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Weekend in Berlin - 360° Interactive Tour of 12 Hotspots

One of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, Berlin is an interesting fusion of western European culture and old eastern history. Divided by the Berlin wall, the city was formerly two cities - West and East Berlin - and unified from only 1991. Remnants of the wall and Berlin's past can still be seen throughout the city, making it a fascinating and varied destination.

Reichstag Building
Berlin's Reichstag building is one of the city's most symbolic architectures, originally constructed in 1894. Over the years the Reichstag has required several renovations due to disaster and damage to keep this historical landmark alive. At present this building is now home to the German parliament; members of the public can also visit certain sections, including the newer and futuristic looking large glass dome - which showcases 360-degree views of the surrounding Berlin cityscape.

Holocaust Memorial
The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is an important dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust which was a cruel act of genocide implicated by Nazi Germany. The memorial itself holds the names of about 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims and was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold which was completed in 2004.This tribute is also open to members of the public who can walk among the stelae.

Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburgh Gate is probably one of Berlin's most well-known and iconic sights, it is an 18th-century neoclassical monument and the only surviving historical city gate, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II back in 1788 which was later completed in 1791. The Brandenburgh Gate is a popular spot and makes for a great photo oppurtunity.

Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is a reminder of the former border crossing, on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße. An extremely popular subject for photos - The barrier, checkpoint booth, the flag and the sandbags are all based on the original site, a point of interest in Berlin you really should see.

Berliner Fernsehturm
Rising high over the city the Berliner Fernsehturm is a 368 metre high television tower in central Berlin, built between 1965–69 by the government and has now become somewhat of a popular structure to visit in the city. Members of the public can actually enjoy the stunning panoramic 360 views from the viewing platform.

East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is an open-air gallery in Berlin, home to a 1316 metre long stretch of what was part of the orginal Berlin Wall, which has now been transformed into a series of art and painted murals.

Victory Column
The Victory Column is a major tourist attraction in the city of Berlin which has a viewing platform over the city. The monument itself has been relocated since it was constructed, as it orginally stood in Platz der Republik and was in front of the Reichstag for a short while, then the Nazis relocated the column to its present site at the Großer Stern (Great Star), a large intersection in the city.

Sculpture at Kurfürstendamm
Firstly unveiled by the husband and wife sculpting team in 1985, Martin Matschinsky and Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff were a German artist-couple known for their monumental abstract sculptures. You will find the Berlin sculpture on Kurfürstendamm - which is one of the cities most famous avenues perfect for shopping and grabbing a bite to eat (considered the Champs-Élysées of Berlin).

Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum
Berlin's Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum hosts an area of 43 hectares and is home to around 22,000 different species of plant. Under the guidance of architect Adolf Engler between 1897-1910 this botanical patch was made to present exotic plants returned from German colonies. A delightful green space to visit in Berlin's city centre.

German Historical Museum
The German Historical Museum, otherwise known as DHM (Deutsches Historisches Museum) is a building devoted to German History, housed in two architecturally stunning buildings - the Zeughaus, the most important preserved Baroque building in Berlin and I.M. Pei, a highly modern building immediately behind it.

Spree
The Spree is a river that flows through the Saxony, Brandenburg and Berlin states of Germany as well as the Ustecky region of the Czech Republic. In length the river is approximately 400 kilometres and is the river on which the original centre of Berlin was built. For holiday makers visiting Berlin, there are many boat tours available, a great way to see a lot of the cities landmarks and attractions.

Museum Island
Museum Island or Museumsinsel in German is the northern half of the island on the River Spree in the centre Mitte district of Berlin. The complex is a site of international and significant museums that was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999. Museum buildings at this location include The Altes Museum, The Neues Museum, The Alte Nationalgalerie, The Bode Museum, The Pergamon Museum and The Humboldt Forum.