The historic center of Berlin, today's quarter Berlin-Mitte, is full of history: Politics, social conflicts, wars, crimes as well as the united power of the average people have shaped this quarter like not many other. Our Peryscope Walking Tour When is Ben takes you on a scavenger hunt through Berlin's history and present. Along the way, dozens of Berlin-Mitte attractions are waiting to be explored. Here are the top sights we recommend you to see before, after or during your Peryscope walking tour!
The best sights on your walking tour in Berlin-Mitte
Berlin Palace / Humboldt-Forum
Berlin Palace has an eventful history - originally built in the 15th century, it was demolished by the East German authorities after World War II for ideological reasons. The German parliament decided to rebuild the historic palace in 2013 and it was finally finished in 2020. Behind the historic facades you find a modern building that houses the Humboldt Forum (named after the German scholars Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt), featuring exhibitions on Berlin, Ethnology and Asian Art.
- Admission: Free / some exhibitions with entrance fee.
- Opening hours: 10am - 8pm. Friday / Saturday: 10am - 10pm.
- Address: Schlossplatz 1
- Website Humboldtforum
The Fernsehturm Berlin (Berlin Television Tower) is with 368m height the highest Building in Germany. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany and offers a magnificient view over the city of Berlin. Inside, a bar and restaurant serve their guests in 203m height. Originally built in the East German DDR, it meanwhile became a symbol for the reunited city of Berlin.
- Admission: Adults: 21,50€. Reduced: 17,20€. Children: 11,50€ (ages 0-3 free).
- Opening hours: November-March 10am - 10pm. April-October: 9am - 11pm.
- Address: Panoramastraße 1A
- Website Fernsehturm Berlin
The Museumsinsel is an ensemble of museums along the Spree river in Berlin-Mitte and is one of the most remarkable museum complexes in Europe. It consists of the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode-Museum and the Pergamonmuseum. You surely can't see it all in one go, so choose whatever exhibition is most appealing to you. The James-Simon-Gallery serves as a central visitor information centre for the Museumsinsel. It is a perfect start to get an overview of the houses, their exhibitions and to buy the ticket you want to go for.
- Admission: Varies between museums.
- Opening hours: Varies between museums
- Address: Museumsinsel Berlin
- Website Museumsinsel Berlin
Brandenburger Tor / Siegessäule
Needless to say, the Brandenburger Tor is the most well-known sight and symbol of the city of Berlin. Once a remarkable sight of the border between West and East Berlin, it now is a symbol of reunited Germany. Once you're there, you can also take a peek at the nearby Siegessäule on your walking tour through Berlin-Mitte.
The Nikolaiviertel is a beautiful quarter in Berlin-Mitte that is definitely worth a stroll. Small alleys, cozy houses - the Nikolaiviertel is a bit of a time travel into Old-Berlin, how it used to be back then. Only the sight of the TV tower in the sky makes you remember you are not in a small town city. The Nikolaikirche is one of the remarkable sights in the quarter. Just take a stroll and walk through the quarter, stop by at a café or restaurant and enjoy the vibes!
The Hackesche Höfe were opened in 1906. The courtyards are home to small shops and craftsmen, cultural facilities as well as apartments. The cozy atmosphere and relaxed vibes within the courtyards create a very special flair. Located right next to the square and train station Hackescher Markt, they are easy to get to and shouldn't be missed on your walk through Berlin!