Berlin is the last in the series of host cities of UEFA Euro 2024 that we will present on this occasion. Berlin, as the capital and largest city, will host the last match at UEFA Euro 2024, as the final of the competition will be held in this German city. Today, this city is one of the most important political and cultural centers of Europe, where tourists come from all over the world.
You can come to Berlin if you want to learn about the history of the area which is impressive, and enjoy good food and beer and nightlife. You will be able to see numerous buildings and monuments that will remind you of the dark period of the Second World War and the Cold War. In Berlin, you can actually find everything you came for.
Berlin – Brandenburg Gate as a symbol
Every city has its own symbol, and the symbol of Berlin is the widely known Brandenburg Gate. This is something that the whole world knows about Berlin. This gate is a witness to many important events from the history of this city. It was built in the 18th century on the site of the old city gate, and after the defeat of the Prussian army at the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte triumphantly passed under the gate and took the monument of the carriage with four horses on top of the gate to Paris.
During the Second World War, this gate was a symbol of the Nazi Party. The Brandenburg Gate served as a border crossing when Berlin was divided into East and West. Another of the most famous buildings in Germany is located in Berlin, and in question is the building of the German parliament, better known as the Reichstag. This building was also the home of the first assembly of the German Empire.
The building is open to the public, so if you secure tickets in time, you can visit it as well as the dome for which it is famous. During the Second World War, this building had a symbolic importance, so one of the main goals of the Red Army was to capture the Reichstag. The building was destroyed during the war but was later rebuilt, and all symbols reminiscent of Nazi ideology were removed. The ceremony on the occasion of the unification of Germany was held at this place.
Entrance to the Reichstag is free, but it is necessary to register before visiting. During your tour of Berlin, you can also visit the largest and most beautiful church in this city, the Berlin Cathedral, which was built in the middle of the 15th century, although its appearance at that time was significantly different from today. The Berlin Cathedral is as famous as the Reichstag for its huge and impressive dome. The church itself houses the crypt of the German Hohenzollern dynasty with almost 100 sarcophagi.
You can climb to the dome through 270 winding steps from where you can enjoy a phenomenal view of the city. There are a handful of museums in Berlin, and the most famous museums are located on Museum Island. There are five museums: the Old Museum, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery, the Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. The oldest zoo in Germany and therefore in Berlin is also the most visited zoo in Europe.
The zoo is beautifully arranged and represents a real green oasis, and this zoo participates in several programs for the reintegration of animals into their natural habitats. The Holocaust Memorial or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the most unusual memorials in existence. What’s most controversial is that it doesn’t say who the memorial is dedicated to, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you see people sitting on the memorial plaques, which are over 2,700 and spread over 200,000 square meters.
In Berlin, you can also see Checkpoint Charlie, better known as Checkpoint Charlie, which was the most famous border crossing between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. It was the crossing over which people from the West tried to escape to East Berlin as well. This is one of the most famous places in Berlin, where there is a museum of the same name as well as a museum dedicated to the legendary Trabant.
In Berlin, there is also the longest open gallery in the world – the East Gallery, which stretches for over a kilometer and consists of over 100 paintings that illustrate the political changes that took place in the late eighties and early nineties of the last century. The gallery actually represents the longest continuous section of the Berlin Wall and is often the target of vandals who want to take a section of the wall or scribble on it.
One of the liveliest places in the city is Alexanderplatz, the largest square in Berlin, from which you can see the tallest building in the city, the famous TV tower that was built during the Cold War as a symbol of communist power.
It is over 360 meters high, and from the observation deck, located at a height of more than 200 meters, you can enjoy a phenomenal view of the city. On the square itself, there is also a world clock, on the basis of which the exact time can be determined in almost 150 cities around the world, and there, as expected, there are many restaurants, cafes, and shops. As far as football is concerned, the two most famous teams from this city today are Hertha and Union Berlin.
Hertha is one of the founders of the Bundesliga but has never been the champion of that competition. In recent years, this club has not shined and has been relegated several times to the second one, in which it still competes. The final of UEFA Euro 2024 will be played in the same stadium where Hertha plays. The Olympic Stadium in Berlin holds over 74,000 people. In this stadium, during this season, Union Berlin played matches in the Champions League because their stadium did not meet the criteria for UEFA competitions.
This team has taken over the importance in Berlin and has made incredible progress in the previous years in which it has transformed itself from a lower-class team to a participant in the Champions League. In Berlin, among the famous clubs, there are also Dynamo and Viktoria, but both of these teams compete today in only the fourth tier of the competition.