Historic sites in Berlin

For those seeking to discover this famous city, there’s an amazing selection of historic sites in Berlin to explore. Our Berlin historic sites map will help you get underway, along with our selection of some of the best historical places Berlin has to offer.

The modern city of Berlin was first noted in the early 13th century, its humble origin as a small settlement meant it was of little importance at the time. However, its excellent location led to a slow and gradual growth right through the middle ages. Berlin became a member of the Hanseatic League and was the seat of the electors of Brandenburg. By the 18th century the city was one of the most important political and cultural centres of the region and, with German reunification in the 19th century, Berlin became the capital of the German Empire in 1871. World War Two brought destruction and devastation to the city and, during the Cold War that followed, Berlin became a vital pressure point in this ideological struggle.

Today, the city is a fascinating modern metropolis which still boasts a vast array of historical attractions and there's simply loads to see in Berlin. From the remains of the Berlin Wall to the famous Brandenburg Gate and moving memorial to the Holocaust, the city provides an array of interesting things to visit.

Once you’ve explored the historic sites of Berlin you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. Our database of Berlin’s historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other historic sites in Berlin, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Berlin: Site Index

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Berlin Stasi Prison

An infamous East German prison which operated during the Cold War, the Berlin Stasi Prison is a memorial to those who were persecuted there.

The Berlin Stasi Prison, also known as the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, was an infamous East German prison run by the East German Ministry of State Security (the Stasi) during the Cold War. Originally a canteen, in 1945 the Berlin Stasi Prison site became a detainment camp named 'Special Camp No. 3' run... Read More

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Berlin Wall

One of the most famous historic sites in Berlin, the Berlin Wall split the city and was a dramatic symbol of the ideological struggle of the Cold War.

The Berlin Wall was an 87 mile long concrete barrier between East and West Berlin, a symbol of the Cold War and an embodiment of the so-called ‘Iron Curtain’ between eastern and western Europe. Originally just a barbed wire fence erected within 24 hours on 13 August 1961, a more robust,... Read More

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Berliner Dom

Built in the early 20th century, during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Berliner Dom is an impressive cathedral and was the church of the German monarchy.

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is an early twentieth century cathedral built during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Constructed between 1894 and 1905, ornate and crowned with an imposing dome, Berliner Dom contains the Hohenzollern royal crypt which is the final resting place of, amongst around a hundred others, Frederick William... Read More

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Brandenburg Gate

Among the most popular historic sites in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is a Romanesque structure modelled on the ancient gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate is a famous landmark in Berlin built between 1788 and 1791 which once served as a city gateway. Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia it stood in the entrance to boulevard Unter den Linden, which led to the city palace. The Brandenburg Gate was designed by... Read More

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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was a prominent symbol of the Cold War and is among the best-known historical sites in Berlin. Today the original gate is in the Allied Museum and a replica stands on the site.

Checkpoint Charlie was an important crossing point in the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie were prominent symbols of the Cold War. At the time, West Berlin was controlled by the American, British and French forces and East Berlin... Read More

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German Resistance Memorial Centre

A lesser known historic site in Berlin, the German Resistance Memorial Centre is a monument and museum to those Germans who fought against the Nazis.

The German Resistance Memorial Centre or “Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand” in Berlin in Germany is a monument and museum to those who fought against the National Socialist government led by Adolf Hitler – the Nazis – before and during World War II. In particular, it commemorates the attempted assassination of Hitler... Read More

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Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

One of the most infamous of all historical attractions in Berlin, the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz was the site where the Nazis planned the Holocaust. Today the site hosts a moving memorial to these terrible events.

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz was the site of the infamous Wannsee Conference in which the Nazis planned how to carry out the “Final Solution”, the plan to murder the Jewish population of Eastern Europe. On 20 January 1942, fifteen senior members of the Nazi government and of the SS met at Haus... Read More

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Jewish Museum - Berlin

The Jewish Museum in Berlin examines the history of the German Jewish community over the course of 2,000 years. It examines all aspects of the history of Jews in Germany set our through chronological presentations.

The Jewish Museum in Berlin in Germany chronicles the history of German Jews over the course of two millennia. Housed in an incredibly modern building, the Berlin Jewish Museum displays historical objects, documents, photographs, multimedia presentations and even computer games relating to different periods of Jewish history and culture. The exhibitions... Read More

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

A popular tourist attraction, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a famous Berlin landmark dedicated to Kaiser William I.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a Romanesque style church which was originally built in the 1890’s and dedicated to Kaiser William I by his grandson Kaiser William II. Although the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was severely damaged in a bombing raid in 1943, during World War II, remnants of its original architecture... Read More

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Reichstag

The Reichstag Building is the seat of the German parliament and was previously the building used by the German government and Weimar Republic. Guided tours are available, but must be booked well in advance.

The Reichstag Building started its life in 1894, when it served as the seat of the German Parliament, then known as the Reichstag. Designed by architect Paul Wallot during the reign of Emperor Wilhelm I, the Reichstag building contained several pioneering architectural elements, including a steel and glass copula... Read More

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The Altes Museum

Hosting a range of ancient collections, the Altes Museum is one of the most popular historic sites in Berlin and is part of the National Museum.

The Altes Museum is part of Germany’s National Museum and is located in Berlin. Displaying part of the National Museum’s collection of classical antiquities, even the building of the Altes Museum has been built in a style inspired by Ancient Greece. One of the main collections at the Altes Museum is... Read More

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The Berlin Flak Tower

One of the more hidden historic sites of Berlin, the Berlin Flak Tower is a World War II anti-aircraft station and bunker built to protect the city from aerial attack.

The Berlin Flak Tower in Humboldthain Park is a seven storey bunker originally built under Hitler’s orders to protect Berlin from aerial attacks during the Second World War. In fact, in 1940, Hitler planned to build six such flak towers. Three flak towers were constructed and, after the war, the only... Read More

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The Holocaust Memorial - Berlin

A moving memorial in the heart of Berlin, the Holocaust Memorial is a vast granite maze covering 19,000 square metres which commemorates the European Jews murdered by the Nazis.

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, is an installation commemorating the genocide of the Jewish people perpetrated under Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The Holocaust was an attempt by Hitler to exterminate the Jews and any other people who he considered... Read More

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The Neues Museum

Part of Germany’s National Museum, the Neues Museum has a huge collection of pre-historic, Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek artefacts. It is one of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Neues Museum in Berlin is part of Germany’s National Museum and, following a reconstruction project, is now the home of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History. Within the Neues Museum’s Ancient Egyptian collection, one of its most... Read More

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The Pergamon Museum

An interesting historic site in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum displays ancient artefacts as well as a collection of Islamic art.

The Pergamon Museum is a large and varied museum in Berlin housing three different exhibitions. One of the collections at the Pergamon Museum is part of the Classical Antiquities, known as the Antikensammlung. This collection includes mostly Greek and some Roman pieces ranging from jewellery to sarcophagi, sculptures and even remains... Read More