Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is the most important protestant church in Germany. Located in the Berlin District of Mitte on Museum Island, the cathedral’s breath-taking renaissance beauty and baroque architecture attracts visitors from near and far.
The HistoryThe Cathedral dates back to the 15th century when, in 1465, the St. Erasmus Chapel in the newly built royal palace on the River Spree was bestowed with the status of collegiate church. Through the centuries the cathedral has been built, renovated and demolished several times. When the German Reich was founded in 1871, Wilhelm II arranged for the latest incarnation to take place. This was built between 1894 and 1905 by architect Julius Raschdorff.
During WW II the cathedral was destroyed during bombing and a temporary roof had to be installed. The entire building was most recently rebuilt in 1993.
Stunning views and surroundingsToday, the heritage building consists of the central parish church and the cathedral church. Many members of the royal family have been laid to rest in the church’s crypt. The impressive cupola of the cathedral was nominated as a ‘Historical Emblem of German Architecture’ in 2007. From the cupola visitors can enjoy the fantastic view over Berlin and its historical sights.
Situated in on Museum Island, it’s nestled amongst other top cultural attractions such as the Pergamon Museum and picturesque picnic lunch spots such as the Lustgarten (the pleasure garden) where you can sit amongst the locals and enjoy the sunshine in the summertime.