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St. Nicholas Church, Berlin

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#14 of 48 in Historic Sites in Berlin
Religious Site Historic Site
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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  • Over the past two days we explored locally at Alexander Platz, including the restored St. Mary's Church, the towering TV Tower that can be seen for kilometres--no wonder Germany has great internet wit...  more »
  • This is a chance to visit a remmnant of old Berlin dating back to 1220. The Communists did a good job restoring it in the 1980s. The church is now a museum. The area around is near the river and has s...  more »
  • St Nicholas Church if a simple but beautiful church. It is a good place to relax and have a way through your thoughts.  more »
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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.
  • It looks small in Berlin surroundings but if you visit the church interior...
  • Wonderful architecture! I just wish homeless people didn't sit outside the entrance all day.
  • Impressive architectural building, but nothing interesting inside. (Still, taking photos is not allowed)
  • Best time to see is late evening to see red bricks in yellow light

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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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