Berlin Cathedral – Berliner Dom

The Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom / Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin) is probably one of the most impressive buildings in Berlin Mitte – and also one of the major tourist attractions . Located right next to the Lustgarten it was built between 1894 and 1905 following the architectural plans of Julius Raschdorff.

The Berlin Cathedral (in German: Berliner Dom / full name: Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin) is probably one of the most impressive buildings in Berlin Mitte – and also one of the major tourist attractions.

The Berlin Cathedral is actually Berlin’s largest church and year after year it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Located right next to the Lustgarten, the current church building was built between 1894 and 1905, following the architectural plans of Julius Raschdorff.

One more of those maybe a little bit confusing typical Berlin things to know: The Berlin Cathedral is only called Cathedral. It has never been a ‘real’ Cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop. The bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg is instead based at St. Mary’s Church and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in West Berlin, near Kurfürstendamm.

Hohenzollern Crypt / Hohenzollerngruft

The Hohenzollern Crypt underneath the Berlin Cathedral is the most important dynastic sepulcher in Germany. It contains 94 tombs from the end of the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century – so some of them are actually way older than the current Dom building. From 1545 on the electoral family of Hohenzollern used the church building, that was first built here and that was part of the palace, as their burial place.

Admission fee / Tickets for visiting the Berlin Cathedral / Berliner Dom

Maintaining the Berlin Cathedral is not really easy. First of all it’s obviously quite expensive. On the cathedral’s website you can read that the running costs are as high as 10.000 per day.

So it is not really surprising that there is an admission fee – and it’s not really the cheapest. A regular tickets costs 7 Euro – but it entitles you to take up to three children (younger than 18 years old) with you. Reduced tickets are available for a fee of 5 Euro.

Opening Hours od the Berlin Cathedral / Berliner Dom

Monday through Saturday from 09.00 am through 8.00 pm
Sundays and Holidays from 12 noon through 8.00 pm

From October 1st through March 31st the cathedral is already closing at 7 pm
During church services or events the church is not open for ‘sightseeing’.

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