Architecture: The Most Impressive Buildings in Berlin

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Alte Nationalgalerie

Located in the heart of Museum Island, the Alte Nationalgalerie displays one of the most important collections of 19th century art in Germany.  more

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Museum Island

Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums in the center of Berlin. The entire complex is listed by as a Unesco World Heritage Site.  more

Die Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. The ruin of the old church has been converted into a war memorial.  more

Die Nordschleife der Avus aus der Luft gesehen


Daredevil racers once competed against each other on the Avus, now part of the A 115 inner-city highway.  more



Located in the heart of the city, the Nikolaiviertel is Berlin's oldest residential quarter and offers old-world coziness away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.  more

Jewish Museum Berlin

Jewish Museum Berlin

An architectural masterpiece, Daniel Libeskind's spectacular structure has firmly established itself as one of Berlin's most recognizable landmarks.  more

Red Town Hall

Red Town Hall

Located in the Mitte district near Alexanderplatz, the Red Town Hall is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks and the seat of the Governing Mayor and the Berlin Senate.  more

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's most famous landmark. A symbol of Berlin and German division during the Cold War, it is now a national symbol of peace and unity.  more

Berliner Dom

Berlin Cathedral

The Protestant Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island in the Mitte district is Berlin's largest church and one of the major sights in the city center.  more

Filmdrehorte in Berlin


Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin's most beautiful square and the site of three impressive buildings: the German Cathedral, the French Cathedral, and the Konzerthaus.  more

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German Chancellery

The Chancellery is the office of the Federal Chancellor. The modern building in Berlin's government district is part of the ensemble of government buildings at the Spreebogen.  more

Hackesche Höfe

Hackesche Höfe and Hackescher Markt

A rare example of art nouveau architecture in Berlin, the courtyard complex Hackesche Höfe in the Mitte district is a vibrant urban quarter combing art, workspaces, restaurants and entertainment.  more

Alte Bibliothek, Kommode

Alte Bibliothek

The Alte Bibliothek was built as the Royal Library of Prussia and is now used by the Humboldt University.  more

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Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace complex in Berlin. Rebuilt and expanded many times throughout history, it has much to offer visitors.  more

Zitadelle Spandau

Spandau Citadel

The Spandau Citadel is not only one of the best-preserved fortresses of the Renaissance period in Europe, but also an impressive event location for concerts and Renaissance fairs.  more

Britische Botschaft

British Embassy

The British Embassy near the Brandenburg Gate is an exemplary building of postmodernism. Next to the conservative Hotel Adlon, the facade is particularly eye-catching.  more

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Located right next to the Brandenburg Gate, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski is one of the most luxurious hotels in Germany. The hotel building was architecturally controversial for a long time.  more

Altes Stadthaus

Altes Stadthaus

The Alte Stadthaus (Old City Hall) was once the meeting place of the city council. Today, it is the seat of the Berlin Senate Department for the Interior.  more

AEG Werk in der Brunnenstraße in Berlin

AEG Turbine Factory

The AEG turbine factory in Berlin-Moabit is regarded as a leading example of modern industrial architecture.  more

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Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Allee

Frankfurter Allee is one of the oldest traffic routes in Berlin. The boulevard connects Frankfurter Tor with Strausberger Platz. Strausberger Platz is the square where the GDR national uprising began.  more

Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam

Sanssouci Palace

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam near Berlin is a must-see for tourists. The pleasure palace of Frederick the Great features beautiful Roccoco-style architecture and a magnificent palace garden.  more

Baustelle Berliner Stadtschloss

Berlin Palace

Hardly any other building project attracted as much attention as the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace. Since 2020, the baroque palace a new space for art, culture and science in Berlin's city center.  more

Kulturbranche - Philharmonie Berlin


The Philharmonie is a showpiece of the organic architectural style. The building, which was very controversial at the beginning, is now a model for concert halls all over the world.  more

Staatsoper Berlin

Berlin State Opera

The Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) was built as the Royal Court Opera by the architect Knobelsdorff. It is worth a visit not only for the first-class performances, but also for its beautiful architecture.  more

Französischer Dom und Konzerthaus auf dem Gendarmenmarkt

French Cathedral

The French Cathedral is one of three major buildings on Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin's most beautiful square. It was erected as a place of worship for French Huguenots.  more

Olympic Stadium Berlin

Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium is Berlin's largest sports stadium. Built for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, it now hosts major sports and entertainment events.  more

Haus des Rundfunks

Haus des Rundfunks

The Haus des Rundfunks ("Broadcasting House") is the oldest independent broadcasting center in the world. The monumental building by Hans Poelzig is a striking part of Berlin's urban landscape.  more

Schloss Köpenick

Köpenick Palace

Köpenick Palace is the most important preserved palace from the reign of the Hohenzollerns. The impressive building on the waterfront is worth the trip to the outskirts of Berlin.  more

Blick auf das Schloss Glienicke und den Schlosspark

Glienicke Palace

Glienicke Palace is an Italian villa on German soil. Designed by the damous architect Schinkel, the palace is now an impressive open-air museum and a World Heritage Site.  more

Schloss Schönhausen

Schönhausen Palace

The baroque Schönhausen Palace in Berlin-Pankow has been the scene of important historical events on several occasions.  more

ICC - Internationales Congress Centrum

ICC - International Congress Centre

To this day, the ICC is considered the prototype of a modern conference centre. The impressive building covers the entire traffic island between the highway, Messedamm and Kantstraße.  more

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Oberbaum Bridge

The eye-catching Oberbaum Bridge connects the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg and is considered the most beautiful bridge in Berlin.  more

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Grunewald Tower

The Grunewald Tower in the middle of Berlin's Grunewald Forest is a lookout point, a recreational destination and one of Berlin's hidden architectural gems.  more


Kollhoff Tower

The Kollhoff Tower is the tallest building on Potsdamer Platz and part of a striking architectural ensemble. From the tower's observation deck, visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of Berlin.  more

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