Berlin is a city full of history and culture and offers plenty of free attractions for visitors. Here’s a list of five of the most popular tourist attractions you can visit for free in one day:
1. Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor): It is an iconic historic gate, a symbol of Berlin, and a must-see for any visitor. Built in the 18th century, the Brandenburg Gate has witnessed many important moments in history, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
2. Checkpoint Charlie: This former border crossing between the American and Soviet sectors of Berlin is an important site in Cold War history. An outdoor exhibition at the corner of Schützenstraße and Zimmerstraße tells the story of those who failed and those who succeeded in escaping from East Berlin.
3. Reichstag: The German parliament building is another iconic attraction in Berlin. The neo-baroque construction dates back to 1894, and in 1933, it was damaged in a fire. After the fall of the wall, the building was completely restored, and today, visitors can tour the rooftop terrace and dome. Entry is free, but you need to register in advance on the official website.
4. Alexanderplatz: A bustling center of the city, Alexanderplatz Square is full of shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the Television Tower and the Weltzeituhr clock. Named after Tsar Alexander I, who visited the Prussian capital in 1805, most people simply call it “Alex.”
5. Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer): The Berlin Wall is a symbol of the city’s recent history and of the entire world. Built during the Cold War to separate the communist east of Berlin from the democratic west, the wall was a mark of division and oppression for decades. Today, you can see restored sections of the wall, checkpoints, and memorials commemorating the victims and heroism of those who tried to escape the communist regime.
If you want to learn more interesting details about Berlin, read our article about a city-break in the capital of Germany.