A tourist attraction is a place of interest where tourists visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, offering leisure, adventure and amusement. – Wikipedia
You almost have to visit the tourist attractions in the city you’re visiting or else did you really go? All jokes aside, while I love seeing these famous attractions (such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Big Ben in London) they’re usually so busy: crowds aren’t my favourite thing in the world and I find them overwhelming. Normally when I travel I like to visit the famous attractions early in the morning (to beat the crowds) and the lesser known attractions throughout the day. That’s where Atlas Obscura comes in!
I’ve written about it before here but basically it’s a resource to find the “Cool and Unusual Things” to do in a city. The lists are filled with lesser known statues, eccentric museums, interesting tours, and all things uncommon. So, for my trip to Berlin, Cologne and Amsterdam coming up I made a list of some of the things to do below!
You can check out the whole list here. Since we’re spending such a limited amount of time in the City, here are a few of the things I want to check out.
1. AquaDom at Radisson Blu Berlin. “The largest free standing aquarium in the world resides in a hotel lobby in Berlin.” Here.
2. Monster Kabinett. “Part art gallery, part haunted house, this robotic art display is a terrifying experience.” Here.
3. The Bebelplatz. “The site of the famous Nazi book burning campaign of 1933 remembers its “Night of Shame”.” Here.
4. Tajikistan Tearoom. “A slice of central Asia in the middle of Berlin.” Here.
5. Hall of Mirrors in Clärchens Ballhaus. “This classic restaurant features a gorgeous mirror-clad room.” Here.
6. Deutsches Currywurst Museum. “A museum dedicated to a Cold War era sausage.” Here.
7. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. “Thousands of coffin-like pillars make up this controversial holocaust memorial.” Here.
8. The Return of the Cows. “Art and a pun, all in one.” Here.
9. Berliner Unterwelten (Subterranean Berlin). “A tour of underground Berlin takes you through WWII air raid shelters and tunnels used to smuggle people out of East Germany.” Here.
10. Burgermeister. “Where once there was a train station bathroom, there is now this German burger joint.” Here.
Stay tuned for my list for Cologne and Amsterdam!