The only pandas in Germany, now on display at Zoo Berlin

The oldest zoo in Germany, which has been, until 2012, the home of the oldest male captive panda in the world, has recently welcomed a pair of giant pandas who have gone on display on 6 July. A Chinese festival has been organized at Zoo Berlin to mark the meeting between Meng Meng, Jiao Qing and the enthusiastic…

The oldest Buddhist temple in Europe, still open in northern Berlin

In the heart of Europe, in the colourful, artistic, cosmopolitan, loud and uninhibited Berlin, a curios traveller can discover many interesting sites. But, maybe, one of the things one expects least to see in the German capital is a Buddhist temple. Das Buddhistische Haus is a small Buddhist complex located in Frohnau, a locality in the extreme north of Berlin,…

Carnival of Cultures Berlin 2017

Karneval der Kulturen, or Carnival of Cultures, is a four-day annual urban festival, with a free and open program, celebrating diversity. Music and dance groups, DJs, street food producers, traditional clothes and handicrafts merchants from all continents come together to bring life and color to several streets in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin. The carnival has been held…

Water everywhere / nor any drop to waste

  Crossed by Spree, Havel, Dahme, Panke and Wuhle rivers, as well as by six canals, Berlin has more than 180 km of navigable waterways and 150 km of non-navigable waters (according to the city’s official tourism website). There are five times as many bridges here as Venice, around 2,100, and a variety of ways in which one…

Best time to visit the largest adventure animal park in Europe

With an area of of 160 hectares, Tierpark Berlin is home for more than 9000 exotic animals, has plenty of differently landscaped vegetation and allot of ground to cover, which makes it the perfect pastime for spring and summer days in Berlin. The Tierpark Berlin is one of the two zoos located in the German capital and it was founded…

Artistic signs about antisemitism in a formerly Jewish quarter

The Bavarian quarter, a part of Schöneberg neighborhood of central-southern Berlin, was home to more than 16,000 Jews in the pre-Nazi era.  At the turn of the 20th century the quarter quickly evolved from village-like settlement to upper-middle class suburb, as a result of the industrial expansion. It bloomed with elegant architecture (Wilhelmine style) and effervescent social life. Many…

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church – ruins preserved as a reminder of the war

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a memorial against war and destruction situated on the Kurfürstendamm, in the center of the Breitscheidplatz of Berlin. It is made up of the ruins of a church destroyed during World War II, as well as of a modern church building. The original church, built in the 1890s, was severely damaged in a bombing…

Museum Island – home to the legendary bust of Nefertiti

  The Museum Island of Berlin is a UNESCO World Heritage complex made up of five world renowned museums which are located in a picturesque area surrounded by water in the center of the city. It is home to the legendary bust of Nefertiti, to the breathtaking Pergamon Altar and to other amazing works, including many from Ancient…

Potsdamer Platz – modern, cosmopolitan, night-life district

A wasteland crossed by the Berlin Wall before the reunification, the Potsdamer Platz area of Berlin (Potsdamer Square and surrounding streets) has evolved into a very appealing tourism attraction, especially for foreigners. The streets are adorned with modern skyscrapers, shopping centers and cafes,  it has a German movie stars ”walk of fame”, cinemas (one of them…

Berlin Botanical Garden, visited by half a million people every year

Located in  Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough in southwestern Berlin, the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden displays a collection of 22,000 plant species on 43 hectares of land, divided into three sections: the Arboretum (woody plants and roses), plant formations from similar geographical regions from around the world and systematic botany with around 1500 species of plants. Comprising also an impressive art nouveau Tropical…

Alexanderplatz – Germany’s largest square

  Located in the Mitte district of Berlin, near the iconic TV Tower,  Alexanderplatz is the largest public square in Berlin and in the whole Germany, according to the city’s tourism website. Named after Tsar Alexander I, who visited the Prussian capital in 1805, it served many purposes in its history. It was a military parade and…

Checkpoint Charlie – best known Berlin Wall crossing point

Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best known  crossing point between West and East Berlin, during the Cold War. It was a border crossing of the wall that divided the city for almost 30 years. After the reunification of Germany, Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction as, for may years, it stood for…

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a place of remembrance consisting of a 19,000 square meters site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or “stelae”, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 m. An attached underground…

Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of German reunification

The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor in German) is an 18th-century neoclassical monument built, on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II, on the site of a former city gate marking the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg. Later on, the impressive gate came to symbolise Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West – and, since the fall of the Wall, it became the…

The Reichstag – historical building with a view

The Reichstag  is one of the city’s most significant historical buildings. It was completed in 1894 and modelled after the Memorial Hall in Philadelphia. It is the home of the German parliament and has a beautiful glass dome and a roof terrace, both accessible to visitors. Its iconic dedication, to “the German People” (Dem Deutschen Volke ) was…