Arts and Cultural
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
The epicenter of contemporary art is nestled within the 20th century modernist Kongresshalle building in the Tiergarten. Music, art, literature, film and visual arts come together to present a year-round calendar packed with art exhibitions, concerts, festivals, academic conferences and theater productions.
Internationally renowned cultural institutions on the north half of this Spree River island are sure to satisfy cravings for exceptional artworks, sculptures, and reconstructed monument buildings like the Pergamon Altar. Visitors can museum hop to their heart's content at the Altes, Neus, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode and Pergamom Museums.
Visitors can delve into the world of 20th century modern art, from Cubism and Bauhaus to Expressionism and Surrealism. The museum features paintings and drawings by masters such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, and impressive outdoor sculptures on the beautiful outdoor terrace by Eduardo Chillida and George Rickey.
Points of Interest
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Constructed in the 1890s, the original Protestant church was commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and named in honor of his father. The old church was severely damaged during a WWII air raid, but visitors can still admire the spire of the old church or pop into the memorial hall featuring exhibits depicting the history and significance of the church.
In the heart of Berlin, a sprawling 520-acre urban park packed with historic landmarks, monuments and lush beauty awaits. Visitors can honor the brave soldiers at the Soviet War Museum, marvel at the spectacular glass dome at the Reichstag (parliament), enjoy al fresco dining at Schleusenkrug, or go wild at the Berlin Zoological Garden.
Inaugurated in 1873 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, Victory Column is one of Berlin's most iconic monuments. History buffs can climb the 285-step spiral staircase towards the top of the column for a stunning view overlooking Tiergarten and the Soviet War Memorial.
Experience Parisian-inspired shopping at this central Berlin shopping center housed in a bright glass structure designed by Jean Nouvel. At the corner of the Französische Strasse, shoppers will discover fashion-forward styles and upscale brands like Ferragamo and Juicy Couture.
Travelers can experience a thrilling Berlin shopping excursion at the largest department store in Europe. From trendy designer labels to the most popular brands in fashion, everything needed to update the wardrobe and home is on hand. Shops include Chanel, Dior, DKNY, Puma, Armani, J Brand, Diesel, D&G, Cartier, Fendi and more.
Shoppers won't want to miss an excursion on the "Champs-Elysées of Berlin," a 2.2-mile (3.5 km) West Berlin avenue lined with popular name brands, designer stores, bars, restaurants and hotels. Shoppers will enjoy window shopping at Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, or veering off the main road to popular sites like Cafe Kranzler, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or Schaubühne Theater.
Sports and Entertainment
Race enthusiasts can test their endurance or cheer on runners at one of the most popular marathons in the world. The 26-mile (42-km) Berlin Marathon starts near the Brandenburg Gate, then winds around Tiergarten and Mitte then south to Friedrichshain before heading north to where it all started. The race usually takes place the last week in September.
Originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics, the 74,500-seat Berlin stadium is an architectural and historic marvel. Sports fans can cheer on the Hertha BSC Bundesliga football team or try to score tickets to the coveted German Cup Final match. In the past, this premier sports and entertainment venue has hosted top music acts like AC/DC, U2, The Rolling Stones, and Madonna.
West of the city center, visitors can try their luck with Vegas-style poker, black jack, and French roulette, or challenge one of the many slot machine games that offer endless fun and entertainment well into the night. Spielbank plays host to daily cash and sit-and-go tournaments.
What's Nearby - Corporate Locations
- Deutsche Bahn
- Europa Center
- ICC Berlin
- Potsdamer Platz