We are thinking of staying in Berlin 3 nights next year. I checked out https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/germany/berlin and looked at his recommended "3 star sights." Thus far strongly considering:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Berlin Wall Memorial
- DDR Museum
What else do you recommend? We are an active family. I see that Rick recommends the Reichstag and climbing its dome, but what is it exactly and why is it rated so high? What else is there to do besides climb the dome? What makes the Checkpoint Charlie museum different than the Berlin Wall Memorial, and is it worth doing both?
We have a "one 'traditional, big, fussy' museum per trip" unofficial rule in our family, which we will have already exhausted on this trip with the British Museum. Are any of the other museums (e.g. German History Museum) smaller or more "bite-sized"? We are also not interested in museums that we could see elsewhere (e.g. Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection sounds interesting but I can see Surrealists anywhere, including America). Similarly, we're not interested in "typical kid-type" attractions that we can see pretty much anywhere else like aquariums or botanical gardens.
Thanks for any help! Basically, we are looking for something "uniquely Berlin" that will appeal to both kids and adults without overwhelming us with "museum fatigue," ha! Our family is very interested in WWII history and my kids are good travelers, although I don't want to get into anything too sad/Holocaust-related with them just yet. My oldest has been studying the Holocaust a lot in school but I don't think she's ready for visual displays at museums. I can barely take it myself. :(