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The last was the Pergamon Forum from 1930, while the Neues Museum from 1859 was reopened in 2009 having been wrecked in the war.
Tip: If you’re planning to visit a few museums have a look at the Museum Pass Berlin: 3-Day Entry to Over 30 Museums Created in 1855, destroyed in 1945 and now reborn, the Neues Museum had been left to rot for the entire post-War period.
One half rebounded as an economic juggernaut while the other languished in oppression and a sea of concrete.
And when the two halves were reunited a quarter of a century ago Berlin got a new identity as a fun-loving, disarmingly scruffy, cool and socially-conscious hotbed of ideas.
This Neo-Baroque building dates from 1894 and housed the Imperial Diet until it was damaged in that infamous and historic fire in 1933.
The ruins were merely maintained until after the Berlin Wall fell.
At the top is the Quadriga, a chariot pulled by four horses, all supported by 12 Doric columns forming five passageways.
Recommended tour: Discover Berlin Walking Tour Another landmark that sums up the drama of the 20th century in Berlin is the Reichstag, the meeting place of the German Parliament.
Here’s a city that was the party capital of the world in the Golden Twenties and was then razed and cut in two.
Like so many European city parks the Tiergarten was once a hunting ground (for the Electors of Brandenburg) before being revamped in the 1830s by the Prussian architect Peter Joseph Lenné.
Schloss Bellevue, the residence for the President of Germany, is in the Tiergarten.
For first-timers in Berlin the Brandenburg Gate is obligatory, and it’s charged with real emotion and meaning, as an ever-present landmark during the destruction of the Second World War and the Berlin Wall when it stood at the divide.
This ceremonial monument was erected at the turn of the 1790s at the behest of the Prussian King Frederick William II, on the site of one of Berlin’s former defensive gates.
This wealth of painting wasn’t amassed by a single family, but was curated by the Prussian Government from 1815 as a cross-section of European art.