Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral photo

Berlin Cathedral is one of the most impressive old erections in the central district of Berlin. The Cathedral is the largest representative of the evangelical church in Germany. It is located in the southern part of the Museum Island and one of its facades looks out onto the Lustgarten – a park by the water.

The History of Berlin Cathedral

The outstanding Cathedral of Berlin was designed and built by the architects Julius Raschdorff and his son Otto Raschdorff in the period of 1895-1905 on the place of the Karl Schinkel’s church at the order of Wilhelm II. Originally, the main landmark of Berlin was meant to be a family church, and it also was a family vault of the house of Hohenzollern.

This evangelical temple, the height of which is 116 meters, was conceived as a prototype to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Tragically, during the World War II, the Cathedral was damaged in the bombing of Berlin. After fifty years, the reconstruction works had been completed but then the height of the cathedral was only 98 meters. A ceremonial opening of the renovated church was held on 6 June 1993, and the public was amazed by the magnificent interior of the cathedral.

Berlin Cathedral

Interior of the Berlin Cathedral

Distinguished Prussian artists were working on the interior of the most famous sight of Berlin. Special attention should be given to an organ created by an outstanding pipe organ builder Wilhelm Sauer, a pulpit made in Neo-Baroque style, a charming mosaic made by Anton von Werner, the famous painter that also worked on the stained-glass windows. The main chancel of Berlin Cathedral remained from the original church: a notable architect Friedrich August Stüler was the creator of the altar.

Berlin Cathedral_inside

What You Should Definitely See

The inquisitive tourists can visit a crypt belonging to the royal dynasty of the Hohenzollern, where about 80 graves of members of the dynasty are preserved. There is a marvelous sarcophagus of the Great Elector and his wife Dorothea. Moreover, there are sarcophagi of the members of Prussian royal families in the crypt, and most notably, here you can observe the entombments of Frederick I and his wife Sophia-Charlotte made by a famous sculptor Andreas Schlüter.

Berlin Cathedral_crypt

There is a viewing platform under the dome of the church from where you can enjoy a marvelous panorama of Berlin.

In front of the Cathedral, there is a gorgeous park Lustgarten. The look of the park exactly corresponds to an initial plan of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It is a large green lawn with a lush grass, in the center of which there is a great fountain.

Berlin Cathedral

A view of the Lustgarten from the viewing platform

Formerly a Caesarian residence, Charlottenburg Palace is one more sight in Berlin that is directly related to the royal family.

Information for tourists

Address: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Ticket price:

  • Adult – 7 €;
  • Child – 5 €.

Opening hours:

Period Week Days and Time
From 1 April to 30 September

Monday-Saturday – from 9 am to 8 pm

Sunday and Holidays – from 12 pm to 8 pm

From 1 October to 31 March

Monday-Saturday – from 9 am to 7 pm

Sunday and Holidays – from 12 pm to 7 pm

Don't know where to stay? Choose the best Berlin hotels on our website.

Berlin Cathedral on Berlin map

Berlin Cathedral - nearby attractions

The Rotes Rathaus or the Red City Hall is an operating administrative building in Berlin: the official place of the City Mayor and the Senate of Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate is the most well-known landmark of Berlin and Germany in general. The Gate is closely linked to the history of the country: it was a symbol of the Germany division for many years.
For all the travelers who are heading to visit foreign countries in order to dive into a new culture and history, Germany prepared its priceless attractions. Today we are attending the fabulous Charlottenburg Palace. One of the truly unique attractions is located in West Berlin.
Dresden State Opera is one of the main attractions in the city. It’s considered to be a great privilege to attend the opera during your visit. The Semperoper is located in the historic district of Dresden and was opened in 1841. Unfortunately, since its foundation, it had been ruined two times.
The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister also knows as the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden gathers collections of true masterpieces of art which were created by famous artists of the Renaissance and Baroque epochs.
The former Catholic Church of the Royal Court is an absolutely atypical attraction in the city. Nowadays, it’s the Catholic Diocese of Dresden-Meissen Cathedral. The thing is that the majority of the population in Dresden are Protestants.
The Green Vault or Grünes Gewölbe is a museum in the German city of Dresden, located in the building of the palace-residence. It assembles a unique collection of jewelry and a treasury of the ancient European dynasty of the Saxon Kurfürsts - Wettin Family.
There is one building in Hamburg which stands out from the general picture. It is the Chile House, also known as the Chilehaus. What’s so special about this place? Take at least its title! The building made of red bricks is located 700 meters south-west from the City Hall.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle is an art museum in the center of the city which attracts numerous visitors not only with the priceless exhibits it displays. The building of the museum is a separate masterpiece and has extraordinary architectural forms.
Hamburg is well-deserved called the heart of Northern Germany. It’s also one of the most densely populated cities in the country. Approximately 2 million people live here. Germany guards its attraction with solicitude for the upcoming generations and with delight demonstrate it to the guests of the country.
The Port of Hamburg (Hamburger Hafen) is not only the third-busiest port in Europe but also a true attraction and national property of the city. It’s a big seaport located on the river Elbe, 110 km away from the North Sea. It comprises a tenth of the city.
The Frankfurt Zoological Garden was founded back in the 1850s at the initiative of the local citizens. Today it comprises the territory of more than 13 hectares in the center of Frankfurt and is one of the largest zoos not only in Germany but in the whole of Europe.
Frankfurt Cathedral or the Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew is located down Bendergasse Street, not far from Römerberg Square. The magnificent Gothic building with the red facade and a tower 95 meters in height are hard not to be seen.
The southern bank of the river Main in Sachsenhausen district is considered to be the center of the cultural life in Frankfurt. It hosts numerous cultural events and has a whole museum complex. Museum Embankment received its name due to the great number of museums which are located between two footbridges - Eiserner Steg and Friedensbrücke on Schaumainkai Street.
The Städel Museum in Frankfurt is named after the local banker Johann Friedrich Städel who had founded it. This site combines two places - the art school and the art museum with a rich fund of works created by the world’s classics.
There’s one fascinating place in the suburbs of Frankfurt, nearby the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University which attracts thousands of tourists. This is the Naturmuseum Senckenberg or the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History.