Accessible through the ports of Warnemünde or Rostock, Berlin is an international industrial powerhouse, cultural nexus, and political hub of Europe. Cosmopolitan Berlin truly is a true world city, easily equal to London, Paris, or New York in global influence. There are countless opportunities in this capital city for Royal Holiday Cruises visitors to tour, shop, and people-watch to their hearts’ content.
Built upon seven centuries of history, Berlin boasts numerous attractions for those interested in history and architecture. With nearly 800 galleries and museums and countless theaters, clubs, and cabarets, the city openly welcomes creative thinkers into its both its highbrow worlds and its edgy subcultures. Its seaport and vast tracts of greenbelt, lakes, and river, also make Berlin the perfect setting for Royal Holiday Cruises guests to enjoy long strolls or to kick back in one of its many cafes, beer gardens, and restaurants.
With so much to do and see, it is impossible to list everything the Berlin offers a Royal Holiday Cruises visitor. However, given its incredible diversity, every tourist will certainly find something interesting to do, either through an organized tour or simply by wandering and exploring.
Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate
Formerly a gateway into the city, the stately Brandenburg Gate has stood over Berlin through much of its tumultuous history. It was damaged during World War II, and later became part of the divide between East and West Germany during the Cold War years. Nearby, Royal Holiday Cruises members can also see the imposing Reichstag, seat of the German Parliament and one of the most historic German landmarks.
A sobering reminder of the tragedies of World War II, the Holocaust memorial is a striking monument with a powerful message.
Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral
Located in the Spree River, Museum Island is home to five museums. Among these is the impressive Pergamon Museum, which houses an incredible display of reconstructed buildings from antiquity.
Fassbender & Rausch
A world of sweet decadence awaits Royal Holiday Cruises members at Fassbender & Rausch, the world’s largest chocolaterie. Here, visitors can even view extraordinary chocolate sculptures of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.
Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall
A few of the remaining pieces of the infamous Berlin Wall still stand erect at Checkpoint Charlie. This was the most well-known crossing point between East and West Germany, during the decades of the Cold War.
The Jewish Museum
Documenting the history of the Jewish people in Germany from the Middle Ages to today, this museum is the largest of its kind in Europe.
Kaufhaus des Westens
Berlin’s most elegant department store, “KaDeWe” is also Europe’s largest department store. With a storied history of destruction and rebuilding going back through decades of war, it is as much a historical landmark as it is a superior shopping experience for Royal Holiday Cruises guests. The store also boasts an astonishing selection of deli counters, food, beer and wine bars, and a rooftop garden.
Majestically set on a small island, Schewerin Castle houses the state parliament. Historically, it served as the seat of the region’s dukes.
Galerie Michael Schultz
Members of Royal Holiday Cruises who have an interest in contemporary art will enjoy the renowned Galerie Michael Schultz. It features works by top German artists, as well as up-and-coming international talent based in Berlin.
With beautiful gabled houses and gorgeous churches, the nearby town of Rostock is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Germany.