One of Museum Island's main landmarks, the green dome of Berlin Cathedral marks not only a place of worship but also a place of significant historical interest. The Neo-Renaissance building was completed in 1905, heavily damaged in the Second World War and reconstructed in the 1970s. Today visitors can admire the works of art, descend into the crypt to see the final resting place of many famous Berlin residents or climb up the 270 steps to the viewing platform and enjoy stunning views over the rooftops. Audio guides and guided tours are available for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the building.
A combination of history and culture in Berlin
The German capital has an enormous amount to offer visitors, whether they are interested in culture, history or architecture. Berlin's role at the centre of European history is explored in the city's many museums, where the exhibits cover every era of human history from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Berlin is also home to many galleries containing the best of world art as well as a thriving contemporary arts scene. A trip to Berlin can be many different holidays all rolled into one and in addition to culture and art visitors can enjoy the wide open spaces of the Tiergarten, take in a show or attend a sporting event while choosing which of the city's superb range of restaurants to dine at.
The breathtaking interior architecture at Berlin Cathedral
Totally remodelled after its destruction during the Second World War, the restoration of Berlin Cathedral was along classic lines. Today's visitor will be amazed by the huge nave with the dome soaring above, the intricate marble and onyx altar and the ornate gold decoration. Down in the crypt are some of Germany's most finely carved tombs. Those with a head for heights can climb up to the dome and enjoy some of Berlin's best panoramic views.
Get more from your visit with a Berlin WelcomeCard
The most useful purchase you can make for your Berlin trip is the Berlin WelcomeCard. Not only does this card give you free access to the city's public transport system on tram, bus, U-bahn and S-bahn but cardholders can also enjoy a range of discounts across 200 of the city's visitor attractions, including Berlin Cathedral.