Germany has proposed closing tourist sites around the country in an attempt to cut costs and improve public safety.
In a letter to German chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin’s state tourism chief said it would “reduce” the number of sites open to the public and stop the closure of other areas.
The government has also proposed the closure or relocation of two sites in Berlin, which has seen a surge in tourists and a rise in crime and pollution, following the November Paris attacks.
The Berlin City Hall in the city centre has become a tourist attraction after hosting the St Patrick’s Day parade.
The city’s government has previously said that the closures would be temporary.
The move comes after the Berlin city government’s interior minister said it was planning to close the city’s popular and popularly visited Berghain, which attracts around 200,000 visitors a year, to make way for new hotels and restaurants.
The site has long been the centre of protests over Germany’s migrant policy, which many argue is fuelling crime and a lack of basic public services.
The protests have become a major point of contention in the elections.
Mr Fassbender said that in the letter, the Berlin government would also close a nearby park in Berlin and close another in Berlin’s west, the Bauhaus, where a former asylum centre sits.
The proposal has been welcomed by a number of cities and towns in Germany.
A spokesman for the city of Hamburg, which sits on the site, said he welcomed the decision.
“I think it’s a great initiative, especially for the tourists,” said Bruno Lohmann.
The mayor of Munich, which was also to close its popular Berghaine, said that his city would also look to take down some of its other tourist attractions.
“We’re very interested in the idea of taking down some buildings,” Mr Lohmeier said.
He added that he hoped the city would consider the idea if it got the necessary approval.
The interior ministry has also launched a task force to investigate the potential impact of the closures.