Located in what was once East Berlin, just south of the Brandenburg Gate, this powerful tribute is made up of more than 2,700 concrete slabs—which range in height from eight inches to over 15 feet—and covers an area the size of four football fields. Architect Peter Eisenman designed the landscape with the intention of creating confusion and uneasiness in the viewer. To walk though the monuments is a moving experience.
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The seat of the German Parliament, with its Norman Foster–designed transparent dome and collection of contemporary art (like Gerhard Richter's stunning interpretation of the German flag, in the lobby), breaks up the area's stone skyline. It also makes a serious statement about Western democracy's chances of survival: the building rose from the ashes of the original parliamentary seat, which was ruined in World War II. Visitors must pre-register to go inside the dome, but it is well worth the hassle for the views both inside and out.
This fine archaeological museum sits proudly on the tip of the city’s famed Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Among the collection’s showstoppers, there’s the Roman Market Gate of Miletus, which dates to A.D. 120, and the dazzling blue-and-gold-tiled Gate of Ishtar, commissioned in the sixth century B.C. as an entry to Babylon. A detailed audio guide in a range of languages comes free with admission.
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