Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights this vacation? Perhaps you've got a few hours to kill between business meetings, and want to know the best stuff to see. Either way, our 10Best list should have you covered. While there are always great things to experience, there are typically things you wish you would have passed on as well. Brandenburger Tor located in the Mitte area is among our top picks for sightseeing in Berlin.

Positioned between Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden, this square was named in honor of the 1814 capture of Paris. Prior to World War II, it was flanked by embassies and was the grandest square in Berlin. Massive damage during the war and...  Read More

Since the end of Communism in 1989, this bustling eastern square has enjoyed an ongoing transformation. The railway station splits the area in half, with the Platz proper on one side and the Marx-Engels Forum and Television Tower on the other....  Read More

Hackesche Höfe

These nine interwoven business and residential courtyards were completed in 1906. After surviving both World Wars, Hackesche Höfe was completely renovated in the 1990s, making it one of Berlin's most frequented areas. Europe's largest surviving...  Read More

Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand

This fascinating educational center chronicles the resistance movement against National Socialism from 1933 to 1945 via exhibits, archival material, and events. The center also oversees a memorial honoring the nearly 3000 people murdered at the...  Read More

Perhaps one of Berlin's most solemn – and controversial – sites, the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe occupies a wide expanse between Brandenburger Tor and Potsdamer Platz. Exactly 2711 concrete slabs form a chilling grey grid over...  Read More

Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee
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This cemetery is noted as the burial site of Herbert Baum, leader of a secret Jewish resistance movement in Berlin during the rise of the Third Reich. In 1942, Baum and his supporters were arrested for burning a Nazi propaganda display. Baum...  Read More

Frederick the Great Statue

An equestrian statue of this notorious Prussian king overlooks the legendary Unter den Linden boulevard. In 1945, the statue was sent to nearby Potsdam, the city where Frederick built his monumental palace, but it was returned in 1980. Today, it...  Read More

Neue Wache

Built following the revolt against Napoleon with a design by Schinkel, Neue Wache recalls a Roman castrum. After the November Revolution of 1918, the building was vacant for several years, until serving as a World War I memorial in 1931. The...  Read More

Pariser Platz
Brandenburger Tor

Built in 1791 as a customs collection post and recalling the design of the Acropolis's Propylaea, this formidable columned structure has served as an icon of both German factionalism and solidarity. In 1961, the Wall was built and the gate...  Read More