Start your day at Brandenburger Tor. Germany’s best-known landmark, this triumphal arch is a symbol of Prussia’s many imperial victories. Turn towards Hotel Adlon, located directly across Pariser Platz, and feast your eyes on the very hotel window out of which Michael Jackson famously dangled his then-infant son “Blanket”.
After going through Brandenburg Gate turn right and make your way towards the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building. Make reservations ahead of time to tour the popular glass dome. With an incredible skyline view of Berlin, you won’t want to miss out!
Take the S-Bahn (2.70 euros) and get off at Friedrichstraße (1 stop from Hauptbanhof). Here you will walk to Museum Island and explore both landmarks and museums alike. While admiring Berliner Dom (pictured above) look at the space around you. It was here that Adolf Hitler led numerous propaganda marches and campaigns during his reign as dictator under the Nazi regime.
After exploring Berlin’s many museums (my personal favourite being Berlin’s museum of 19th and 20th century art), walk to the Jewish Quarter and admire one of the few surviving synagogues. Policed by officials, anti-Semitic acts remain a problem for both Berliners and Europeans alike. Keep your eyes on the ground and you might just find a ‘stumbling stone’: a small plaque commemorating Jewish individuals and their families.
Lost? Look at the street lights. See the above display? You’re in East Berlin.
Take the S-Bahn to Warschauer Straße. Walk along what is left of the Berlin Wall. Reflect on Berlin’s complex history, while enjoying the powerful art that has become a symbol of both ideological resistance and liberalism.
What would you do in Berlin, if you only had 24 hours?