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Top sights in Berlin
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.
- 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.
What people are saying about Berlin Cathedral
Doing things a bit backwards we booked ourselves in this tour on our last day and realised we missed a few tricks. We had the fortune to be led by Rob S of Manchester who was excellent in terms of his breadth of knowledge for his adopted city. He was incredibly relatable and ensured every member of our large & diverse group felt included. His mancunian humour came out when interacting with members of the group and discussing the nuances & quirks of Berlin & its inhabitants. However it must be said that what this awesome city has endured is inconceivable to us westerners and liberal thinkers fortunate to live in democratic societies and Rob's ability to help us visualise what living in those conditions was like was incredible. Would recommend in a heartbeat and he was so true in that you cannot visit this city only once as we will be coming back and will definitely book another tour.
Scott was absolutely phenomenal, he shared insights and wisdom into not only the history and the story of the city but into the people, culture and art as well. I absolutely loved and valued how he invited us to explore the deeper meaning of each aspect on our own and allowed us to come to our own informed conclusions from what we felt and the knowledge he shared with us. It takes someone pretty special to make such a heartbreaking story so powerful and beautifully inspiring.
We had a great time! I recommend you come with a little bit of knowledge of German and Berlin history, as you will then just add to that! Checking out everything you could want to see, with a lot of amazing architecture knowledge, in the most special vehicle ever!!
The tour was awesome but partly because Sam Z was so excellent. It's a long time to be with someone and he made the entire tour engaging! Highly recommend to anyone visiting Berlin and not just for the first time.
Great fun. Unfortunately our Trabant lost its electrics! Our guide offered us a replacement but we soldiered on with no wipers and indicators. This distracted us from the Commentary but great fun anyway.