Berliner Dom the cathedral located on Berlin's museum island

Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom is a cathedral on Museum Island in central Berlin. Initially constructed in 1465, it is the largest Protestant church in Germany, and showcases an elaborate design in both Baroque and Italian High Renaissance style.

Along with viewing the remarkable exterior of the cathedral for free, you could buy a ticket for 10€ (without concession) to enter inside and walk around it, which is a venture perfect for those who appreciate Renaissance architecture and art. With this ticket you can also climb to the top of the cathedral to have a panoramic view of the centre of Berlin from the cathedral’s dome, which gives a unique viewpoint of Mitte.

In a beautiful and bustling location – the cathedral overlooks Lustgarten, meaning ‘pleasure garden’ in English, which is a state park that lives up to the name: you often find buskers playing live music, with both tourists and Berliners sitting together in the park to enjoy this atmosphere. As you’re already on Museum Island, there’re plenty of interesting places nearby to wander around, such as various museums for art or history lovers, or Hackescher Markt which has a bunch of restaurants and shops, and is just a walk away. Being so close to other attractions, visiting the Berliner Dom makes for a perfect afternoon out.


Article and photo by Harriet Fowler

‘Berliner Dom’ was part of our August 2023 magazine – ‘Define Berlin, if you dare’:

Front cover of Define Berlin, our August 2023 magazine

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