Visit to the Berlin Cathedral: How to get there, prices and advice

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The Germans call it Berliner Dom, for us it is simply the Dom or the Berlin Cathedral. Located in the suggestive Museum Island, this architectural masterpiece with clear Italian Renaissance references has experienced alternating periods. Initially conceived as a small place of worship prerogative of the Hohenzollern dynasty, the Berlin Cathedral was rebuilt following the damage suffered during the Second World War, and today it reveals itself in all its internal and external magnificence. A self-respecting Berlin tour cannot possibly exclude a visit to this imposing place of worship, a mine of artistic treasures to make your eyes shine.



Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. What to see and how to visit the Berlin Cathedral
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

Visiting the Duomo is not only possible almost all year round, but it is also facilitated for the disabled, who have an entrance dedicated to them and can use the help of a porter to enter and exit the attraction. Let's analyze in detail all the information to access the interior of the Duomo.

  • Mon-Sun 09:00 - 20:00 (last admission 19:00), including holidays. From 1st October to 31st March Mon-Sun 09:00 - 19:00 (last admission 18:00)
  • Full ticket: € 7,00 and gives the right of access, together with the adult, to up to three children under the age of 18
  • Reductions: the reduction of € 5,00 is applied to pupils, students, the unemployed, people with serious injuries, refugees and groups of at least 20 people
  • Any other business: access is free for children (maximum 3) under 18, accompanied by an adult. It is also possible to make a free donation to the attraction, for restoration and maintenance work

Online tickets and guided tours

  • Berlin Museum Pass (free admission to over 30 attractions including the Duomo): from € 29,00 per person - Buy online
  • Guided tour of the 10 main city attractions (including Duomo): from € 24,90 per person - Buy online

Where is it and how to get there

Located in the northern area of ​​the area known as Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral can be easily reached both by car and by public transport from the city center. Reaching the attraction on foot is quite inadvisable, unless you want to give yourself the opportunity to stroll through the streets of the German city for about an hour.



  • On foot: it takes more than an hour from the center of Berlin. Start by heading northwest on Puschkinallee, then continue on Vor dem Schlesischen Tor - Get directions
  • By bus: buses number 100, 200 and N2 reach the Duomo in a few minutes
  • By train and bus: there is the possibility of using train and bus together to reach the Duomo in less than half an hour. Walk from the center to S Treptower Park (Berlin), to get on the S Spandau Bhf (Berlin) bus n ° S9 to Alexanderplatz station. Get off and walk up to S + U Alexanderplatz (Bln); here take bus 100 to the Lustgarten stop, then continue on foot for about one minute
  • By car: by renting a car (or taxi) from the city center it will take you just 16 minutes to reach the destination. Just head southeast from Puschkinallee towards Elsenstraße / B96a, then continue on the B96a

What to see and how to visit the Berlin Cathedral

One of the symbols of Berlin is without a doubt its Cathedral, in German Berliner Dom. It is located in Am Lustgarten, on the famous Museumsinsel, or the Museum Island, so called because it houses some of the most important museums in all of Berlin!

This is the largest Protestant place of worship in Berlin, built in the Baroque style. It has a single entrance on Via Am Lustgarten, is open from April to September Mon-Sat 9: 00-20: 00, Sun and holidays 12:20, from October to March Mon-Sat 9: 00-19: 00, Sun and holidays 12: 00-19: 00. Admission costs € 7,00 full, € 5,00 reduced, free under 18 years.



Cathedral and altar area

As soon as you enter the cathedral, you are immediately dazzled by its beauty. The central part is well lit thanks to the large windows, while on the central pillars the 4 great masters of the Protestant religion and of the Lutheran reform, namely Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli and Calvin.

At the end of the nave is theAltar, whose area is raised by a staircase with 7 steps. The altar was designed by Friedrich August Stüler with the finest materials, namely white marble and onyx. The three large windows present here show instead three fundamental events in the life of Christ, namely birth, crucifixion and resurrection.

Baptism Chapel

It's a wonderful room with a barrel ceiling, with a simpler but still refined style that creates an intimate atmosphere. Here various religious ceremonies are held, like baptisms, from which it takes its name.

