Pupils service of worship
When the whole Cathedral is filled with the buzz of young voices, when a band is making great music and boys and girls are singing their hearts out, when posters are unfolded or wishes written on the Cathedral's pillars – then this is the school pupils’ service held at Berlin Cathedral. Hundreds of boys and girls from primary and secondary schools across Berlin and Brandenburg pay a visit every year to the services held for pupils on the Day of Prayer and Repentance (“Buß- und Bettag”) and on Reformation Day. School groups are welcome, as well as children and adolescents who wish to visit our services on their own or with their families.
Guided tours for kindergartens and school pupils
Every year sees approximately 1,000 school classes visit Berlin Cathedral. A trip to the largest church in the country is definitely a worthwhile experience. Our trained team of Cathedral guides offers special tours for pre-school and school classes (grade 1 – 13) that take the children through the Cathedral. Discover more
Animated films in our media library
Our media library contains numerous three-minute animation videos on the history of the building, famous personalities and the Hohenzollern family crypt. They are entertaining and easy to understand, and make you want to get involved with the history of the Berlin Cathedral. The films can be downloaded for private and educational purposes. Our films are particularly suitable for children and adolescents and for the purpose of history or religious education. They are available in German and in English in the media library.
360° panoramic view – perfect for curious cats
The 360° panoramic view, which can be enjoyed from our dome is considered one of the most beautiful in the whole of Berlin. Children and adults who manage to ascend all 270 cathedral steps to the very top on foot will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Berlin's historic city centre. Without being obstructed by a single pane of glass, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the ‘Rotes Rathaus’ city hall, the ‘Humboldt Forum’, Museum Island, the river Spree, Berlin’s Television Tower and so much more, from a height of 50 metres. The view is a wonderful spectacle for curious cats both large and small, who love to play ‘I spy with my little eye’ high up in the sky. A walk around the Cathedral’s dome is included in the tour.
Go get that treasure at your leisure!
With our Global Treasure App visitors are given the chance to go on a treasure hunt throughout Berlin Cathedral, while learning lots of interesting facts about its history, architecture and congregation along the way. The app is particularly suited to families, couples or small groups, who are keen to discover the Cathedral by undertaking their own active and fun-filled tour. That is why there are two tours: one for grown-ups and one for children. Both in German and English. During the multiple-choice phase, three suggested answers are provided to every question. The treasure hunters can decide which answer is correct, for example in answer to questions like: How many pipes does an organ have? Who was actually responsible for the cathedral’s construction? Where did the Emperor sit during the services?
The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play Store by visiting www.globaltreasureapps.com.
- that Berlin Cathedral has a floor area that spans 6,270 m² and is the largest Protestant church in Germany?
- that four key Reformation figures (Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Melanchthon) adorn the Sermon Church (Predigtkirche)?
- that Berlin Cathedral is intentionally similar in appearance to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the largest Catholic church in the world?
- that the Berlin Victory Column (Siegessäule) would easily fit inside the Cathedral?
- that here, on average, 800 Christians join in our services of worship in our church every Sunday?
- that almost 1 million guests visit Berlin Cathedral every year, its services of worship and concerts, including thousands of Berlin's schoolchildren?
- that roughly 80 concerts a year are held here?
- that the Cathedral spends roughly €15,000 a day for electricity, water, heating, security, church work, construction work and members of staff?
- that the Hohenzollern family crypt is the final resting place of 94 members of the royal family, including a select number of Electors, Queens and Kings?
- that the world-famous ‘Sauer’ organ has 7,269 pipes and 113 registers?
- that you can enjoy a unique view stretching across Berlin from the Cathedral’s 50 metre high dome?
- that the oldest official charter in our archive originates from the year 1409, and that everyone is allowed to view the roughly 300 metres of files in our archive?