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11 plus 1 Tips for virtual sightseeing in Berlin

Travel through time and space

Park Schloss Charlottenburg im Frühling
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

At the moment you can't visit Berlin with all its many sights. But you can use the various digital offers of Berlin's institutions to satisfy your wanderlust or simply to get to know something new in Berlin. So you can travel through the city and dive deep into Berlin's past.

And you'll get lots of great inspirations for your next visit, when we can welcome you back to Berlin. And for all Berliners there will be one or two surprises.
Have fun on your virtual Berlin trip.

Tip 1: Travelling to the architecture of the 1920s

Eingangsportal der Filmkopieranstalt Geyer-Werke AG in Berlin
Filmkopieranstalt Geyer-Werke AG © visitBerlin, Foto: Steve Simon

Embark on a journey of discovery into the legendary 1920s. The multimedia bus tour from zeitreisen shows you the locations of the Babylon Berlin series or famous Berlin films. Although the tours are not taking place at the moment, time travel founder Arne Karsting will take you to the 75 most remarkable buildings of the 1920s on YouTube. In a humorous and entertaining way he introduces you to the Geyer film copy factory, the first residential tower in Berlin, the studio of Georg Kolbe and many other buildings in Berlin and tells you exciting stories about them.
By the way, you can find even more information about the buildings of Berlin's modernism and industrial culture on our website.

Watch the videos

Tip 2: Viewing over the city from the television tower

Berliner Fernsehturm im Frühling
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The television tower is the striking landmark of Berlin with a fantastic panoramic view over the whole city. You can enjoy this view during a virtual visit. The webcam with a view of the Humboldtforum in the Berlin City Palace also tells you the current weather. If you feel like a visit now, you can buy a voucher and enjoy the anticipation of the view live from the TV tower over Berlin.

To the TV tower

Tip 3: Diving into Berlin's history

App ABOUT Berlin
App ABOUT Berlin © visitBerlin

Explore the future through history: The ABOUT BERLIN App brings Berlin history to life. Our free app tells you history you can touch, moving stories and the unknown. Take a look behind the scenes of Berlin's sights.

ABOUT BERLIN App

Tip 4: Strolling through the districts

Oberbaum Bridge  in spring
Oberbaum Bridge in spring © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The city guides of the StattReisen has put together films and photo reportages and will show you exciting places - with a special focus on the current situation and a look at Berlin history. They will take you to a former disinfection station or to the monument for Rudolf Virchow and tell you more about the times of cholera and the fight against the big infections.

To the videos

Tip 5: Join the Little Big City Quiz

Little BIG City Berlin
Little BIG City Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Janina Vogel

750 years of Berlin history in miniature: Actor and cabaret artist Wolfgang Bahro will guide you through the interactive model city of Little Big City in a virtual quiz. From the laying of the foundation stone in 1443 - for the City Palace or for the TV tower? - until today you can see the decisive moments of Berlin history lovingly recreated, take part in the guessing game and with a little luck win a ticket for the exhibition.

To the quiz

Tip 6: Walking through Berlin and Potsdam's palaces

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

You can follow in the footsteps of the Prussian kings by taking a stroll through the offerings of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation. Under #wirbleibenzuhause they have compiled picture galleries, films, virtual tours and guided tours of current exhibitions. And what better destination at the moment than the little castle Sanssouci - meaning carefree?

And under #parkisart you can find even more beautiful pictures of the castles and gardens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To the palaces

Tip 7: Strolling through Berlin's parks

Cherry blossoms at Gardens of the World
Cherry blossoms at Gardens of the World © visitBerlin, Foto: Maxi-Lena Schuleit

Out into the countryside is what Park TV has to offer. On the YouTube channel you can take a walk through Berlin's parks and gardens, but you can also find tips for staying fit at your desk or pulling rungs. Have a look inside and take a look behind the doors of the Oriental Garden.

Watch Park TV

Tip 8: Celebrate at the City Party

Alter Kiosk am Kurfürstendamm
Alter Kiosk am Kurfürstendamm © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Pure Berlin nostalgia: This video by the TV station SFB (the forerunner of RBB) takes us far back into old West-Berlin. At the exuberant party of 1975, Berlin greats celebrate with well-known TV host Edith Hancke and music director Paul Kuhn in the disused Berlin underground station Nollendorfplatz, with German stars from the era like Willy Millowitsch, Peter Zadek, Heidi Kabel, Peter Frankenfeld and Heinz Schenk among the guests.

In addition to music to dance along with, there will also be recordings of old West Berlin, and you will learn a lot from that time. Or did you know that the Metropol was home to a cinema for adult movies back then?

To the party

Tip 9: Visiting the Reichstag

Frühling am Reichstag
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The Reichstag, seat of the German Bundestag, is one of Berlin's most important sights. A fascinating impression of the building is given by the 360-degree panorama with which you can stroll through the Reichstag.

To the Reichstag

Tip 10: Visiting Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral in Springtime
Berlin Cathedral in Springtime © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

You can also visit the Berlin Cathedral on a virtual sightseeing tour and take a look at its magnificent interior. With the 360° virtual tour of the cathedral, you can stroll through the imperial staircase and see the sermon church, the chancel and the baptismal and wedding church.

Virtual tour of Berlin Cathedral

Tip 11: Taking a look at the Brandenburg Gate

Spring at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Flowers at the Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

What's it like at the Brandenburg Gate? With the webcam of Earth TV you can have a look at the Berlin landmark and get a taste of Berlin air.
 

To the Webcam

 Tip: 1000x Berlin

Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Mitte, Regierungsviertel, Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Greater Berlin, the online portal 1000x Berlin shows an extensive collection of images. 1000 photographs from the collections of the Berlin District Museums and the Berlin City Museum illustrate in 150 thematic photo series how the image of Berlin has changed from the Weimar Republic to the present.

1000x Berlin

And as always...

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.

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