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Berlin Cathedral: Top 5 historical facts

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.

  • 1465: The Beginnings

    1. 1465: The Beginnings

    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.

  • 1745: The Original Berlin Cathedral Church

    2. 1745: The Original Berlin Cathedral Church

    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.

  • 1894: Today’s Cathedral

    3. 1894: Today’s Cathedral

    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.

  • 1905: Completion

    4. 1905: Completion

    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.

  • 1975: An Enduring Building is Restored

    5. 1975: An Enduring Building is Restored

    The magnificent building was bombed during WWII and later set to be demolished by Soviet Germany. Withstanding the odds, reconstruction went underway in 1975.

Frequently asked questions about Berlin Cathedral

What top attractions are a must-see in Berlin Cathedral?

Planning Your Visit

  • Visit the Berlin Cathedral Crypt

    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.

  • Walk the Kaiserliches Treppenhaus

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 8:00PM, Sundays and Holidays, 12:00PM to 8:00PM. October 1 through March 31, closing at 7:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just 7€ and continue upwards with tours.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide inside the Cathedral is not necessary.
  • How to get there
    Take the U2, U5, U8, S5, S7 or S75 to Alexanderplatz and it's a short walk through an iconic section of the city.
  • Additional information

    • Visit on a clear day and climb to the top of the dome for incredible views of the city.

    • An elevator is available to the left of the main entrance, and a bell calls the concierge who can assist with entrance.

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We signed up for the Trabi tour, thinking we would all sit in the Trabi with our private driver & tour guide! Upon arrival, we found out that’s not the case and we would actually driving our very own Trabi! Thankfully, one of us knew how to drive a manual because that’s the Trabi we ended up with! (There’s an option for an automatic, if manual driving is not your jam!) There’s a lead tour guide and everyone follows the designated guide in a line. The guide took us all over Berlin & the popular tourist sites. The guide talks through a radio so all cars can hear the history about each site while driving their Trabi! If you have EVER wanted to know what it was like to drive a car from East Berlin during the Cold War, this tour would be the perfect opportunity to check this off the bucket list! It was nerve wracking, but such a fun & exciting tour to do!! We would highly recommend it!

Well worth the money. Get to see all the main landmarks of Berlin whilst learning lots on the way. I recommend the walking tour, best part of the experience! You get to learn things you would of missed, such as Hitlers Bunker!

Excellent tour of Berlin it's a great way to see the city and learn the history. Xavier was a brilliant tour guide and full of knowledge.

Wonderful tour which included the history of Germany. Corbin is an excellent tour guide. I highly recommend him.

Great tour to explore most important parts of the city. Our guide Xavier made to tour even more fantastic!