Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise
- Valid: 1 day
- Optional audio guide
From US$ 34.87
The Berlin Cathedral history is rich, mirroring the ups and downs of the city itself. The first of the fun facts about this family church: The Cathedral is not an actual cathedral because the church isn’t the seat of a bishop.
The first church on this site finished construction in 1465 and looked very different than it does today. It served the Hohenzollern family, whose palace was located nearby.
A Baroque cathedral replaced the church in 1745; in 1816 it was remodeled in classical style. The cathedral we know today wouldn’t be built for nearly a century.
Larger than any of the other previous buildings, the Protestant cathedral was built to contest St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with a 98-meter-tall dome decorated with mosaic.
The ambitious project, designed by Julius Raschdorff in high Renaissance fashion was completed in 1905, along with the famous Berlin Cathedral organ in all its 7,000-pipe glory.
The magnificent building was bombed during WWII and later set to be demolished by Soviet Germany. Withstanding the odds, reconstruction went underway in 1975.
Below the cathedral lies a crypt filled with 94 coffins, some of which are preserved royal bodies. The oldest tomb belongs to the elector of Brandenburg, Johann Cicero (153). Members of the original Hohenzollern family are buried even deeper in the Hohenzollerngruft.
Climb the 267 steps for a breathtaking overview of the grand interior. At the very top, you can even walk outside around the Berlin Cathedral dome and take in all of Berlin-Mitte.
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I booked the Hop On Hop Off tour. My ticket was good for 48 hours and included a walking tour and curry wurst! I very much enjoyed the bus tour I saw many things I would never have seen and learned a lot as well. The accompanying audio was also very good. This is a good way to get around Berlin.
Very informative and great way to see the city. Good value as well as could use throughout the days I was here to get around the city!
Georgia was a very knowledgeable and personable tour guide who gave wonderful nuance and depth to her tour.
Great tour - helpful staff - great facilities on biard
Great value for the money, ghe guide was excellent.