Unter den Linden, Berlin
Favorite thing: Unter den Linden (under the lime trees) is a boulevard in the Mitte District, probably the most famous street of Berlin. It runs east-west direction of the city centre. Actually, it is long and large avenue from Schlossbruecke up to the Brandenburg Gate where so many historical, cultural and political sites could be found. For many tourists and visitors it is starting point in exploring the city of Berlin.
Favorite thing: Unter den linden (or under the lime trees) is one of the main streets in Berlin, there are a lot of important buildings on this street. It stretches from the Brandenburg Gate to the schlossbrucke through the Mitte district.
Favorite thing: Just off Unter den Linden, a bit behind the Neue Wache, the "Palais am Festungsgraben" is a dignified 18th century town house. Inside is a handsome marble concert hall, and the popular Tadjik Teahouse. (I had hoped to go to the Teahouse, but it didn't fit in with my schedule on this trip. Maybe next time.)
Favorite thing: The Zeughaus on Unter den Linden is a genuine masterpiece of the north German baroque. It was built to be an Armory during the reign of the first King of Prussia, Frederick I, and dedicated in 1706. Now it is home to the Deutsches Historisches Museum - the German History Museum. Currently this section of the museum is closed for renovation, but the new wing - designed by I.M. Pei - is still open.
The statue in the courtyard of Humboldt University is of Hermann Helmholtz (1821-94), Professor of Physics here from 1871 until his death. He was an important mathematician and biologist as well, and made significant contribution to the fields of thermo- and electro-dynamics.
In the 19th century, Berlin was easily one of the most important centers of intellectual activity in the world.
Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835) was a Prussian attorney and scholar of the early 19th century. He and his brother Alexander (1769-1859) helped to found Berlin University. (The institution was renamed in their honor in 1949.)
This main administration building, however, was constructed in the middle of the 1700s for Prince Heinrich, the younger brother of Frederick the Great.
Fondest memory: The first place I wanted to see in Berlin was Unter den Linden. I arrived at Alexanderplatz from the airport, and instead of going to the hostel, I decided to walk this famous avenue. So much of what makes Berlin great can be found along Unter den Linden, such as Humboldt University, Neue Wache and Zeughaus. But my favourite was the Brandenburg Gate; just as I reached it, the sun came out and the light poured through the gate, making it and Unter den Linden look really spectacular.
This is probably Berlin's grandest and oldest boulevard. It stretches east-west for just over a mile between Schlossplatz and the Brandenburg Gate. It was originally layed out as a Linden Tree Avenue in 1647.
You can seen many monuments from different periods and styles.
In the middle of Unter Den Linden is a statue of Frederick the Great, " the last great absolute monarch in Western Europe".
go to Humboldt University.
Many famoous names are connected to this university. Hegel, the brothers Grimm, Planck, Einstein, Koch and Sauerbruch, to name but a few, all taught here.
( NOTE: IT is one stop of bus 100, you can arrive this place easily by bus 100.)
Favorite thing: This large promenade running through the Brandenberg Gate is lined with trees and shops of all kinds. The US Embassy is on Unter den Linden and very close to the Brandenberg Gate.
Favorite thing: Designed in the Neo-Baroque style, and built in the early 20th Century, the State Library is home to an official collection that dates back to the 1600s.
Favorite thing: I.M. Pei's always has ingenuous solutions for the problem of moving pedestrians from one level to another!
Favorite thing: A grand boulevard with a grand view - the Berliner Dom (cathedral dome) and the Fernsehturm (the gigantic radio tower) oddly complement one another from this perspective!
Favorite thing: One good thing about visiting Berlin in wintertime - the chance to see the bluest of blue skies! Berlin's classic architecture is seen to its best advantage on these clear crisp days.
Go to Unter Den Linden and see this man on a horse...
Fondest memory: ...it's the finest man on a horse you'll ever see. Honest.