Berlin, the City With Unexpected Greek Flair!

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There are many interesting things to do while in Berlin, Germany, and it might surprise you that much of the sights you are about to take in have a certain Greek influence to them! That’s right, there are tons of Greek-inspired monuments and artifacts to check out throughout Berlin.

Let’s take a look at the top places to go, things to see and where to stay while in Berlin.

What not to miss in Berlin:

The Brandenburger Gate

146378397One of the most evident Greek-inspired things in Berlin is a famous icon of the city; the Brandenburg Gate.

Built between 1788-1791 and located in the center of the German capital, it was designed by Karl Gkotcharnt Langkchans and is based on the Propylaea of the Acropolis in Athens. If that’s not Greek enough for you, look closer and you will find that on both sides of the monument there are scenes from Greek mythology!

Pergamon Museum
musee-pergameThe Pergamon Museum is our next stop on this unique tour. Here you will find Greek artifacts including the reconstruction of Greek buildings from the ancient city of Miletus in Ionia, such as Pergamon Altar and the market gate of Miletus whose parts were transported from the ancient city itself.

Here you will discover a piece of Greek history as the brilliant collection of antiquities includes the altar of Pergamon which dates from the 2nd century BC and a frieze of 113 meters length as well as the Gate of Miletus market which dates back to the Roman period.

Topography of Terror

Topography of TerrorAt the outdoor/indoor history museum in Berlin called the Topography of Terror museum, you will see compelling exhibits documenting the terror of the Nazi regime. The museum is built on the site where buildings were used by the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 as the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS.

GriechelandNazisThe Nazi regime destroyed much of Greece and completely demolished many Greek villages. It is a dark time in the history of Europe, and you can learn more about it at the Topography of Terror through photographic and audiovisual material which has a special section dedicated to Nazi occupation in Greece.

Besides history and monuments, there are a lot of other relaxing ways you can enjoy yourself in Berlin.

taverna Ousia berlinFor example, why not finish off your day by stopping at Taverna Ousia located at Grunewaldstraße 54, 10825, Berlin?

Here you can really get your Greek on after a culture-filled day in Berlin by enjoying a Greek meal washed down with ouzo or if you prefer…a cold German beer! And don’t forget to stay for a Greek coffee after dinner.

Where to Stay:

scandic berlin potsdamer platzWhile visiting Berlin the place to stay is the old heart of Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, or Potsdam Square. Here you will find yourself in a prime location, located just 1 kilometer south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, or the German Parliament and the best place to stay is at the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz.

32571237The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz is a modern hotel located beside the Potsdamer Platz entertainment district in the center of Berlin and offers spacious rooms featuring contemporary Scandinavian design.

scandic_berlin_restaurantBesides being centrally and conveniently located, another perk is that the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz boasts a Scandinavian-style restaurant serving local Berlin specialties as well as and international dishes and offers a buffet breakfast with organic options. There is even a gym on the 8th floor where you can work out while enjoying the panoramic views of Potsdamer Platz.

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For more information about the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz check out their website here.

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