Tiergarten Walking Tour (Self Guided), Berlin

Tiergarten (German for Animal Garden) is a locality within the borough of Mitte, in central Berlin. It offers a good mix of restaurants, shops, theaters and cinemas, both Berliners and tourists come here to spend time. Take this tour to see Tiergarten's main attractions.
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Guide Name: Tiergarten Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Berlin (See other walking tours in Berlin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: clare

1) Marlene-Dietrich-Platz

Marlene Dietrich square is a plaza located on the southern end of the large Postdamer Platz. It is named after Berlin born singer and actress, Marlene Dietrich, who was both a success in pre World War II Berlin and later in Hollywood.

Marlene Dietrich Square is surrounded by the Berlin Film Museum, a movie theater, an IMAX theater, casino, the Grand Hyatt luxury hotel, cafes and commercial and residential buildings. It is in the former no man’s land between East and West Berlin. The Berlin Film Museum that flanks the square has a special exhibition dedicated to the life and times of the actress. It is also near the venue of the world renowned Berlin International Film festival. The small square was officially named after Marlene Dietrich in 1989 after the unification of Germany.

Marlene Dietrich Platz is one of the newer squares in Berlin and also one of the smallest. It has an artificial pond and a small water-scape that uses harvested rainwater by artist Herbert Dreseitl. During the festival of lights in Berlin held in October a light installation called the Army of Penguins by illumination artist Joern Hanitzsch is located here. It is also beautifully decorated with lighted Christmas trees during the festival season.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Haus Huth

2) Haus Huth

Potsdamer Platz has been reconstructed and renovated many times, hence most buildings have changed a lot. Haus Huth is the only original construction left here. At the top floor there is a gallery of abstract and minimalist art.

3) Panoramapunkt

Panoramapunkt is one of the highest open air observation decks in Berlin. It is at the top of the Kolhoff Tower and offers a 360 degree view over the city.

The Kolhoff Tower is a skyscraper in Berlin named after Hans Kolhoff one of the team of architects who designed the modern Potsdamer Plazt district after the unification of Germany. It stands at the posh address of No1. Potsdamer Platz. It was built between 1994 and 1999. The structure is made of red peat fired bricks and poses a striking contrast to the facades of the buildings that surround it. Most of the other structures are of glass and steel. It has 25 floors and the facade is built in a series of steps that reach a slender crown. The Kolhoff Tower has the fastest elevator in Europe that takes 20 seconds to reach the summit. It has shops and restaurants in the ground floor and offices in the upper floors.

The Panoramapunkt is at the 24th and 25th floors of the Kolhoff Tower. Visitors can view all the important Berlin monuments like the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column and the houses of parliament from the top. There is also a museum at the top dedicated to the history of Potsdamer Plazt. One can also get spectacular views of the city and the sun setting over Berlin while enjoying coffee at the glass walled Panorama cafe located on the 24th floor of the Kolhoff Tower.
Deutsche Kinemathek

4) Deutsche Kinemathek (must see)

This hi-tech museum recounts history of German film-making and television, from silent movies to sci-fi. Among the exhibits are those devoted to pioneers such as Fritz Lang, groundbreaking documentaries like Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl, and legendary divas such as Marlene Dietrich. For those who want to make the most out of the exposition, there is an excellent audio-guide. The TV section is not nearly as absorbing, but if you ever wanted to hear Star Trek dubbed in German, this is your chance.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the best film museums anywhere. Takes a little getting used to the layout, but once you've figured it out the exhibits are fun to explore.
Both the location and the architectural design perfectly reflect concepts of the museum's exhibits.
There is also a decent gift shop with lots of postcards and books in English and German.

No photos allowed and if you have a backpack it will need to be checked in before entering the museum.
On Thursdays, there is free entrance for everybody from 4 till 8pm.

Operation Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
CineStar Berlin - IMAX 3D

5) CineStar Berlin - IMAX 3D

CineStar Berlin IMAX 3D im Sony Center—the largest movie theater in Berlin—is an ultimate viewing pleasure for cinema lovers. In addition to the latest state-of-the-art screening facilities the theater boasts a lavish refreshment stand. CineStar Berlin shows documentaries, new releases and special films for kids during daytime. For program hours, tickets and other information, check out their website.
Sony Center

6) Sony Center

The Sony Center is a Sony-sponsored building complex located at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany. The center was designed by Helmut Jahn and construction was completed in 2000 at a total cost of €750M. Sony Center contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference center, hotel rooms, luxurious rented suites and condominiums, offices, art and film museums, cinemas, an IMAX theater, a small version of LEGO land, and a "Sony Style" store. Free Wi-Fi connections are available for all visitors. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the center also had a large television screen on which the games were broadcast to viewers sitting in the large open area in the middle. The Sony Center is located near the Berlin Potsdamer Platz railway station for easy walking accessibility. A large shopping center is nearby, as is a whole bunch of hotels, the Deutsche Bahn central offices, and an office building featuring the fastest lift in Europe.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Berliner Philharmonie

7) Berliner Philharmonie (must see)

The Berlin Philharmonic (in German: Die Berliner Philharmoniker), is an orchestra based in Berlin, Germany. In 2006, a group of ten European media outlets voted the Berlin Philharmonic number three on a list of "top ten European Orchestras", after the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, while in 2008 it was voted the world's orchestra in a survey among leading international music critics organized by the British magazine Gramophone (behind the Concertgebouw). Its primary concert venue is the Philharmonie, located in the Kulturforum area of the city. The BPO also supports several chamber music ensembles. The funding for the organization is subsidized by the city of Berlin and a partnership with Deutsche Bank.

