Berlin advertises with the slogan to be 365/24: On all 365 days of the year, the city offers its guests a round-the-clock travel destination. Not for nothing do around twelve million tourists come to the metropolis on the Spree every year. But even measured in smaller steps, the German capital has plenty of discoveries to offer all visitors.
One of the city's landmarks and a symbol of modern German history is the Brandenburg Gate. The building, erected in 1791, stands on Berlin's famous street "Unter den Linden". The Alexanderplatz with the television tower is located in the city centre in the immediate vicinity. With a height of 368 metres, it is the highest building in the city and offers its visitors an impressive 360-degree panorama with a view at the nearest of the numerous excursion destinations.
Berlin also stands for a change of glittering epochs and dark times. Even after the construction boom of the 1990s, numerous traces can still be found of the city's eventful history, its destruction, reconstruction, division and reunification. A whole series of museums and memorials are places of remembrance.
The Gendarmenmarkt is certainly one of Berlin's most beautiful historical squares. With the concert hall designed by Schinkel and the German and French cathedrals, three architectural highlights of the city are in the immediate vicinity. Nearby is Friedrichstraße, one of the exclusive shopping addresses in Berlin-Mitte. Berlin's most popular shopping street, Kurfürstendamm, can be found at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. In addition to numerous brand shops and fashion chains, there is also the KaDeWe, the largest department store on the European mainland.
Berlin's museums are among Europe's most important cultural centres. Over 175 collections and museums present a wide range of important parts of the world's cultural heritage. Berlin's Museum Island is one of the best-known addresses. The historic ensemble near Alexanderplatz is home for one of the world's most important museum complexes and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a visit to the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the National Gallery and the Coin Cabinet, you should plan a corresponding time budget.