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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 and Ku'damm's for­mer splen­dor. In­side, look up to ad­mire what re­mains of the old mo­saic. Daily 9am–7pm. www.gedaecht­niskirche- berlin.de. Bre­itschei­d­platz. T: 030.2185023. U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten, U Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4

New Syn­a­gogue

Be­fore the war, this Moorish- Byzan­tine- style 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. Open daily 10am– 6pm (to 5pm Fri). Mu­seum: € 3.50/3. Dome € 2/1.50. Un­der6s 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 café, with the city’s sky­line as a back­drop. Daily 10am– 8pm (un­til 6pm Nov– Mar). €6.50/5. www.panorama­punkt.de. Kol­hoff Tower, Pots­damer Platz 1. S Pots­damer Platz. D3

Phil­har­monie

The seat of the world-fa­mous Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker orchestra is one of Ger­many’s finest post-War ar­chi­tec­tural achieve­ments. The ex­te­ri­ors re­call a cir­cus tent, while the pen­tag­o­nal con­cert hall is ar­ranged with a cen­tral podium for the orchestra and gal­leries for the au­di­ence around all sides. See En­ter­tain­ment sec­tion for full pro­gram. Guided tours daily at 1:30pm. € 5/3. www.ber­liner- phil­har­moniker.de. Her­bert-vonKara­jan-Str. 1. T: 030.254888156. S+U Pots­damer Platz, U Men­delssohn Bartholdy Park. D3

Pots­damer Platz

Be­fore the war, Pots­damer Platz was the city’s beat­ing heart, with depart­ment stores, banks, in­ter­na­tion­ally known the­aters, dance halls, and cafés. WWII bombs oblit­er­ated 80 per­cent of the square, which was left in limbo for a few years and then en­closed in a no-man’s-land be­tween the Wall and barbed wire fences. The square came back to life in the 1990s as a mod­ern rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of its orig­i­nal self. Di­vided in three slices, it in­cludes the Sony build­ing with its cen­tral plaza; Daim­ler City, home to a large shop­ping mall; and the Man­hat­tan- style Beisheim Cen­ter build­ing. S+U Pots­damer D3

Re­ich­stag and Foster’s Glass Cupola

MUST SEE In the last 100 years, the mas­sive neo- Re­nais­sance build­ing, now the seat of Ger­man Par­lia­ment, has been bombed, set on fire,

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