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St. Nicholas Church, Berlin

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The twin spires of St. Nicholas Church, the oldest church in Germany's capital, tower above the borough of Mitte in central Berlin. Built between 1220 and 1230, it served as a Roman Catholic church until the Protestant Reformation in 1539. Today, it's owned by the government and used as an ecclesiastical museum and concert hall. Renowned for its acoustics, the church was extensively reconstructed after damage sustained in World War II, and it's now a great place to see the occasional concert. You can also see the religious artifacts that survived the war, along with informational placards detailing their history and significance. Don't forget to look up at the iconic vaulted and multicolored roof. To visit St. Nicholas Church and other attractions in Berlin, use our Berlin vacation planner.
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  • I often photographed the Nikolai Church from the outside – now I was for the first time in the Museum, which is very nicely done. At the moment, there is also a small room with information on Luther (staging and marketing). You get an audio guide and a booklet, which informed in detail about the very interesting exhibits in the former Church (both at the price of EUR 5 contain, which is practically a bargain). Alongside one learns too much about the town's history and some other distinctive buildings in the vicinity. Finally I have spent a few hours here, even though I wanted to "just" to the Luther exhibition (which is rather small) - overall very informative and recommended
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  • This church is the Marienkirche coeval and contests with her championship on its antiquity the end of XIII century. However, modern external Gothic mind with two steeple almost merged towers-she looks older and more organically for Berlin, a city that is still in Northern Germany, where the Baroque has not received such distribution, as in the South. Of course, what we see today is only a reconstruction of an ancient building, which was almost completely destroyed during the war. Now the Church Concert Hall, it is not valid.
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  • Spontaneous visit during a walk through the Nikolai quarter. Rather unattractive from the outside. The last service was held here in 1939. After that, the Church should be renovated. The war has prevented that. After the destruction of the building was in ruins then many years and was rebuilt only to the 750-jährigem city's anniversary as a museum. During a visit, you can learn much about the history of the city of Berlin and the Church and the life of the people who have been here then. Admission €5. A very recommendable audio guide is included in the price. Staff supervision. Very much recommended!
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  • One of the oldest churches in Berlin, you can notice by the patchwork of architecture and different construction materials. It has a dance of death fresco, and a astonishing pipe organ inside.
  • Best time to see is late evening to see red bricks in yellow light
  • Impressive architectural building, but nothing interesting inside. (Still, taking photos is not allowed)
  • A small church. If you are around Alexanderplatz, you can have a very short visit.
  • This is a very old church and worth a visit