The Brandenburg Gate , symbol of Berlin, of German division and reunification, is the most famous building in the city.
– just to name the most important attractions. Opposite the Berlin Cathedral at the Lustrarte and the grandiose ensemble of magnificent classical buildings on the Museum Island, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can see the expanse of the Schloss Platz, on which the reconstruction of the City Palace is planned.
East of the Spree, the boulevard continues as Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse. Passing the Neptune Fountain , St. Mary’s Church and the majestic Red Town Hall , you reach Alexander Platz . With its cool but impressive high-rise buildings, it was and is the urban center of East Berlin, towered over by the 365 meter high television tower, the tallest building in the city.
The elegant Friedrichstraße invites you to shop and stroll through boutiques and classy department stores. It leads south to the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie and north to Oranienburger Straße. This district has developed into a lively nightlife district, which is overlooked by the gold-decorated dome of the New Synagogue . One should not miss a visit to the lively cultural center Tacheles , which has settled in the ruins of a magnificent department store. Exclusive and unusual shops, chic cocktail bars and ramshackle backyard romance meet in and near the Hackesche Höfe . Around the Schiffbauerdamm, near the Deutsches Theater, Charité-Klinik and the new parliament and government district (see Tiergarten ), you often meet international political celebrities. Outstanding personalities such as Hegel , Brecht and Berlin’s master builder Schinkel are buried in the famous Dorotheenstadt cemetery .
South of Unter den Linden/Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, Mitte has a lot to offer: right behind the Rotes Rathaus, the reconstructed Nikolaiviertel has retained the charm of a small town from the 18th century. Not far from the striking dome of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral is the Gendarmenmarkt designed by Schinkel with the playhouse, German and French cathedrals, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Potsdamer Platz , one of the focal points of Berlin, stretches between the Mitte and Tiergarten districts.