Berlin Day 3

Berlin Cathedral:

Berlin Cathedral is the short name for the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin. It is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough. The current building was finished in 1905 and is a major work of Historicist architecture of the “Kaiserzeit”.

It has amazing architecture and sculptures covering the outside, and when you move inside it gets even better. The interior is absolutely huge, with stunning decorations and a beautifully painted dome.Went up to the dome walkway with panoramic views of the city. The magnificent dome, which reaches a height of 98 meters (322 ft), is decorated with mosaics created by Anton von Werner. To get an overview of the interior walk to the Kaiserliches Treppenhaus (Imperial Stairwell), and climb the 267 steps to the gallery right below the dome.

One of the most interesting items in the cathedral is the reconstructed pipe organ, built by the Wilhelm Sauer manufactory. The organ, originally constructed in 1905, has more than 7,000 pipes.

Below the organ is a beautiful sculpted sarcophagus made for the Great Elector, Frederick William. On the opposite side you find an even more magnficent sarcophagus, sculpted by Andreas Schlüter for King Frederick I. Adjacent is the Tauf- and Traukirche, a chapel used for baptisms and marriages.

Incredible history contained within, especially considering the cathedral was bombed during WWII.The decoration and ornamentation in the church is just stunning.

Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower):

The Fernsehturm is a television tower in central Berlin. Close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte, the tower was constructed between 1965-69 by the government of the German Democratic Republic. It was intended to be both a symbol of Communist power and of Berlin.

Soaring 368 metres into the sky, Berlin’s TV Tower is the city’s most visible landmark. But the tower is not just literally a must-see sight; it is also the highest building in Europe open to the general public. And from the dizzying height of its viewing platform, you have spectacular 360-degree panoramic views out across the entire city. Around the circumference of the viewing platform there are pictures that point out the major landmarks, as well as some information panels. From a distance you can see the Tower rising from the skyline of the city. For decades it was praised as a symbol of socialism by the East German government. Now the Tower is a unique landmark of the new unified Berlin. It symbolizes the new center of a reunified Germany.

The two high-speed elevators take visitors to the top in 40 seconds. Upon reaching the observation deck at 666 feet (203 meters), you are offered a magnificent view of the entire city and its vicinity. You can also enjoy this unrivalled panorama of the city from the revolving restaurant one floor up.

We did not visit the restaurant, so cannot comment on it.


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