Great Offbeat Places in Berlin

Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History

Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor

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In in search of offbeat places, Berlin is the place to start! The Brandenburger Tor is one of Germany’s most visited landmarks and an icon of the city of Berlin. During its more than 300-year history, it has played many different roles. It has been a symbol for peace, war, victory, terror and war all over (that time the cold one) and since 1989 it stands for the reunification of Germany. Here, Ronald Reagan said his famous words: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.

One particular unusual and offbeat place in Berlin is the Fernsehturm, built in the late 1960s in what used to be East Berlin. With its 368 meters it’s the tallest structure in Germany. From the observation deck you have a breathtaking view over Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), at clear visibility up to 42 kilometers. Maybe you’ve been told that the Fernsehturm is called “Telespargel” or maybe you’ve heard some other strange nicknames. Fact is: everybody just calls it “Fernsehturm”, although different political regimes and media have tried to assign one or the other nickname.

There are about 200 museums in the city, and they should not be ignored in your search for offbeat places in Berlin. You will find some of the most important ones all in one spot at the “Museumsinsel”, the Museum Island in the Spree river and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museums there mostly display important historical artifacts from antiquity such as the famous Ishtar gate of ancient Babylon or the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti. In Berlin’s Museum of Natural History you will see the world’s largest mounted dinosaur skeleton. Another very famous museum is the Jewish Museum with its spectacular building designed by Daniel Libeskind.

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Location: Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin, Germany

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