The entrance is in front of the Organ Gallery, where the monumental organ is located. Once inside, behind the altar you can admire the altarpiece "the outpouring of the Holy Spirit", painted by Carl Begas in 1820 at the request of King Friedrich Wilhelm III. It is about one of the most important works of the whole cathedral! The originally present altar has sadly disappeared, so what you will see is a marble reproduction built in the 70s.

Hohenzollern Crypt

Hohenzollerngruft in German, is one of the main attractions of the cathedral. It is also the most important dynastic burial place of Germany and one of the most important in Europe. In fact, the members of the Hohenzollern family, princes, one of the most important German dynasties. Here are, for example, Frederick I with his wife Sophie Charlotte and Queen Elizabeth Christine.

Inside the crypt 90 people found rest, documenting 500 years of history! The sarcophagi and tombs are built respecting the mini details, with a mainly baroque style. Unfortunately, the crypt was badly damaged due to the bombing of the Second World War, when the main dome collapsed completely destroying some coffins.



Pipe organ

The impressive pipe organ of the Berlin Cathedral is the largest organ of the late romantic period remained in its original state. It was inaugurated in 1905 on a design by Wilhelm Sauer of Frankfurt and was, without a doubt, his greatest work!

It counts well 7.269 barrels and 113 registers, which are distributed on four manuals and on the pedal board, and is the largest organ in Germany. You can admire it on the tribune of the left arm of the transept.

Dome of the Cathedral

Visiting the cathedral is possible climb its dome and admire a 360 ° panorama of the whole city! Pay attention to the climb: you will have to walk almost 300 steps to get to a height of about 50 meters, but the effort will be absolutely rewarded!

From the top you can in fact admire the whole city and, if it is a sunny day, you will be able to see in the distance, without any problem, other attractions of Berlin, such as the TV Tower, the Humboldt Forum, the whole Museumsinsel and the Spree River, which runs through the city. In addition, you will find yourself a short distance from the wonderful sculptures of the 8 angels, made of bronze, which adorn the dome.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: reaching the Duomo at a suitable time, before opening, is ideal to avoid long queues. Also remember that there is an access designed specifically for the disabled, located to the left of the main portal;
  2. Buy the city card: the Berlin Pass grants free access to over 60 attractions - including the Cathedral - as well as having discounts on the use of public transport;
  3. Guided tours: it is possible to book guided tours in groups or to participate in the exclusive guided tours proposed by the organizers. It is recommended to purchase an audio guide, available in several languages, including Italian (cost € 4,00)
  4. Watch out for restrictions: it must be remembered that access to a place of worship imposes rather precise behavioral rules. Absolutely avoid introducing food and drinks inside the Duomo;
  5. Minimum time: It takes at least 2 hours to be able to visit the Duomo, fully enjoying all the extraordinary religious and artistic beauties contained within it;

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The Berlin Cathedral is a real treat for art lovers and for all believers, of Protestant and non-Protestant faith. There extraordinary dome blue color can also be reached inside, climbing "just" 270 steps! A real "trek", which however will repay you with a breathtaking view of the German city.
Inside, the Chapel of the Preaching and Crypt of the Hohenzollerns they will fascinate you, thanks to the presence of bas-reliefs dedicated to the Apostles and the tombs of an entire dynasty that played a very important role in the history of Berlin. The real highlight, however, is the extraordinary and still functional Sauer organ: well 7 thousand rods that emit an intense, but crystalline sound at the same time. To fully enjoy all its wonders it is important to access the attraction with the utmost respect, following simple, but important indications
The Berlin Cathedral has literally crossed the ages, since its genesis, which took place in 1495. Originally conceived as a small private chapel of the Hohenzollerns, in 1894 it underwent its first "death" and subsequent "rebirth" as a cathedral, at the behest of William II. The splendor of the monarchy, in stark contrast to the splendor of our St. Peter's Basilica, is celebrated in this monumental building, victim, however, of the terrible bombings that occurred during the Second World War.
The Duomo has been an ever-changing attraction. THE restoration and reconstruction, completed in recent times, today give us a monument, an example of German magnificence and efficiency, 114 meters long, 116 meters high and 73 meters wide.


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