign of Frederich the Great, though Germany then was but a conglomerate of independent principalities. However, under Bismarck Germany became one of the most powerful European states and Berlin was made the capital of this great empire.

Alas, tragic events of XX century didn’t spare the magnificence of this capital. In 1945 during the storm of Berlin Soviet artillery of Zhukov destroyed almost every house in the city. And after that for many decades the city was divided between East and West Germany, which slackened, or even froze, its further development. You can still feel consequences of those dramatic events.

You should start any tour of the city from Reichstag. It has long been the seat of German parliament called Bundestag, but it is open for visiting. It would very interesting to climb by a small spiral ladder up to the very dome of the building.

Near Reichstag there are some other governmental buildings, Brandenburg Gate and many other historical sites. At this point Spree makes a nice double. Generally, it is just here that you can feel the spirit of the city. At Reichstag you can also take a boat and go down the river until Berliner Dom. You can also do it on foot.

Berliner Dom is the largest protestant temple of Germany. It is located in the so-called ‘Museum Island’ where there survived a number of museum buildings built in classic German style. There are five museums in the ‘island’: Old Museum, New Museum, Pergamon-Museum, Bode-Museum, and the Old National Gallery.

To have a promenade along Unter den Linden is the best evening pastime in Berlin. The street is one of the main avenues of the city where you can admire nice houses. Since XVII century it has been almost completely planted with limes, overshadowing nice street cafes.

Sans Souci Palace is one of the most important sights of Berlin. It was commissioned by Frederich the Great in Potsdam. The palace is a low graceful construction built in rococo style. The palace is accessed by a beautiful stair flanked by vineyard terraces.

If you would to go outside Berlin and have a rest in the environs of the city, you should go to Spreewald. It is a picturesque biosphere reserve with a great number of streams which you can explore in punts or wander along wood paths. There are also small townships in the district. Lubbenau is the nicest of them.

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Reichstag in Berlin has been the seat of the German Bundestag since the end of the 19 century
Brandenburg Gate is the most famous gate of the 14 gates of the medieval Berlin
Bode Museum is in the north of the Museum Island
Colonnade at the entrance to the Altes (Old) Museum at the Museum Island in Berlin
Fountain between the Berliner Dom and the Altes (Old) Museum
Section of the Berlin Wall near the open-air exposition «Topography of Terror: Berlin 1933-1945»
Picturesque figure of Neptune and crocodiles in the fountain on the Alexanderplaz in Berlin
View on the German Government Building opposite the Reichstag on the bank of the Spree River
Under den Linden (under the linden trees) is a purlieu of Berliners 
Side portals of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Bas-relief on the portico of the Reichstag building in Berlin
The Neue Wache is a memorial for the victims of nazism in the Under den Linden
Frederick the Great Monument in the Under den Linden
Memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust near the Brandenburg Gate 
In the Under den Linden one can always take a snapshot against the background of the Brandenburg Gate
The Spree River runs between the governmental buildings
Typical style of the Berlin buildings on the embankment of the Spree River
TV tower, a church (Marienkirche) and the Neptune Fountain on the Alexanderplaz in the East Berlin
Belin Wall was 3,6 meters high, with the top of the wall lined with a smooth pipe, intended to make it more difficult to scale
Photos and documents about the life in Berlin in the reign of Gitler in 1933-1945
Berliner Dom in the embankment of the Spree River
Blooming (Japanese) cherry trees in the embankment of the Spree River near the Berliner Dom
Berliner Dom is in the Museum Island
Building of the Old National Gallery of the Museum Island was styled as an ancient temple
Façade of the Pergamon Museum overlooks the Spree River