As we travel Europe, our M.O. for tackling a new city has become pretty simple: enjoy it like a local. That means going where they go and doing what they do. Follow an initial lead, get a tip for somewhere else, and we’re off and running. For the most part this seems to work out pretty nicely. But there is one problem with following locals’ leads – they don’t behave like tourists.
…and rightly so. When’s the last time you could be bothered to visited a museum or check out a historical point of interest in your own hometown? If you’re scratching your head a bit you are not alone. Since really living somewhere eventually brings about a certain level of disenchantment, this is an area where we intentionally break our own rule. Bust out the tourist hats (metaphorical or otherwise).
Berlin Tourist Attractions
Chances are that your Europe travel plans included some touristy destinations already, so this should come as no surprise. And while we do like to think that we fit in like locals in even the most unfamiliar places, there’s no doubt that some tourism is often required. Berlin is certainly no exception. The current state of the German capital is a testament to the complicated mess that is its history over the last century. World wars and radical regimes apparently leave a lasting mark. And while you’ll be sure to cross paths with droves of other sightseers, rest assured that these are no tourist traps. Carving out time for Berlin’s rich historical and cultural landmarks is key to a complete understanding of the modern city.
It goes without saying that with a history as wild as Berlin’s, there’s no shortage of fascinating tourist attractions deserving your full and undivided attention. But in keeping with a cherished pillar of what it means to be German, we ain’t about to waste any time in the process. There are lots of things one could make oneself busy with while in the German capital, but we’ve compiled a list of what we deem to be the most essential cultural spots in the city. To get you fully saturated in Berlin’s incomparable history, we’ve included stops from the very beginnings of Prussian-era monarchies like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berliner Dom, to more recent soviet-influenced additions like the Berlin Wall and Fernsehturm.