The dome of Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is a prominent symbol in the city’s skyline. Unknown to many, this wondrous piece of Neo-classical and Baroque architecture is a Protestant church. From outside, the imposing dome painted in green and its highly-decorated facade arouse curiosity. In fact, its dome reminds me of Florence Duomo painted in earth red. What lies inside the Berliner Dom? Follow me and I’ll show you.
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Though known as a Cathedral, it actually never reached such status. A bishop has never seated/resided here so it is still a church.
As soon as you get into the main door, its humongous altar greets you in shiny gold patterns.
The church interior will never fail to impress you.
From its marble floors to its impressive vaults, and ceilings – everything is a feast to the naked eye.
The dome’s interior never disappointed me and I couldn’t get enough of its intricate designs.
Don’t forget to go to the second floor.
The spiral wooden staircase is, in itself, an interesting experience.
The higher floor offers a different view of the interior and it feels closer to the massive dome.
The exhibition room is worth a visit to see the minute replica of the cathedral.
Berlin Cathedral was once a court church for the Prussian Monarchy in the 15th century.
That’s why, if you go down to its crypt, you will find the sarcophagi of Hohenzollern Dynasty rulers.
The best thing about visiting this cathedral is its tour schedule. There’s one in every 20 minutes. And you don’t have to pay extra because it is already included in the entrance ticket.
If going on a tour inside is not your thing, you are also free to go on your own.
And if you have more time to spare, you can go all the way to the top of the dome. Be aware, however, that there’s no elevator going up there!
I stayed at Hostel a&o Berlin Hauptbahnhof, which is around 7 minutes walk to Berlin Train Terminal Station. You can book it via Booking, Expedia, HostelWorld, and TripAdvisor. The hostel was a convenient choice for me as I had an early train trip to Prague on my last day. The hostel is clean, and the rooms are quite spacious, too. They have a pool table, bicycle rental, luggage storage, a spacious lobby, a bar, and a souvenir shop. They’ve got a nice laundry room, too. If you’re a traveler who likes to walk, the Bundestag, Brandenburg Tor Gate, and Reichstag are 30 minutes walk from the hostel. It’s a good value for money.