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Berlin in 20 Photos

Let’s continue our photographic tour of the world’s greatest cities, shall we?

It’s been a while since Caroline and I visited Berlin. It’s been almost three years to be precise.

My aunt and uncle live in the German capital and when we were city hopping around Western Europe, we really couldn’t skip Berlin. I’ve heard so many good things about the city and architecture- and landmark-wise it totally lived up to my expectations. The downside of our visit was the weather though. Visiting in January may not have been the best idea; it rained a lot and it was overcast most of the time. Berlin is one of the greenest cities in the world, but we didn’t see any of that. We’ll definitely have to go back in summer.

We were lucky to be guided around by locals – that is, my aunt and uncle – who were able to show us all major highlights of the city, as well as few beautiful less-known corners.

Berlin has a lot going for it. In addition to being a super-green city, it is also one of the world’s party centers, it is steeped in history and home to an overwhelming number of historic sites. During our visit we merely touched upon those highlights. It gave us a taste of what the city is like and I’m definitely hungry for more.

Because it’s been a few years, the photos in this post may be dated. They do fulfill their purpose, though, which is offering a first impression of the city of Berlin.

Berlin in 20 Photos

Potsdamer Platz in Berlin
Potsdamer Platz was once one of Europe’s busiest crossings. It now consists of ultra-modern buildings
The Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz
The futuristic Sony Center is an entertainment complex on Potsdamer Platz, featuring an office building, an IMAX theater and cafés and restaurants
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
The monumental 18th-century Brandenburg Gate was built as a symbol of peace and is now mainly a symbol of a reunited Berlin
Charlottenburg Palace
Situated in Berlin’s Charlottenburg District, Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in the city
The Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse
The 220-meter-long section of the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse. On the right you can see a small part of the so-called Death Strip; the Berlin Wall Memorial Site is visible on the left
Olympiastadion in Berlin
The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1936 Summer Olympics, in which African-American Jesse Owens dominated the track and field competitions and annoyed Hitler
The Holocaust Memorial
The humbling Holocaust Memorial is located near the site where Hitler’s bunker used to stand and consists of more than 2,700 featureless gray stones
The gray stones of the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin
Walking through the Holocaust Memorial on a rainy afternoon will certainly leave an impression on you
The Rotes Rathaus or Red Town Hall
The huge red-brick Rotes Rathaus, or Red Town Hall in English, is the city hall of Berlin and has a striking tower
Section of the Berlin Wall
Remaining sections of the Berlin Wall can be seen at various places in the city
World Time Clock at Alexanderplatz in Berlin
Alexanderplatz has been the center of the city since the Middle Ages and now features landmarks such as the 365-meter-high Fernsehturm, one of the tallest structures in Europe, and the famous World Time Clock
Canal through the Museum Island
Many people don’t know it, but Berlin is criss-crossed by canals. In fact, with 1,700 bridges, Berlin has more bridges than Venice! This is a picture of the Museum Island
'My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love' at the East Side Gallery
‘My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love’ is one of the most famous graffiti paintings on the Berlin Wall. It is located at the East Side Gallery and depicts the famed embrace between Brezhnev and Honecker
Alexa Shopping Center, Berlin
The Alexa Shopping Center is located in the east of the city center near Alexanderplatz
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie, the former U.S. Army checkpoint is now neighbored by a McDonald’s
The Berliner Dom
The Berliner Dom is an imposing Baroque cathedral located on an island in the River Spree
Buildings lining the Gendarmenmarkt
The Gendarmenmarkt is a stunning harmonious square, created in the 17th century, lined with beautiful buildings
French Cathedral on the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
The French Cathedral is one of two almost identical churches on opposite ends of the Gendarmenmarkt. Another landmark is the Concert Hall, which is located between the two churches
The KaDeWe, Europe's largest department store
The KaDeWe, short for Kaufhaus des Westens, is the largest department store in continental Europe
The Reichstag in Berlin
Arguably the most well-known building in all of Berlin, the Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament

You can find more of my photos in my travel photography portfolio.

Did you ever visit Berlin? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
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  • Nice choise! Berlin is a great city – we’ve been there for three times and there is still so much to explore!!!

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