Quite possibly one of the coolest cities in Europe, Berlin is somewhere I can easily envision myself returning to to live in one day. I spent a day here to discover some of the most iconic and well-known historical spots of the city. Flights to Berlin are short and simple from most destinations across Europe; I arrived with Lufthansa.
Hotspot 1: Berlin Wall
One of the most well-known and recognized structures in the world, the Berlin Wall is a great place to begin the historical ventures of the city. From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall divided the city into East Berlin and West Berlin during the height of the Cold War. The remains of the walls that weren't destroyed when the wall first came down have since been preserved and are now covered in colourful memories and murals.
Hotspot 2: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Peter Eisenman created this stunning structure in memory of Holocaust victims. The memorial contains 2,711 columns which you can wander between in an effort to provide a moving experience and be reminded of the sad history the anonymous columns represent.
Hotspot 3: Brandenburg Gate
One of the most photographed spots in the city, Brandenburg Gate was built to represent peace in Germany. There are some delightful cafes around the square where you can stop in for a coffee with a view. Try Cafe Einstein for a delicious coffee and breakfast spread.
Hotspot 4: Reichstag
The Reichstag was built in 1894, and then during Hitler's time, a fire damaged parts of it in a very controversial arson attack. If you have time, a 360-degree glass dome offers beautiful views of all of Berlin.
Hotspot 5: Checkpoint Charlie
This was the most well-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, while crossings were still allowed in the early years of the wall. Be warned, they charge to take photos, and extra for costumes.
Hotspot 6: The Victory Column
This statue commemorates the Danish-Prussian War in 1864. “Golden Lizzy” sits on top, a bronze addition after the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. The massive road leading up to it is worth a wander too.