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the Ho­hen­zollern fam­ily. Be­gun in 1695, the lux­ury Baroque com­plex con­sists of a main build­ing with a cen­tral cupola and two side wings, added in later years, that en­close a court­yard. The pic­turesque park sur­round­ing the castle in­cludes a for­mal French-style gar­den, English gar­den with pond and stat­ues, belvedere, and mau­soleum. The castle hosts tem­po­rary art and history ex­hi­bi­tions. Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm (win­ter un­til 5pm). €12/8. www.spsg.de. Span­dauer Damm 20-24. T: 030.9694200. U So­phie- Char­lotte- Platz. A3

Hack­esche Höfe

An in­tri­cate se­ries of in­ter­con­nected court­yards pro­vides an ex­am­ple of early-19th- cen­tury Ger­man Se­ces­sion­ist style. The first court­yard is en­tirely dec­o­rated with glazed blue-and-white tiles in geo­met­ric de­signs, while the apart­ment build­ings and nar­row, maze-like al­leys lined with cafés, shops, and the­aters give the Höfe an at­mos­phere both fa­mil­iar and fas­ci­nat­ing. Rosen­thaler Str. 4041. S Hack­escher Markt. E2/F2

Haus der Kul­turen der Welt

Dubbed the “preg­nant oys­ter” by lo­cals due to its curvy shape, the build­ing that is now home to the House of the Cul­tures of the World was orig­i­nally built as a congress hall in 1956 but quickly be­came a sym­bol of Western free­dom and cre­ativ­ity, in con­trast to East Ger­man ar­chi­tec­tural projects of the time. Com­puter- guided chime con­certs ring daily at noon and 6pm, and the build­ing now hosts con­certs and in­ter­cul­tural events. Daily 10am–7pm. Prices vary. www.hkw.de. John- Foster- Dulles-Allee 10. T: 030.397870. U Bun­destag. D3

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächt­niskirche

The church’s bombed- out bell tower has been an anti-war me­mo­rial and sym­bol of West Ber­lin ever since its ru­ins were re­stored to their present state in 1957. The old church now hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion of be­fore-and-af­ter photos doc­u­ment­ing its for­mer splen­dor and show­ing the Ku’damm be­fore the bombs. In­side, look up to ad­mire what re­mains of the old mo­saic. Daily 9am– 6pm. www.gedaecht­niskirche- ber­lin.de. Bre­itschei­d­platz. T: 030.2185023. U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten, U 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 of 1938, while Al­lied bombs gave it the coup de grâce 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.cju­daicum.de. Oranien­burg­er­str. 28-30. T: 030.88028300. S Oranien­burg­er­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E2

Niko­laivier­tel and Knoblauch­haus

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

Panorama­punkt am Pots­damer Platz

In 20 sec­onds, an el­e­va­tor whisks you to the top of a 100m-high plat­form with one of the best views in Ber­lin. Visi­tors can en­joy drinks and cake at the

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