Earlier this week (May 14), at Toronto’s boutique Broadview Hotel, Visit Berlin showcased what’s up and coming for this year and 2020.
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This year, November will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Celebrations, events and city-wide festivals will be held between November 4-10th, 2019, and will transform the city into a unique open-air exhibition and event location. Click here for more details.
A must-visit is the Humboldt Forum/Berlin City Palace, which has been under construction since 2013 and will re-open as a museum in early 2020 with three new historical façades, an inner courtyard, house the Humboldt Forum and be a place dedicated to showcase various world cultures and diversities.
This has been a remarkable undertaking with plans for the initial opening to coincide with the 250th birthday of Alexander von Humboldt. Check out images here.
A cultural hotspot
I visited Berlin recently and stayed around the Alexanderplatz area, which is walking distance to Museum Island, one of my favorite places to visit and explore.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of five museums offering a wide variety art and history, from ancient cultures to nineteenth-century paintings including the legendary bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
Later this year, the planned opening of the James-Simon Galerie will showcase a David Chipperfield-designed entrance building to the five-museum complex, which will serve as the main entrance to the Ancient Architectures Tour.
In 2018, visitors and stays to Berlin were on the rise at 13.5 million visitors (up four per cent) and 32.9 million overnight stays (up 5.5 per cent). Berlin is especially popular with international tourists with 5.4 million visitors from abroad (up 5.9 per cent), spending 15.1 million nights in the city (up 7.9 per cent). After showing signs of slowing in 2017, this figure rose by 9.3 per cent in 2018.
On a LGBTQ note, St. Christopher’s Day (the pride parade) is July 27, 2019. Berlin is one of those city’s that welcomes visitors from around the world and embraces diversity and a sense of freedom to be who you are! For more info, click here.
Need help planning your Berlin adventure? Here at 12 must-see sights!
An historic edifice built in 1894 meant to house the German parliament (Reichstag). The building was the target of an arson attack just three weeks after Adolf Hitler was sworn into office in 1933. IThe building was also a primary target for air raids during the Battle of Berlin in 1945. In 1999 it was fully reconstructed, and now serves as the modern-day meeting place for German parliament once more.
Located in the western city centre of Berlin, the Brandenburg gate is an 18th century monument that marks the start of the road into Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. During the revolutions and uprising between East and West Germany in 1989, the gate remained as a symbol of peace.
An island with five unique museums in the heart of Berlin: Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum), Bode-Museum, Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Altes Museum (Old Museum).
Kurfüstendamm and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
The Kurfüstendamm is essentially the Champs-Élysées of Berlin—it's one of the most famous avenues in the whole city, and it's lined with restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, and hotels. Memorial Church was built in 1893 and heavily damaged in 1943; it's been rebuilt but the damaged spire and ground floor are now a memorial.
East Side Gallery
Open-air gallery featuring more than 105 paintings and murals painted on the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, the site consists of 2, 711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid. A plaque contains the names of the approximately three million Jewish Holocaust victims. Before the Second World War, Berlin had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, and was built on the former section of the Berlin Wall known as the "Death Strip".
Hackescher Markt with Hackesche Courtyards
Eight interconnected courtyards full of restaurants, and a great spot for events in the city.
The best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947–1991).
Europe's largest Jewish Museum
Alexanderplatz/ TV Tower
An iconic landmark that still broadcasts television and radio programs, but also includes an observation deck and rotating restaurant.
Unter den Linden Boulevard
A major boulevard in the central Mitte district that links plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
Potsdamer Platz / Kulturforum
A collection of cultural buildings in West Berlin.
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