- The Reichstag and its dome: Berlin's parliament is located in a remarkable historical building along the Spree River. The building has a sumptuous glass dome, the Bundestag, the symbol of transparent power. The visit is free and is ideal for a panoramic view of Berlin. Remember to reserve the visit on the Reichstag website.
- The Brandenburg Gate: as symbolic as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate has represented both the division of Germany and then its unification. This triumphant arch takes inspiration from Athens' acropolis and measures 65 feet in height. It is topped with a quadriga that represents Victory. The Gate dominates Pariser Platz, a large esplanade surrounded by embassies. Visit the gate in the morning or evening to appreciate the lighting.
- The Holocaust Memorial: 2,711concrete slabs stand to remind us of the horrible genocide.
- The Berlin Wall Memorial: there are still some remnants of the wall that marked one of the most painful periods in German history. The memorial conveys what it was like in Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
Many sites and monuments have historical markers. Take your time to discover them as you walk through the city.