The Berlin Cathedral

posted by Sharon October 22, 2017 32 Comments
Berlin Cathedral

The impressive Berlin Cathedral, with its magnificent dome, is a landmark in central Berlin. The church sits among the stately museums on Museum Island, with the Spree River flowing nearby. The Berlin Cathedral is the largest Protestant church in the area and is well worth a tour.

A church was first built on this site in the fifteenth century. This was the court church to the Hohenzollern dynasty, the Prussian rulers, and then the German Emperors. Due to fires and restorations that destroyed earlier churches, the baroque-style Berlin Cathedral on the island today dates from 1905. Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to build a cathedral to rival St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. And he did. Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral

Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralThe Kaiser’s church suffered damage from bombing in WWII. It fell behind the Wall in East Germany. Restoration to its present form wasn’t completed until 1993. Today, you can take in the beauty of the sanctuary. Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral

Berlin CathedralMartin Luther looks down kindly on the congregation. Berlin Cathedral

And you can climb the 267 steps to the dome, where you can see Berlin as you wind around the circle. Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral

Berlin CathedralBe sure to include a visit to the crypt in your tour. Here, as well as in the main sanctuary, you will find the burial place of monarchs. Family members who died as children are also buried here, and there are a surprising number. So sad. Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral

You can attend church services here, and concerts are also offered. We heard an organist rehearsing. This is quite an elaborate pipe organ. Berlin Cathedral

Berlin is so rich with sights to see. The Berlin Cathedral is one worth exploring, especially for the climb to the dome and the views! Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral

IF YOU GO:

Generally open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check the website for information on times the church is closed for concerts or services.

Admission: 7 Euro entrance fee. An audio guide is also available for 4 Euro if you would like a more in-depth tour. The gift shop carries a wide variety of nice items (better than standard souvenirs).

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32 Comments

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Kelleyn Rothaermel October 23, 2017 at 8:53 am

I have seen this Cathedral before, but did not go to the top. My husband would love to I know for sure! He enjoys always going up to the top of these buildings. Have a great week! Can’t wait to see where you feature next week!

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Esther October 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

That’s quite a building isn’t it. I have been to Berlin twice, but never made inside the Dom as the lines were so long. Guess I will have to put it on my list for next time!
#MondayEscapes

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

Oh wow! That architecture!!

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Molly October 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

What an absolutely stunning building

Mollyx

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Carol October 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Wow, Sharon! You take my breath away with the beautiful imagery. What a magnificent building.

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Felicia October 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Wow a beautiful cathedral and the inside is GORGEOUS!!!. You captured it so beautifully.

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Lisa October 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm

I visited Berlin for the first time a few weeks ago but didn’t go inside the Cathedral. I’ll definitely add this to my list for the next time! #MondayEscapes

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Jesh StG October 23, 2017 at 6:18 pm

It seems that wherever we live, we don’t see the inside of those museums! In Eastern Europe Domes are more common than towers it seems, also for Protestant churches. Like most things in Berlin, very impressive! There are many Protestant churches in this city. Love Berlin for all of its art and international atmosphere. There are also two huge botanical gardens, very worth seeing. Thanks you for the pleasant memories of Berlin, and sharing them with All Seasons (at the time, we lived there, I didn’t even have a camera). Have a beautiful week, Sharon!

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Jackie October 23, 2017 at 11:15 pm

I loved Berlin!

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Photo Cache October 23, 2017 at 11:26 pm

I don’t know if its possible to build cathedrals this opulent nowadays. How incredible.

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rupam { xhobdo } October 24, 2017 at 7:52 am

Truly Amazing. Great pics.

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Kvvs murthy October 24, 2017 at 9:14 am

Great architecture…well captured.

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Birgit | Groove is in the Heart October 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

A visit to the Berliner Dom is something very special. I was very lucky to attend an organ concert there… goosebumps! It is also really beautiful to see the cathedral from the water. #citytripping

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup October 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Oh this is magnificent. So beautiful. Impossible not to feel called to worship in such a building.
Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/10/blacksmiths-at-work.html

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Marie-OR October 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm

It is absolutely sunning! Oh how I would love to see it. Your photos are marvelous! Thank you for sharing it.

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// Heidrun October 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm

A fantastisc Post again… I enjoyed the pictures and your words.
Heidrun XO

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Claire at Tin Box Traveller October 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm

What a stunning place. I love visiting places with so much history. Berlin is on my bucket list and this has juts been aded to the itinerary! #MondayEscapes

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Lady Fi October 25, 2017 at 4:09 am

Wow – superb shots.

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bettyl - NZ October 25, 2017 at 6:35 am

Wow, wow, wow! What an awesome place to visit. I just love the details in the architecture and the colors are just fantastic! Your photos certainly show off the beauty of this place.

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Kat October 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Initially I felt the entrance fee of 7 euros is steep but looking at the architecture, interior and views from the top of the cathedral, I guess it’s worth the money spent. Looks like a marvellous cathedral to visit! #Citytripping

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Debbie October 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Hi Sharon, that is some impressive looking cathedral and I think €7.00 is a fair price to pay for a visit. Stunning photos too, The angry sky in some of the photos really adds a dramatic feel…. Popped over from #ThroughMyLens

xx

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Lydia C. Lee October 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Just lovely! I love Berlin!

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Milly Youngman October 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

It’s such a gorgeous building! I wish I’d made my way up to the dome now, the views look stunning! #citytripping

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) October 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

It certainly warrants a visit. Very majestic and with an organ to match! Great views too! Thanks for linking #citytripping

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Shweta October 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Berlin is truly rich in sights. Your post reminded me of this beautiful cathedral, I loved the city sights from the top.

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Anisa October 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm

I have seen the cathedral from the outside but never thought about going in for some reason. It looks really impressive, You photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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Tomas October 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

I live about four hours drive from Berlin and I’ve been there several times. But I haven’t been to Berlin Cathedral, but I will soon have to look at your member. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Rhonda Albom October 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Yes, I saw the dome when I was in Berlin but I was too busy to visit the cathedral. After looking at your photos (inside and out), I wish I could return to experience this place in person. The colours are so vibrant.

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Mini Travellers October 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm

What a stunning building. I always feel amazed at the beauty of such places but a little saddened at all the money spent on them. Real conflict. I always visit though and adore the architecture. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

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Buckeroomama October 31, 2017 at 10:10 am

I love visiting different churches around Europe. They’re so grand and majestic. This one is absolutely stunning!

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) November 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

What a beautiful church. Plus views from the dome? Very impressive. But I’m sure that’s what the Kaiser was going for! 😉 That is quite an impressive pipe Organ too. How neat that you got to hear it in action! Hopefully, we will be so lucky. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays November 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm

How did I miss this? Time to revisit #MondayEscapes

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