Striking and commanding are words that come to mind when trying to describe the majesty of the Berlin Cathedral, or Berliner Dom as it's known to locals. Located in the Mitte borough of Museum Island, this Protestant cathedral dates back to the mid-15th century and is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the capital.
The cathedral was badly damaged by a firebomb during World War II, and repairs were only completed in 2002. While its stunning exteriors are reason enough to make Berlin Cathedral a stop on your itinerary, its church services, tours, concerts and events allow visitors a more interactive experience. Twenty-minute tours run throughout the day, where visitors are given insight to the history of this beloved Berlin landmark. Audio guides are also available, and special tours can be arranged. Those seeking a unique activity may wish to partake in a treasure hunt of the Berliner Dom, made possible via the downloadable Global Treasure App.
The acoustics within the cathedral make for a memorable musical experience and the Berliner Dom frequently hosts concerts, the schedule of which can be found on the website’s events page. One of the most alluring items within the cathedral is its reconstructed pipe organ, originally built by Wilhelm Sauer and boasting over 7000 pipes.
When exploring the Berliner Dom, look out for the 70-metre-tall dome, complete with colourful mosaics that are a whopping 39 square metres and comprised of 500,000 total tiles. The cathedral’s Hohenzollern Crypt is also worth a visit, and has more than 94 entombments spanning the 16th to 20th centuries. It is one of the world’s most important royal burial sites and is an interesting draw for tourists worldwide. Once you’ve seen the interiors, be sure to climb up to the cathedral’s viewing platform for a beautiful, 360-degree view of the region.