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Undoubtedly, the metropolis of New York City is always worth a visit. But do not forget, New York is made up of five boroughs.  One of those boroughs is Brooklyn. In addition to a diverse cultural program, the city also offers countless sights that you would like to explore on your next trip. Since just one visit to New York is hardly enough to discover all its highlights, below we present the best Brooklyn sights that you should not miss.



New York City is administratively divided into five boroughs. In addition to Manhattan, where the Empire State Building and Wall Street are located, among other things, Brooklyn is one of the best-known of the five New York boroughs. The others are Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.

Brooklyn has enjoyed steady population growth since its incorporation in 1898 and is now the most populous borough with influences from multiple cultures. This multiculturalism finds its expression in the many Brooklyn highlights, which we present below.


Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has become one of New York’s most distinctive landmarks. It is probably one of the most famous Brooklyn sights in the world.

The suspension bridge that was once the longest of its kind in the world connects the two boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It spans the East River over a total length of over one kilometre.


In addition to six lanes, the Brooklyn Bridge has a separate pedestrian and bike path that offers a unique view of large parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan and the East River.



Along with the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge is one of three suspension bridges that span the East River, spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan – more precisely: Chinatown in Lower Manhattan.

Due to its striking construction, the Manhattan Bridge is a popular photo motif and one of the most beautiful Brooklyn sights.

At the same time, there is a footpath on the outside of the lower level of the bridge, which offers a similarly spectacular view as the Brooklyn Bridge.



A popular Brooklyn attraction opened in September 2011 close to the Brooklyn Bridge, attracting young and old alike. Jane’s Carousel is a historic carousel with 48 hand-carved horses.

A special eye-catcher is the minimalist glass building, which is intended to protect the carousel, which was first put into operation in 1922, from wind and weather.

Jane’s Carousel not only offers an excursion destination for families visiting the US metropolis with their children but also a unique photo opportunity with the imposing Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline in the background.



An absolute must on your Brooklyn tour is a detour to super hip and hip Williamsburg. Since the prices are (still) reasonable here, many young and creative people have settled here. You can feel and see this in the bar and restaurant scene as well as in the shops located here.

Williamsburg is “the place to be”, especially in the evenings. We strongly recommend that you try out a few bars and restaurants here. 




The Brooklyn Botanic Garden covers an area of ​​21 hectares between the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park. A visit to the botanical garden is an absolute highlight for plant lovers, especially during the cherry blossom season in spring, when more than 200 Japanese cherry trees are in full bloom.

A large rose garden, native tree and shrub section, Shakespeare Garden, and areas for children to explore nature also make the Brooklyn Botanic Garden a popular year-round destination.



Just off the northern tip of Prospect Park is a landmark dedicated to the fall of the American Revolutionary War. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch is a triumphal arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, built from 1889 to 1892.

In addition to the bronze figures of the two US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. There is also a statue of the winged goddess of victory in a quadriga on the granite monument.



In the heart of Dumbo, the Time Out Market is an undisputed Brooklyn highlight that is unparalleled even in a metropolis like New York. Bars, restaurants, cafés and a wide range of cultural activities – the Time Out Market New York offers all of this.

Under the roof of a large market hall, the city’s best chefs cook dishes from all over the world in more than twenty small restaurants.

Guests can be seated in a single large seating area in the middle of the hall and enjoy fine dining. In addition, there are regular events where the hottest DJs, singers and artists provide the best entertainment.



Coney Island Beach at the southern end of Brooklyn with the Coney Island amusement park is also known as the entertainment district of the metropolis. As early as the 19th century, New Yorkers used the peninsula as a place to relax and retreat.

Today you can take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic at Coney Island Beach, relax in the sun and buy unusual souvenirs at the quaint stalls.



The Cyclone Roller Coaster at Coney Island is one of the most famous roller coasters in the world. The curved and daring wooden roller coaster opened in 1927 and has long been the highlight of Coney Island’s amusement park.

The track has a length of 800 meters with a maximum height of 26 meters. During the ride, you have a great view of Coney Island and the southern part of Brooklyn.



The Brooklyn Museum is located not far away from the Arc de Triomphe and directly at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Visitors to Brooklyn who are interested in culture will find collections of art objects from all over the world in New York’s second-largest museum.

The main focus is on Egyptian art as well as masterpieces from China, Korea and the Middle East. Another topic is the comparatively young history of the USA, to which the entire upper floor is dedicated.

Temporary exhibitions by various artists are shown on the ground floor. The Brooklyn Museum is easily accessible for visitors thanks to its subway station.


Our Final Word

Our final word is get out of Manhattan and check out Brooklyn, as well as the other boroughs.  Besides incredible architectural buildings and engineering, culturally there is so much more to see and experience.  

Map courtesy of Wanderlog, a trip planner on iOS and Android


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