Overlooking the city on Mount Penn is Reading's symbol, a Japanese-style pagoda visible from almost everywhere in town and referred to locally as "The Pagoda". Built in 1908 as a hotel and restaurant, it remains a popular tourist attraction.

The Santander Arena, formerly known as the Sovereign Center seats up to 8800 for concerts and 7200 for indoor sports. Since September of 2001 it has hosted over 2200 shows in a wide range of genres.

View of Reading, PA from Skyline Drive on Mount Penn

Completed in the mid-1920s, the series of canvasses that adorns the ceiling of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church depict 224 life-size saints, martyrs, virgins and other significant Catholics. They were created by Count Berthold von Imhoff, a famous painter of religious art works.


Point yourself in any direction and choose from a diverse array of Restaurants. If you are one that likes to try local favorite restaurants on vacation, then Reading and Berks County will not disappoint! Reading and Berks County has the traditional, the spicy, the sweets and other fine eats to make your stay truly memorable.

See and Do

Reading and Berks County has so much to see and do. Explore first-class attractions, museums, art galleries and performing arts venues. Our many diverse tourist locations reflect Reading and Berks County’s prominent historic past and its movement towards a progressive future.


Cheer on the home sports team at an action-packed sporting event. From the Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, collegiate baseball, hockey, indoor arena football and soccer, as well as youth sports and equestrian events, Reading has sporting activities to cheer about year round!

Explore History

Learn about the History of Reading and Berks County by reading our exclusive Historical Articles or read about the Development of the Catholic Faith. View our collection of vintages maps of Berks County too.

Films and Movies

View Films and Movie Clips spotliglighting Reading and Berks County. View movie clips of "Rabbit Run," a 1970 American independent film directed by Jack Smight adapted from John Updike's 1960 novel. Fifty-five percent of the movie was filmed in Reading.


Reading and Berks County have many unique shops to explore along with national retail brands. You can find almost anything in Reading and Berks County from the expected to the unique in shopping.

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