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Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

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Regarded as one of the country's most elegant squares, Gendarmenmarkt is dominated by two domed cathedrals and the city's renowned concert hall. The square was created in the 17th century, then massively reconstructed and expanded in 1773 by architect Georg Christian Unger. This public space was named after an 18th-century regiment consisting of French Huguenot immigrants, whose story you can explore at the museum inside the imposing French cathedral. Though many of the historic structures were damaged or destroyed during World War II, the buildings have since been fully restored. Be sure to climb the cathedrals' towers for views of the historic parts of the city. Plan your visit to Gendarmenmarkt and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Berlin itinerary planner.
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  • The twin domes make the square truly impressive. Unfortunately, the guides do not do it justice. Since it is on the main road to reach the most touristic places of Berlin, you can spend some time to visit.
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  • A quick 6 minute walk from the square on museum island you can see several more great churches adorned with statues. Great place to grab a drink and soak in a little culture  more »
  • The building are beautiful and very historic. They contain a lot of historical accounts but for some strange reason, we couldn't find any English nor help.  more »
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  • Berlin pales in comparison to other German cities, in terms of architectural beauty, yet the Gendarmenmarkt is one notable exception. This ornate open square is the site of both the French and German Cathedrals, as well as the Berlin Concert Hall. During the summer, the orchestra plays a few FREE concerts right on this square, where people are free to set up picnic and just drink wine and munch on some snacks while having the classical music in the background as ambience. Aside from this, the Gendarmenmarkt is of great historical importance to the city -- definitely check it out!
  • The French Dome facing the German dome, it is a stunning courtyard and perhaps a monument how they can live in peace though the French dome was built by I believe German speaking Huguenots. There are concerts in the middle hall as well as fairs. Check out the statues of the boy riding the lion.
  • One of Berlin's most beautiful squares. Often overlooked by people visiting nearby Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Beautiful symmetry of the two churches (French and German) with the Konzerthaus in the centre of the square.
  • Beautiful square. Lots of people, but doesn't really feel crowded. Great place to sit and relax for a while after spending the day walking around.
  • Beautiful square, surrounded by three cathedral like buildings, the left one there was, at the time of my visit, an exhibition about democracy, in the middle there is a beautiful concert hall, and to the right, a French styled building which you can climb to have a great view on the surrounding area.