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Berlin Cathedral

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Berlin Cathedral is a Protestant church built in Berlin, Germany. It was once a representative stage for the Hohenzollern family, who lived in the Berlin Palace across the Spree river. Today, it is the largest church and dome in Berlin and plays an important role for the Protestant parish beyond the city limits.

The history of Berlin Cathedral dates back to the 15th century. The predecessor buildings were part of the Berlin Palace. In 1750, King Frederick II inaugurated the cathedral in the Lustgarten park. The current building was erected between 1895 and 1905 by order of Emperor Wilhelm II, who wanted to create a Berlin answer to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The architect Julius Raschdorff designed it in a neo-Renaissance and neo-Baroque style.

During World War II, the Berlin Cathedral was severely damaged by bombings. It was not until 1975 that reconstruction work began, with a new design of the upper part that was simpler and lower than the original. The work was completed in 1993.

The cathedral has several attractions for visitors, such as:

  • The Predigtkirche, where regular services and concerts are held. It has a magnificent decoration with mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures.
  • The Tauf- und Traukirche, where baptisms and weddings take place. It has a marble altar and a baptismal font from the 15th century.
  • The Dome, which offers a breathtaking view over Berlin. It can be reached by climbing 270 steps or taking an elevator.
  • The Museum, which displays historical objects and documents related to the cathedral and its construction.
  • The Cathedral Shop, which sells souvenirs, books and CDs.
  • The Café, which serves snacks and drinks in a cozy atmosphere.
  • The Cathedral Archive, which preserves records and archives of the cathedral and its parish.

The Berlin Cathedral is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission at 16:00). The admission fee is 7 euros for adults, 5 euros for students and free for children under 18. You can buy your tickets online or at the entrance. A guided tour is included in the ticket price and takes place every half hour from 12:30 to 15:00.

To get to the Berlin Cathedral, you can take public transport to Lustgarten or Hackescher Markt stations. You can also walk from Alexanderplatz or Unter den Linden.

Some tips for visiting the Berlin Cathedral are:

  • Dress appropriately for a church visit. Avoid shorts, miniskirts or tank tops.
  • Respect the silence and do not use flash photography or mobile phones inside the church.
  • Check the website for special events and closures before your visit.
  • Enjoy the music of the historic Sauer organ, which has more than 7,000 pipes and is one of the largest in Germany.

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