My 5: Berlin Cathedral, Germany.

Exterior Berlin Cathedral Berliner Dom Germany

1. April 2013. Berlin is a city of many architectural delights and there are few grander structures than the hulking form of its historical cathedral, Berliner Dom. Dating back to 1894, it was built in the Italian renaissance style with a bulbous green copper dome that can be seen all around the city. The cathedral enjoys a fine location on Museum Island sitting, in front of Lustgarten Park overlooking the Spree River.

Interior Berlin Cathedral Berliner Dom Germany

2. April 2013. I’ve seen more cathedrals and churches than I could shake a stick at, but still Berlin Cathedral’s octagonal interior stands out as one of the finest. There’s all manner of gold bling to take in, some detailed mosaic flourishes and the usual array of grand paintings depicting key scenes from The Bible. The main altar, designed by the famed Prussian architect Friedrich August Stüler, is made from white marble and onyx.

Sauer organ Berlin Cathedral Berliner Dom Germany

3. April 2013. Berlin Cathedral’s organ is an absolute beast! It was built by Wilhelm Sauer, a legendary pipe builder of the romantic period. Sauer put together over a thousand organs during Germany’s great Romantic period and his organ in Berliner Dom is said to be his masterpiece. It features over 720 pipes and 113 registers.

Wilhelm Sauer German organ builder Berlin Cathedral
Wilhelm Sauer. Not perhaps the guy to light up a party, but knew how to build a decent organ.

Dome outer walkway Berlin Cathedral Berliner Dom Germany

4. April 2013. There is much to see in the cathedral, which is part church, part museum and part concert hall that plays hosts to all manner of live performances throughout the year. You can go down to the Hohenzollern Crypt to check out the one hundred or so sarcophagi containing Germany’s past rulers, including Friedrich I and Queen Sophie Charlotte. For me the highlight was climbing the 270-step imperial staircase for decent city views. There’s also an elevator option for the disabled/elderly/lazy.

The TV Tower and St. Mary's Church from Berlin Cathedral Berliner Dom Germany

5. April 2013. You can pick out a bunch of city landmarks as you make your way around the dome’s outer walkway. This shot takes in the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) looming authoritatively over St. Mary’s Church. Berlin Cathedral is open daily from 09:00-20:00 (closing at 19:00 between October and March) with admission tickets priced at €7. Audioguides are available for €3.

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