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Architecture and Nature

Berlin is a city of social and architectural experimentation. Starting with Prussia's famous master builders, such as Schinkel, Langhans and Knobelsdorff, to the architects who worked here after the Wall came down. Their names, from Alvar Aalto to Peter Zumthor, read like a "who's who" of contemporary architecture.Read more about architectural sights and tours here.

Germany’s capital city is not only one of Europe’s lushest big cities, but also one of the richest in water. 25 natural lakes and three major rivers cover about 7% of the urban area, making Berlin a perfect location for water fans. The most famous lakes are probably Großer Wannsee and Großer Müggelsee. More information about nature in Berlin can be found here.

Berlin’s world of parks and gardens lets hearts beat faster even without leaving the center of the city. Above all, the streams and large meadows in the central city park Tiergarten provide a great place to relax. On the outskirts of Berlin, Potsdam and the surrounding region of Brandenburg, with its nature reserves, water landscapes, castles and palaces, is worth a visit. The most famous park grounds can be found in Brandenburg’s capital, Potsdam: Schloss Sanssouci (Sanssouci Castle), which is protected by the UN as a Cultural Heritage of the World.

Special Berlin Tours

Berlin from below offers tours of subterranean architecture  exploring Berlin's political history from an unusual perspective by visiting underground bunkers and subterranean escapes from East to West Berlin.

Berlin-hidden-places is a unique internet city guide. It describes hidden places of art, architecture and natural beauty. It names special culinary delights, places to stay overnight, and introduces unusual places to shop, public events and upbeat meeting places.

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

Located near Freie Universität Berlin’s Botanic Garden sprawled on a territory of 43 hectares with 22,000 different species of plants has become one of the largest and most diverse botanic gardens in the world. Sixteen greenhouses with an area of more than 6,000 m² house many delicate and precious plants of the tropics and sub-tropics. In the Botanical Museum, which is unique in Central Europe, you will be able to see more by enlargements or models of, for example, microscopically small organisms.


  • Tierpark Friedrichsfelde: Covering 160 hectares the historical center of this landscape zoo is Friedrichsfelde Palace, now converted into a museum.
  • Zoo and Aquarium: The entrance to the zoo on Budapester Street is the reconstructed Elephant Gate of 1899 that was destroyed during World War II and resurrected in all its original detail in 1984.