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…

Charlottenburg – the largest palace in Berlin

Located in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough of central-west Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace was a royal summer residence, named after Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen consort of Prussia, and built between 1695 and 1713. Today it is the largest palace in Berlin and its beautifully landscaped grounds, watered by Carp Pond and surrounded by a wooded area, are one of the most popular parks in…

Memorial sites and traces of the Berlin Wall

The wall that divided Berlin for almost 30 years marked a dark period in the history of the German people and its fall, in 1989, was celebrated by people coming form all over the world. The Wall was cut into pieces and sent in over 30 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. However, some…

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,…