Mitte Governmental Sites, Berlin

Mitte Governmental Sites, Berlin
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Reunified Germany’s government district comprises several buildings that symbolically link the former East and West Berlin. Follow this route around the Mitte borough to comprehend Berlin's historic, political and architectural connections in their entirety.

Mitte Governmental Sites - Route Map

Guide Name: Mitte Governmental Sites
Guide Location: Germany » Berlin
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: clare
Hauptbahnhof

1) Hauptbahnhof

The Hauptbahnof is the major railway terminal in the city of Berlin. The present structure with a glass roof replaced an older 19th century building called the Lehrter Bahnof.

The Hauptbahnof was ceremonially opened by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2006. It was designed by an architecture firm based in Hamburg called Gerkan Marg and Partners. It has five levels. The first level is underground and has a series of tunnels through which trains run under the River Spree. The station...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Bundeskanzleramt

2) Bundeskanzleramt

The Bundeskanzleramt or German Chancellery building contains the offices and residence of the German Chancellor. It was constructed after the unification of Germany when the seat of the Chancellor shifted to Berlin from Bonn in the erstwhile West Germany.

The Bundeskanzleramt was designed by Berlin based architects, Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank. It was completed in 2001. The structure flanks three sides of a ceremonial courtyard. It has nine floors and is 36 meters high. It has a series...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Paul-Löbe-Haus

3) Paul-Löbe-Haus

The Paul Lobe Haus is one of the parliamentary buildings in Berlin. It has the offices of 22 parliamentary committees, the PR division and the office of the visitor’s service located within its walls. It was named after the last elected parliamentary president during the Weimar Republic before the Nazis assumed power.

The Paul Lobe Haus was designed by Munich based architect, Stephan Braunfels. He also designed another building called the Marie Elisabeth Leuders Haus on the other bank of...   view more
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Reichstag

4) Reichstag (must see)

The Reichstag building is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Reichstag, parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire supposedly set by Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe. After the Second World War the Reichstag building fell into disuse as the parliament of the German Democratic Republic met in the Palace of the Republic in East Berlin and the parliament of the Federal...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Brandenburger Tor

5) Brandenburger Tor (must see)

The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin and Germany. It is located west of the city center at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which one formerly entered Berlin. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Pariser Platz

6) Pariser Platz (must see)

The Pariser Platz is a large square located behind the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It was named after the French capital city, Paris to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon and occupation of France by Prussian armed forces and other armies that formed the allied forces in 1814.

The Pariser Platz was a grand square in Berlin and many important buildings stood around it. It was laid between 1732 and 1735 and was simply called the square at first before being renamed in honor of the services of...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
DZ Bank

7) DZ Bank

The DZ Bank (formerly DG Bank) building is a mixed-use: office, conference, and residential complex, located at Pariser Platz 3 in Berlin. It was designed by architect Frank Gehry and engineered by Hans Schober of Schlaich Bergermann & Partner. The construction began in 1998 and was completed in 2000. Facing the Brandenburg Gate are offices, the headquarters of Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank. On the other side, facing Behrenstraße, are 39 residential apartments. Between the two is a...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Unter den Linden

8) Unter den Linden (must see)

Unter den Linden ("under the linden trees") is an iconic boulevard in the central Mitte district of Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is named for its linden (lime in British English) trees that line the grassed pedestrian mall between two carriageways. Unter den Linden runs east–west from the site of the former Stadtschloss royal palace at the Lustgarten park, where the demolished Palast der Republik used to be, to Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate. Unter den Linden at the heart...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Holocaust-Mahnmal

9) Holocaust-Mahnmal (must see)

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (German: Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial (German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims and other victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 square meter site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", one for each page of the Talmud arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Checkpoint Charlie

10) Checkpoint Charlie (must see)

Checkpoint Charlie was one of the three crossing points from East to West Germany after the construction of the Berlin Wall. It later became the one of the symbols of the cold war and is a tourist attraction because of its immortalization by American movies and spy novels.

After the completion of the building of the Berlin wall, the Americans established three crossing points, A, B and C. They were called Checkpoint Alpha, Bravo and Charlie by the NATO forces. Checkpoint Charlie became the...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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