Best locations for taking photos in Berlin
Now that I’ve had time to sift through all my photos, I’d like to share with you my favorite spots for taking photos in Berlin. If you’re planning a trip, make sure to put these locations on your map! For those just following along at home, hopefully some of these pictures will inspire you to visit. Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list of locations in Berlin, but definitely places you should visit (photographer or not!).
Berlin Cathedral (German: Berliner Dom)
This was one of my favorite areas to photograph in Berlin. As you can see from the photos above there are multiple angles to take photos from. The Spree river flows directly behind it, Altes museum to the left and you can even see the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower) in the background. Head behind the Altes Museum towards Museum Island and you’ll be greeted by beautiful columns lining the river. Numerous museums fill this island including the National Gallery, Bode Museum, and Pergamon Museum. Cross the bridge and walk along the river even further to capture the river, columns and cathedral in one shot. If the weather is nice, locals will be lounging all along the river, enjoying the sunshine and drinks.
The Tiergarten (Animal Garden in English) is a huge green space connecting many sights in Berlin. Starting from the East end of the park you can visit the iconic Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Head west from there to visit the Soviet War Memorial, which commemorates the soldiers lost during the Battle of Berlin. Furthermore, a long walk through the park (roughly 20 min.) will bring you to the Victory Column.
So, ready for more walking? Another long walk (again, roughly 20 min) will have you at the entrance of the wonderful Berlin Zoo. If you’re up for it, just south of the zoo is another Berlin landmark, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The church was badly damaged during a bombing raid in 1943 and left damaged as a memory of WWII. Attempts to rebuilt and reconstruct were met with public outcry as they called it the “heart of Berlin.” As you can see, there is a lot to visit in the Tiergarten area! You’ll probably want to make an entire day of just this area in Berlin. Just enjoy the scenery as you walk along and have your camera ready.
East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall)
The East End Gallery is an excellent place to visit for two reasons. First of all, remember that this wall separated Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The East End Gallery is the longest section of the wall remaining and stands as an international memorial for freedom. The second reason to visit? The art! This gallery currently consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world. Spend a few hours here walking along the wall and reflecting on its history.
Alexanderplatz was turned into a pedestrian zone during the 1960s. It is now the main transport hub into central Berlin. The defining feature is the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower), which is the second tallest structure in the entire European union. From various locations around Berlin you will see the tower in the distance. When you reach Alexanderplatz and walk right up to its base, you will look up in awe. There are numerous stores, restaurants, and entertainment surrounding the square.
So, there you have it! My favorite locations for photography in Berlin. Of course there are thousands of other places to take photos, but these areas stood out the most to me during my stay. I chose these areas because there are numerous areas to photograph within walking distance of each other. Before I go, I’ll leave you with a few more photographs I took while exploring the city.
Probably the most well-known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. You probably remember the famed scene of Soviet and American tanks facing each other during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. Why didn’t I list this in one of my favorite locations? The area has become too much of a tourist attraction. The original shack isn’t even located here, but inside a nearby museum. There are con artists dressed as American soldiers waving flags and charging tourists for photographs with them. Bleh. I still think it’s worth seeing for historical reasons, but after experiencing the circus surrounding I wasn’t interested in taking anymore photos.
Being a place to sit and reflect on the horrors of the holocaust, you’ve probably already guessed why I didn’t want to include this. It’s definitely something worth visiting in Berlin, but just didn’t feel right listing it as a “favorite” location for photography. The memorial contains 2,711 concrete columns, which all rise to different heights. You can walk between them all and visit an underground exhibition room.
This last one is just for fun, obviously not an amazing photography location or historical landmark. While walking through the Mall of Berlin looking for something we forgot to pack, we came across this slide. Thought this was a pretty cool addition, though still not enough to make me want to go shopping. Haha!