Berlin has a lot to see and know. A lot of history to tell through its museums, monuments and way of life. It is true that most Berlin monuments may seem a bit hard for children, but the truth is that by combining visits to places like the Holocaust Memorial with others like AquaDom, you will enjoy
Berlin has a lot to see and know. A lot of history to tell through its museums, monuments and way of life. It is true that most Berlin monuments may seem a bit hard for children, but the truth is that by combining visits to places like the Holocaust Memorial with others like AquaDom, you will enjoy a memorable trip with your family.
We present you some of the most relevant visits for your trip with children to Berlin. What to visit in Berlin with the children?
It is next to the Berlin Wall, one of the main symbols of the German capital. The Brandenburg Gate (or Brandenburg) was inaugurated in 1791 as one of the ancient gateways to the city and as a symbol of the triumph of peace over arms.
The goddess of Victory rises over the 26 meters height of the door pulling four horses on a copper quadriga. The figure was destroyed after the Second World War so now we see a replica made in 1969.
Of the five accesses of the door, the central is the most noble of all. Nowadays it is open to the public, like the others, but for many decades it was reserved for members of the royal family and a lucky few.
Do not forget to see the door both day and night, when the lighting gives it a different grandeur.
The Brandenburg Gate is located on Pariser Platz.
The Berlin Wall
The visit to the Berlin Wall is inextricably linked to a historical explanation that children, if they are not very young, will be surprised. Although a priori it may seem a bit boring for the kids, the secret lies in telling them what happened in a playful way, from the remains of the walls that for 28 years separated German families and friends.
After the constitution of the German Federal Republic, faced with the German Democratic Republic, on the night of August 12, 1961, the GDR raised a dividing wall between the two republics to prevent the population from escaping to the FRG. 155 kilometers of wall that were later expanded to become a thick concrete wall about 4 meters high.
Currently, there are small sections of the wall, the most relevant being the East Side Gallery, where you can walk 1.3 kilometers of wall decorated with paintings related to the history of the Berlin Wall.
The visit to the wall is completed with the exhibition Topografía del Horror and the Checkpoint Charlie museum where the stories of the citizens who tried to cross the wall are narrated: about 5,000 in 18 years.
AquaDom: visits from Berlin
It is not one of the classic Berlin visits, but when it comes to a trip with children, you can not miss the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world. It is located in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel in Berlin and measures more than 25 meters high and 11 meters in diameter. Inside, in addition to a million liters of salt water and two thousand tropical fish, there is a glass elevator with which we can cross the aquarium enjoying the experience. Surprising!
The Radisson Hotel Berlin is in Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3.
Reichstag: visit in Berlin
The Reichstag or seat of the German Parliament is a classic building crowned by a large glass dome - designed by the prestigious Norman Foster - whose interior draws a spectacular spiral of a mirror. During the visit to the Reichtag in addition to enjoying the architecture of the building you can discover the history of the Parliament through an exhibition of photographs. In the upper part of the building we can go to a terrace that offers a nice panoramic view of the German capital.
The Reichtag is located in Platz der Republik, 1. It can be visited every day from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Admission is free.
Berlin Holocaust Memorial
2,711 concrete blocks of different heights pay tribute to Jews killed in Europe during Nazism. Built between 2003 and 2005, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has an underground room that informs visitors of the National Socialist extermination policy carried out between 1933 and 1945; and shows testimonies and real stories of families who suffered brutal persecution.
The monument is located in Cora-Berliner-Straße, 1. The monument is an open space without a schedule, but the information center is open from Tuesday to Sunday: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.
The Berlin Cathedral, the most representative religious building in the German capital, is majestic with its distinctive green-copper cupola. During the interior visit, do not forget to contemplate the powerful organ and the curious altar of white marble and yellow onyx.
In the cathedral we can descend to the cellars where the crypt is hoarded with more than 90 tombs of members of the Hohenzollern dynasty, but also go up to the dome from where you can enjoy an exceptional view of Berlin, yes, after climbing the complicated 270 steps. Worth.
The cathedral is in Am Lustgarten, 1. Visiting hours are from Monday to Saturday: from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays: from 12:00 to 20:00 hours. Admission costs 7 euros for adults and 4 euros for students. Children under 14 years old do not pay entry.