Whether you are interested in history or culture, Berlin has many top sights for visitors to enjoy.
The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous attraction. Built in 1791, it was one of many old city gates around Berlin when the urban area was much smaller. The adjoining square, Pariser Platz, is now home to many of the city’s important buildings, such as the striking historical reconstruction of the Hotel Adlon and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts).
The Berlin Wall Memorial
The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) runs along Bernauer Straße between the Wedding and Mitte districts and includes the Memorial to the Victims of the Wall, a Documentation Centre and the Chapel of Reconciliation. A surviving section of the Wall, complete with a watchtower, give visitors a real feel for the harsh reality of the border complex. It can be reached easily by tram (M10) or underground (Bernauer Straße stop).
Berlin Television Tower
Checkpoint Charlie has featured in countless thrillers and spy novels, from James Bond in Octopussy to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Located on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße, it is a reminder of the former border crossing, the Cold War and the partition of Berlin. The barrier, checkpoint booth, flag and sandbags are all based on the original site – and make for striking souvenir photos. Checkpoint Charlie is a Berlin sight you really shouldn’t miss!
Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the capital’s major exhibition venues: the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). The collections presented here span over 6,000 years of international artistic and cultural history.
Individual cultural program for participants
In addition to the attractions presented above, IRC 2019’s organizers have arranged three free city walking tours and a city bus tour (price 20 EUR) for congress participants and accompanying persons on the day before the congress begins. An informal get-together will also be arranged that evening and there will be an official congress dinner on the second day of the congress. Further details can be found here.