Why You Should Visit:
To see/hear pretty much the most famous orchestra and concert hall in the world.
In the Philharmonie, you can hear every note, in a way you have not heard before.

As stated at the website, there is no dress code and it is mainly smart casual to dark suit.
Pre-order your intermission drinks or you will be waiting in line needlessly.
There are limited concerts, so plan ahead (note, however, the free lunchtime concerts on Tuesday in summertime).
You can also attend guided tours of the venue before a concert in the evening.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 3-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Matthäus Church

8) St. Matthäus Church

The St. Matthäus Church or St. Mathews Church is a picturesque 19th century church located in the center of Berlin. It is the only historical building that was completely restored after being damaged in World War II.

The St Matthaus Church was built between 1844 and 1846. The red brick structure was designed by architects, Freidrich August Stuler and Herbert Wentzel in Italian Renaissance style. It suffered extensive damage during the Berlin bombings during World War II but was restored in 1957.

The St Matthaus Church is a protestant church and many famous personalities in Germany have formed part of the congregation. It has a well known musical tradition and pianist Franz List not only played here often but gave his last performance before his death in 1886. His portrait finds a place among the many works of art inside the church. Other notable works in the interior are the Head of Christ by Gerhard Marst and a crucifix by Gerhard Schrieter. There are also works by modern religious artists like Sigmund Hahn, Michael Morgner and Vadim Sidur. The story of how God created the world and brought St. Matthaus Church to Berlin is portrayed in the 50 stained glass windows of the church.
Neue Nationalgalerie

9) Neue Nationalgalerie (must see)

Editor's Note: Closed for refurbishment since 2015, this museum is scheduled to be re-opened in 2020.

Neue Nationalgalerie at the Kulturforum is a museum for modern art, mostly by Germans, in Berlin, with its main focus on the early 20th century. The museum building and its sculpture gardens were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1968.

The collection features a number of unique highlights of modern 20th-century art. Particularly well represented are Cubism, Expressionism, the Bauhaus and Surrealism. The collection owns masterpieces of artists like Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky and Barnett Newman.

The design of the building, despite its large site, allows for the display of only a small part of the collection, and the displays are therefore changed at intervals. Nearly all of the museum's collections are located within in a stone podium, solid to protect the art from damaging daylight, partially in the ground of the sloping site, with windows only on one side facing a walled sculpture garden.
Sight description based on wikipedia

10) Gemäldegalerie (must see)

The Gemäldegalerie is an art museum in Berlin that holds one of the world's leading collections of European art from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Its collection includes masterpieces from such artists as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Johannes Vermeer. It was first opened in 1830 and was rebuilt in 1998.

The Gemäldegalerie prides itself on its scientific methodology in collecting and displaying art. Each room can be taken in as a single statement about one to five artists in a certain period or following a certain style. Especially notable rooms include the octagonal Rembrandt room and a room containing five different Madonnas by Raphael. Other notable experiences include Flemish moralistic paintings which stretch across the north side of the museum, showing an interplay between the religious motives of the artists' patrons and the often sensual inspirations of the artists.

Why You Should Visit:
Famously void of tourists but absolutely full to the brim with old Masters.
The interior is awesome and well organized so that you can enjoy the paintings individually and collectively.
The commentary on the audio guide (available in multiple languages & included in the price) is really engaging and especially valuable.

Take a rest every hour or so; there are glass balconies at the corners of the building which give your eyes a chance to wander off into the distance.
You need to allocate at least two to three hours to get through the whole thing, especially if there's a special exhibit.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed, Fri: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 11am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bauhaus Archive (Museum of Design)

11) Bauhaus Archive (Museum of Design)

The Bauhaus Archive (German: Bauhaus-Archiv) Museum of Design, in Berlin, collects items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919 - 1933), one of the most influential schools of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century and puts them on public display. The Bauhaus Archive was founded in Darmstadt in 1960. Walter Gropius and other members of the Bauhaus movement gave their support. The collection grew so quickly that a dedicated museum seemed attractive and Gropius was asked to design it. The foundation stone was finally laid in 1976 and the building was ready by 1979. There is not that much left of Gropius' original 1964 design apart from the characteristic silhouette of the shed roofs. The collection documents the history of Bauhaus in art, teaching, architecture and design. The collection includes teaching materials, workshop models, architectural plans and models, photographs, documents and a library.

Operation hours: Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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