“Berlin is a city condemned forever to becoming and never to being.” –Karl Scheffler, {Author of Berlin: Ein Stadtschicksal, 1910}

24-Hours in Berlin is a thing, read highlights of Berlin and discover what I got up to. Would I have wanted an extra day to explore this historically explosive city of Germany? The answer is a resounding yes as this city has so much history, the cold war springing to mind quickly. The level of brutality Jews experienced leaves something to be feared and hope it’s never replicated anywhere else. I like many others had different misconceptions about Berlin, insidertours.com certainly cleared them up.

During my 24-Hours in Berlin I was able to see more than I bargained for, happy days.Initially I had decided not to have a plan of any sort and just visit Berlin blindly. But upon my arrival I was informed of just how big this city is and having a plan helps. It was because of this that I decided to book a walking tour to explore the city on foot. After the walking tour I decided to take the tour bus to see other areas of Berlin.

24-Hours in Berlin

24-Hours in Berlin: Must See Places

Berlin like most of Germany offers you so much to feast your eyes upon as a tourist. Berlin does not boast to be a beautiful city someone once told me. But it has more history than most and has one of the best architectural buildings in Europe. The following places are what I was able to see during my 24-Hours in Berlin both on foot and tour-bus.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church {Gedächtniskirche}

A Protestant church in western part of Berlin built-in the 1890s and damaged during the World War II. The church was never rebuilt after the war, but a belfry was added besides the church. The church is located in Kurfürstendamm and is commonly known as Gedächtniskirche.

Brandenburger Tor/ The Berlin Gate 

Located in the western city centre of Berlin and is a famous monument built-in the 18th century. It was a site of major historical events and sits on the former city gate site. The Brandenburg Gate was not part of the old fortifications, but one of 18 gates within the Berlin Wall. Whilst the Gate is most closed off to vehicle traffic it is accessible by foot.

Holocaust Memorial 

It is also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe featuring 2,711 concrete slabs. The location of the Holocaust Memorial has nothing to do with murdering of the Jews but serves as a reminder.


A former market now a square in Berlin built-in 1688 which features a concert hall, a German Church and a French Church. Most of the square was badly damaged during the world war II but was fully restored, the church below is the German church.

Checkpoint Charlie

In 1961 during the Berlin Crisis, Soviet and American soldiers faced each other in a stand-off that would have led to world war III. Checkpoint Charlie or checkpoint C was a symbol of the cold war that separated East and West Berlin. Today Checkpoint charlie is a tourist attraction, it was dissolved with the Eastern Bloc during the unification of Germany.

Berliner Dom/Museum Island

Also known as Berlin Cathedral and is located on the Museum Island. The Berlin Cathedral has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop

Humboldt Universität

With over 40 Nobel prize winners coming out from this university, it is considered one of the best in Europe. It was built in 1644 as University of Berlin and if one of the oldest universities in Germany. Karl Marx (founder of marxist theory) went to school here and Albert Einstein taught there.

The president’s home, Bellevue Palace

Lies on the northern edge of Großer Tiergarten (largest park and Berlin’s oldest). It is the official home of the President of Germany. A president in Germany is a diplomatic position only and holds no powers. It is definitely worth a visit over to the Bellevue Palace.

There are so many places you can see in Berlin and I certainly saw more than I have listed above. Have you ever been to Berlin?

Read the full original post here authored by Miranda Malanga. You can visit her blog here.

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