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Berlin’s building boom

Despite a construction boom; remnants of Eastern bloc regulation; high levels of public housing; and heavy World War II bombing, Berlin still boasts some wonderful architecture well worth seeing.

Wandering through Berlin, it’s easy to see how the appearance of the city today is largely a direct result of the tumultuous role it played in 20th Century Germany.

The other key influence is an astonishing building boom that, for the past few years, has produced a skyline of cranes and literally thousands of construction sites across the city.

Despite all this, Berlin still has some remarkable architecture and incredible attractions.

Here are some of our favourites:

Brandenburg Gate

An iconic landmark of Berlin and Germany, the Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch that stands in the western edge of the city centre in the Mitte borough.

It marks an historic gateway to Berlin.IMG_0002

Altes Museum

Berlin’s oldest museum is located in the UNESCO-listed heritage site known as Museum Island.

It was built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Prussia’s most influential architect – and houses the city’s Classical Antiquities collection.

Completed in 1830, the Altes Museum is one of the most important buildings of the Neoclassical era. An inscription on the striking building reads: ‘Friedrich Wilhelm III has dedicated this museum to the study of all antiquities and the free arts, 1828’.IMG_0036

Humboldt University

One of Berlin’s oldest universities, this prestigious institution was founded on 15 October 1810[5] as the University of Berlin by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt

The university has produced 29 nobel prize winners.

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Berliner Dom

Berlin Cathedral is located on Museum Island. Sitting in he River Spree, the island houses five museums built between 1830 and 1930 and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

The Cathedral was finished in 1905, but its eye-catching dome was all but destroyed by bombing in the Second World War.

It is an impressive building and a ‘must-see’ on any visit to the German capital.

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Berlin State Opera

Berlin State Opera is on the Unter den Linden boulevard in the Mitte borough. Construction of the original building on the site began in July 1741.

On August 18, 1843 the building was destroyed by fire and then rebuilt only to be badly damaged again in the Second World War.IMG_0320

This a sample only of Berlin’s architectural attractions.

Visitors to this vibrant city would be wise to also spend time at the Reichstag building; Charlottenburg Palace; the Fernsehturm (TV tower), at Alexanderplatz in Mitte; Alexanderplatz in general; and the city’s many fine museums and memorials.

About Ian Roberts (255 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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