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Berlin Cathedral, Berlin
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Don't miss a chance to see the city from the dome of Berlin Cathedral, one of the region's major landmarks. This imposing structure stands as if frozen in time centuries ago. But the building actually suffered massive damage during World War II and underwent extensive renovation in 1994. The biggest church in the city, this Renaissance building serves not only as a Protestant house of worship but also as a concert hall and a museum. Inside, you can see a lavish marble altar and royal tombs. The organ, with more than 7,000 pipes, often plays a starring role in concerts. Pick up an audio guide at the entrance, or arrange for a private tour of the cathedral before you make the trip. Put Berlin Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Berlin trip itinerary maker.
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  • Berlin is really amazing and all the time you're looking at historical monuments and magnificent buildings. The Berliner Dom is one of them and one of the most beautiful. And full of history too. Protestant cathedral, rich in its design and in its interior, recovered after fire in World War II is open to the public and has a beautiful view on its top (270 steps-seems infinite, but worth it). Impossible not to go there, too.
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  • The cathedral itself is beautiful, and the views from the top are even better. We were lucky enough to be there while an orchestra was rehearsing, and the acoustics in the cathedral were great. Really...  more »
  • Unlike many cathedrals in Europe, this one is a full-on Christian faith community with an active service schedule. There is an Even Psalm in English and German on Thursday nights at 6 pm and a German ...  more »
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  • The largest non-Catholic cathedral I have ever explored, look up to see giant statues of Calvin, Luther and other reformists. What makes this place amazing is the view from the top and the bottom. Ascend 270 steps to stunning views of the dome and as you leave breath in the musty smell of the crypt. Find the ornate child coffin and the one that appears to be falling apart. Check out the concert schedule as the acoustics and the organ are impressive. Well worth the small donation to keep this icon intact.
  • The view from the top is fascinating. One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Germany. The garden in front of cathedral is a nice place for picnics
  • Must see for any visitor to Berlin - the 360 degree panoramic view from the roof walkway is one of the best in Berlin! The price of admission (7 euros) is a bit high but the majestic interior and cool crypt combine with the amazing view of central Berlin to make this an attraction almost anybody would appreciate. If you are not a big fan of cathedrals or religious architecture then you might not want to pay the entry fee and instead get a similar (but not 360 degree) view from the rooftop of nearby club "House of Weekend".
  • Must-see when in Berlin! My favourite part of visiting this place is definitely the 360 degree panoramic view from the roof walkway. A great time and truly a great place to take pictures.
  • Standing tall in the middle of the Museum Island like a beacon is the Berliner Dom, just opposite Lustgarten. I think it's nice to enjoy the afternoon sun after a day of exploring the museums at the garden and admiring the cathedral.  Completed only in 1905 under the commission of King Frederick William IV, the Berliner Dom isn't exactly old. Sure, the Berliner Dom seems to gain its inspiration from the domes in Florence of St Peter's in Rome but it wasn't built during the renaissance. In fact, the building was purposefully made to look old in a popular trend at the time to create historical looking buildings called Historicism. The Prussian ruler deemed that Berlin required a magnificent structure that project the empire's stature and power. In essence they also need something to show off to their counterparts in other parts of Europe. Cross the bridge from the Museum Island to the east side of Berliner Dom and this is where I hunt for some lunch. I saw a few places right by the Spree that offers a good look at the Berliner Dom from across the river bank.