15th International Rapeseed Congress | Berlin

Cultural attractions in Berlin

Whether you are interested in history or culture, Berlin has many top sights for visitors to enjoy.

The museum at Checkpoint Charlie, presenting the history of the Berlin Wall, is a must-see, as is the moving Holocaust Memorial near the Brandenburg Gate. While much of the Wall has been dismantled, the remaining sections are hugely popular with visitors. Culture vultures will want to visit Museum Island, home to the Berlin State Museums, which house world-class works of art. After a long day sightseeing, enjoy a refreshing drink in one of Tiergarten park’s many beer gardens. If you still have some energy, head to Berlin’s Television Tower at Alexanderplatz to enjoy the great view.


Brandenburg Gate

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

Soaring 368 meters high, Berlin’s TV Tower is the city’s most visible landmark. As well as being a literally unmissable sight, the tower on Alexanderplatz is also the highest building in Europe open to the general public. From the dizzying height of its viewing platform, you can enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views across the entire city – and beyond!


Checkpoint Charlie

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!



Museum Island

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.​



Holocaust memorial

Close to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin you will find the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. New York architect Peter Eisenman configured 2711 concrete slabs of varying heights on the 19,000-m2 site. Set on a slight slope, the memorial’s wave-like form is different wherever you stand. The uneven concrete floor gives many visitors a sense of giddiness or even uncertainty. The installation’s sheer scale, coupled with the decision not to include one single central point of remembrance, call into question the conventional concept of a memorial.

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.

The links below provide additional information on public transportation, highlighted events etc.

Visit Berlin: www.visitberlin.de/en
Public Transport Berlin www.bvg.de/en
Download the BVG App for better navigation during your stay in Berlin.
Ticket Prices:
  • Day Ticket                                       7,00 EUR
  • Berlin Welcome Card 4 Days   33,50 EUR
  • Berlin City TourCard 4 Days     23,90 EUR