Brandenburg Gate 🏛️
The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most important monuments, a landmark and symbol with over two hundred years of history. King Frederick William II commissioned the large sandstone gate as a dignified conclusion of the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden. The gate is widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings of classicism. It was built between 1788 and 1791 based on designs by Carl Gotthard Langhans the Elder, who was strongly inspired by the Propylaea of the Athenian Acropolis. Two years after the Brandenburg Gate was completed, the so-called Quadriga – a chariot pulled by four horse – was placed on the roof of the gate.
Charlottenburg Palace 🏰
Charlottenburg Palace is a richly faceted setting of royal garden design, which aims to inspire its visitors and provide them some relief from the capital city’s hectic pace. Its creation began in 1695, guided by the clever and worldly electress, Sophia Charlotte. She commissioned Siméon Godeau, a pupil of the famous court gardener of Versailles, André Le Nôtre, to lay out the most modern garden in the German-speaking world. Thereafter, she was able to travel by water in majestic pleasure yachts from the Berlin Palace to Charlottenburg, where she enjoyed celebrations with music, dance and fireworks, or philosophized with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, while strolling through the rare and majestic arrays of flowers in the gardens.
The Reichstag is a historic building in Berlin which houses the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament. It was constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged after being set on fire.
Berlin Dom ⛪
The magnificent dome of the Cathedral Church (Berliner Dom) is one of the main landmarks in Berlin’s cityscape – and marks the spot of the impressive basilica housing the city’s most important Protestant church. With its elaborate decorative and ornamental designs, the church interior is especially worth seeing.
Yet although the church is known as a cathedral, it actually has the status of a parish church – though not just any parish. This was a representative stage for the Hohenzollern dynasty, the rulers of Prussia and later the German Emperors.
Today, as the High Parish and Cathedral Church, the church serves the Protestant community in Berlin and the surrounding areas. The congregation is not based on place of residence, but open through admission to all baptised Protestants in the region.
View over the River Spree to Nikolaiviertel and Alexanderplatz. The Nikolaiviertel is the reconstructed historical heart of the German capital Berlin. The Nikolaikirche (Saint Nicholas Church) gives its name to the neighbourhood five minutes away from Alexanderplatz. The Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm the Rotes Rathaus, the town hall of Berlin.
Neuschwanstein Castle 🏰
Neuschwanstein was built for the Bavarian king Ludwig II (1845 – 1886); it was begun in 1868 but never fully completed. The king saw his castle as a monument to the culture and concept of monarchy prevailing in the Middle Ages, which he greatly admired and wanted to recreate. Built and furnished in medieval styles but equipped with the latest technology of the day, it is the most famous historicist building in the world.
Before he built Disneyland, Walt Disney and his wife Lillian toured Europe, including a stop at the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Disney was so impressed with the skyscraping turrets and towers of the faux-Romanesque structure that he used it as the model for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the centerpiece of Disneyland and now the ubiquitous logo of Walt Disney Pictures.