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Visiting a big city for the first time can be quite an intimidating experience. How do you best budget your precious time? How do you make sure not to miss something important? 10best has put together a list of essential sights to aid you in your planning. They’re a mix of the iconic like the Brandenburg Gate and the lesser known like the Soviet War Memorial. We steer you both towards the bright lights of the Potsdamer Platz quarter and the heart-wrenching Holocaust Memorial. You can peek behind the Iron Curtain at the DDR (East Germany) Museum and stand next to its remnants at the Berlin Wall Memorial.
In Berlin, history stares you in the face wherever you go. Yes, the same can be said about many other cities, but there are few whose historical impact still feels relevant today. After all, it’s only been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – and with it the end of the Cold War. And since coming to terms with its Nazi past is paramount to Germans, you’ll also find plenty of sites, memorials and exhibits that ensure that this sinister chapter is not forgotten.
Whether out of inclination or necessity, Berlin is also a city that thrives on reinventing itself, making it one of the most dynamic places in Europe. If you’ve visited before, you’ll likely be surprised at the pace of change. And with big projects like the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace continuing to get off the ground, Berlin will remain an exciting place to visit for a long time to come.