Berlin Must-Sees: Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

28 08 2007

The Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) was the former court cathedral of Prussia’s royal family (the House of Hohenzollern), and was supposed to be the Protestant answer to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Cathedral was build according to plans by the architects Julius Carl Raschdorff and Otto Raschdorff, between 1893 and 1905, and of course reconstructed after WW2 (from 1975 to 1993).

The inside of the Dom is really gorgeous, especially the beautiful Sermon Chapel, the magnificent Sauer Organ (I really wanted to hear an organ concert, but it seemed no guide gave the right hours, and I just kept missing it. Hopefully next time…), and the sarcophagi. Yes, some of the Hohenzollern are still buried there. To be exact, their royal crypt contains around 100 remains.

The Dom from the inside. The Sermon Chapel.

The Sauer Organ.

The Dom is located in the heart of the Mitte quarter, near Museum Insel. It is a very conspicuous building, very hard to miss. We found it to be a very attractive photo object.

The Berliner Dom. The Dom at dusk.

The Dom and the Spree river.

Practical Information:

Opening Hours
April-September: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00 to 20:00, Sun 12:00 to 20:00.
October-March: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00 to 19:00, Sun 12:00 to 19:00.

Church Services: Mon-Sat 12am Midday Prayers; Mon-Fri 6pm Evening Prayers; Thu 6pm Evensong; Sat 6pm Vespers; Sun and Holy Days 10am Lord’s Supper (with english translation); plus Church Service for children and 6pm Evening Service; Every second Thu per month at 8pm; from June till August at 9pm: Taizé Prayers
No visits during services and events.

Entrance: 5.00 euros for Adults, 3.00 euros for Unemployed, Pupils, Students, Retired persons, Groups. Free for Children

S+U Alexanderplatz train station, lines S5, S7, S75, S9 and U2, U5, U8, and also bus lines 148, 200, 248, TXL and tram lines M4, M5, M6.

And this is the official site of the Dom (in German).



One response to “Berlin Must-Sees: Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)”

7 09 2007
William Masek (20:18:39) :

Berlin is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe having both old and new venues throughout.

William Masek

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