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Berlin, Germany

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Through its trials and tribulations, Berlin is a city that is no longer divided. The largest city in Germany, Berlin is home to unique places that are reminiscent of another era. From train stations to gardens, the city prides itself on unique cultural experiences and beautiful art. Although Berlin is dubbed “The Gray City,” we would argue that it has found its color, and it’s evident in our colorful community guide.

Garten der Welt - The Christian Garden

Using “Words and Wisdom as a Building Material,” the Christian Garden is an ode to the relationship between man, nature, and religion. The garden showcases gold-lacquered metal letters stacked on top of each other to create walls with intricate shadows. Located in the Garten der Welt, the Christian Garden will certainly get you thinking.

Blumberger Damm 44, 12685 Berlin, Germany

Millions of mosaic tiles pave the way through the Oriental Garden. Completely walled in, the structure embodies the Old Persian word “pairidaeza” (the word paradise is derived from this word!) meaning walled space.

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Blumberger Damm 44, 12685 Berlin, Germany

WHH GT 18

WHH GT 18 is a residental building built in the seventies and stands tall in East Berlin. If you’re curious about the name, WHH is the abbreviation for WohnHochHaus (meaning residential tower), GT is short for Großtafelbauweise (translated to large panel construction) and the ’18’ is for the 18 floors that make up the tower!

Helene-Weigel-Platz 13-14, 12681 Berlin, Germany

Rainbow Building

A product of the 1960s housing shortages in Berlin, this Rainbowhouse is an example of ‘Plattenbau’ construction, which was an inexpensive and effective way of creating new buildings.

Herzbergstraße 3, 10367 Berlin, Germany

Computerspielemuseum

The first computer games museum in the world is what every gamer kids’ dreams are made of! With a large collection of vintage games, consoles, and arcades, witness throwbacks to the 70s and current day fan favorites.

Karl-Marx-Allee 93A, 10243 Berlin, Germany

Haus des Lehrers

Once a congress center for teachers, today The Haus des Lehrers or “House of the Teachers” serves as a cultural venue for the community. The mural wrapped around the building was designed by Walter Womack and is made up of 800,000 mosaic stones! If you visit, just don’t forget to bring apples for the teachers.

Alexanderstraße 9, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Tchoban Foundation - Museum of Architectural Drawing

The Museum of Architectural Drawing is built on the grounds of a former brewery and appears as a typical row house in Berlin. Inside, the building is anything but typical. The walls of the museum are made of concrete and glass, which provide visitors views of architectural sketches and other design motifs. Every corner and side has a special design, right down to the door handles.

Christinenstraße 18a, 10119 Berlin, Germany

This perfect pool originally opened as a public bath in the early 1900s because most Berliners didn’t have the luxury of a bathroom in their home. Now part of the Hotel Oderberger, guests can enjoy a dip in the breathtaking bath. Not staying at Hotel Oderberger? Do not fret! The public can still visit the pool by purchasing tickets.

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Oderberger Str. 57, 10435 Berlin, Germany

Eberswalder Station

The U bhf Eberswalder Straße is anything but a stuffy train station. The train platforms have full skylights that allow for sunlight to pour into the space. But the biggest draw to this station? Snacks, of course! The famous Konnopke’s snack bar is conveniently located under the elevated railway for hungry commuters.

10437 Berlin, Germany

Palazzo Ottoganale

Built on the vacant lot of the former Berlin wall, each facade in this palazzo can stand tall in its own right. Inspired by pre-war buildings, the structure was designed by Italian architect Aldo Rossi. The combination of location significance along with its aesthetically pleasing facades makes a Palazzo Ottoganale a must-see. Just make sure you look up!

Charlottenstraße 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Transport yourself back to the 1950s with a visit to this small art-house cinema. Just a five-minute walk from Hermannplatz, its charming red counter will greet you upon entering. Grab some popcorn, candy, and settle in for a good flick.

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Hermannstraße 20, 12049 Berlin, Germany

Decked out in mosaics and columns, with high, domed ceilings and a sauna copied directly from Pompeii, the Stadtbad Neukölln looks mythological.

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Ganghoferstraße 3, 12043 Berlin, Germany

Hotel Pension Funk

Hotel or time travel machine? Maybe both? When you step into this hotel, you are transported to the Roaring Twenties. With just 14 rooms and a breakfast lounge, this lodging was once home to silent film star Asta Nielsen.

Fasanenstraße 69, 10719 Berlin, Germany

Once the summer residence of the first queen of Prussia, Queen Sophia Charlotte, this palace is known for its breathtaking ceilings and ornate rooms. The queen was known for inviting poets, musicians, painters, and sculptors to her “court of muses.” When Her Royal Highness passed away, the grounds and palace were named after her. Hence: Charlottenburg Palace.

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Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin, Germany

Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

One of the largest greenhouses in the world, this botanical garden serves as a green oasis from city living. Initially created for research purposes, it holds 3.5 million preserved specimens. But, it’s not just a garden! The Berlin Botanic Garden had a bunker constructed in the mid 1900s, which now serves as a home to bats…

Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Strandbad Wannsee

When tenement houses were prominent and serenity was sparse, Berlin residents would flock to the local lakes. In the mid 1900s, Berliners caught a (literal) break with the creation of public swimming pools, like this one. Today, residents can visit Strandbad Wannsee for some fun in the sun.

14129 Berlin, Germany

Olympic Station

From the Olympics to the FIFA World Cup, Berlin is no stranger to hosting major sporting events. But what is essential to be next to a huge stadium? A train station of course! The U-bnf Olympic Station (can you guess what its named after?) is used to transport sports superfans to and from their favorite arena.

14052 Berlin, Germany

Wittenau Station

The architect of U-bnf Wittenau train station, Rainer G. Rümmler, strived for a uniform appearance for the “entire underground system.” His only way of differentiating the stations are the color of the tiles themselves.

13435 Berlin, Germany

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