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con­certs ring daily at noon and 6pm and the build­ing now hosts con­certs and in­ter­cul­tural events. Open daily 10am–7pm. € prices vary. John- Foster- Dulles-Allee 10. T: 030.397870. U Bun­destag. D3


This church’s bombed- out bell tower has been an anti-war me­mo­rial and a sym­bol of West Ber­lin ever since its ru­ins were re­stored to their present state in 1957. The old church’s ru­ins now host an ex­hi­bi­tion of be­fore and af­ter pho­tos doc­u­ment­ing its for­mer splen­dor and show­ing the Ku’damm be­fore the bombs. Look up to ad­mire what is left of the old mo­saic. Open daily from 9am to 6pm. www.gedaecht­niskirche- ber­ Bre­itschei­d­platz. T: 030.2185023. U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten, Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4

New Sy­n­a­gogue

MUST SEE Be­fore the war, this Moor­ish- Byzan­tinestyle sy­n­a­gogue was Ber­lin’s largest Jewish place of wor­ship. The sy­n­a­gogue was se­ri­ously dam­aged dur­ing the in­fa­mous Kristall­nacht pogroms in 1938, while Al­lied bombs gave it the coup de grace in 1943. The ex­otic gold dome is to­day the icon of Ber­lin’s Jewish re­birth, and the par­tially re­con­structed build­ing now houses a Jewish cen­ter and a mu­seum. Mu­seum: €3.50/3. Dome € 2/1.50. Un­der- 6s free. www.cju­ Oranien­burg­er­str. 28-30. T: 030.88028300. S Oranien­burg­er­straße, Hack­escher Markt. E2

Niko­laivier­tel and Knoblauch Haus

This is where Ber­lin was born. The area still re­tains its an­cient char­ac­ter although most of the build­ings in the nar­row me­dieval al­leys are repli­cas of the de­stroyed orig­i­nals, many of which dated back to the 1200s. The late- Gothic Niko­laikirche is Ber­lin’s old­est sur­viv­ing build­ing and is now a mu­seum. Other points of in­ter­est in­clude the Ephraim Palais Mu­seum and the Bie­der­meier- style Knoblauch Haus, a 19th- cen­tury mid­dle- class townhouse that es­caped WWII dam­age. Knoblauch Haus: Open Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. www.knoblauch­ Post­str. 23. T: 030.240020171. S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Panorama­punkt am Pots­damer Platz

A 100-m-high plat­form of­fer­ing one of the best views in Ber­lin. The el­e­va­tor takes you to the top in 20 sec­onds, and there’s a café where vis­i­tors can en­joy drinks and cake with the city’s sky­line as

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