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The Berlin Cathedral history is rich, mirroring the ups and downs of the city itself. The first of the fun facts about this family church: The Cathedral is not an actual cathedral because the church isn’t the seat of a bishop.
The first church on this site finished construction in 1465 and looked very different than it does today. It served the Hohenzollern family, whose palace was located nearby.
A Baroque cathedral replaced the church in 1745; in 1816 it was remodeled in classical style. The cathedral we know today wouldn’t be built for nearly a century.
Larger than any of the other previous buildings, the Protestant cathedral was built to contest St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with a 98-meter-tall dome decorated with mosaic.
The ambitious project, designed by Julius Raschdorff in high Renaissance fashion was completed in 1905, along with the famous Berlin Cathedral organ in all its 7,000-pipe glory.
The magnificent building was bombed during WWII and later set to be demolished by Soviet Germany. Withstanding the odds, reconstruction went underway in 1975.
Below the cathedral lies a crypt filled with 94 coffins, some of which are preserved royal bodies. The oldest tomb belongs to the elector of Brandenburg, Johann Cicero (153). Members of the original Hohenzollern family are buried even deeper in the Hohenzollerngruft.
Climb the 267 steps for a breathtaking overview of the grand interior. At the very top, you can even walk outside around the Berlin Cathedral dome and take in all of Berlin-Mitte.
- When to visitOpen Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 8:00PM, Sundays and Holidays, 12:00PM to 8:00PM. October 1 through March 31, closing at 7:00PM.
- What is the price?Adult tickets start at just 7€ and continue upwards with tours.
- Will I need a guide?A guide inside the Cathedral is not necessary.
- How to get thereTake the U2, U5, U8, S5, S7 or S75 to Alexanderplatz and it's a short walk through an iconic section of the city.
- Additional tips
- Visit on a clear day and climb to the top of the dome for incredible views of the city.
- An elevator is available to the left of the main entrance, and a bell calls the concierge who can assist with entrance.
What People Are Saying About Berlin Cathedral
The tower is situated in a very busy part of Berlin with lots of shops and eateries. If you do not book beforehand you will queue for a while to get in. The view is fantastic and probably the best time to visit is between 12 and 2 pm when hopefully it is clear enough to see for miles.
Would always use again to book tickets. Saved us at least 2 hours. We had a 3 hour pass booked a table and had a great meal. You have to do this if you come to Berlin. 10/10. Thanks
Staff were very helpful - obviously drinks were quite expensive, but you are really paying for the view. Could be more seating though.
Easy to find the pick up point. Knowledgeable friendly guide - gave a sensitive history of the city. Great activity for your first day to see all the main sights you can then choose which ones to go back and see in detail. We covered a great distance that I wouldn't want to have walked and would have missed seeing so much if we'd travelled underground.
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guides. The right balance of history and humour during the tour. You see all the main sights around the central area, take a good pair of shoes as you will be walking for 3 hrs plus.