The Reichstag is Berlin's parliament. It is, on the facade, what looks like old Europe. It endured a fire, and was reconstructed with the incorporation of modern elements. Just beyond the parliament seating, which you will see through the entrance and just before taking the elevator to the upper level, is a giant moving mirrored tower with a transparent spiraling ramp surrounding it. A steel and glass cupola tops this tower, allowing 360 degree views. This stunning reconstruction makes the Reichstag a functioning work of art.
kreuzberg, the turkish quarter
walk around the turkish quarter, the poor quarter of berlin.
get a doner kebab. shop at the local stores. some of the consignment stores have some great finds!
transportation on the metro takes you right there.
The Holocaust Memorial is a site dedicated to the murdered Jews in the holocaust. This is an erie place because you are standing on what appears to be solid ground, with these rectangular and trapezoid shapes all around you; but you are actually standing on the crest of a small hill, one of many that make up the topography of this memorial. One could also describe it as an art installation. Whether you feel you are standing on the Empire State Building, or being surrounded by gravestones, each person has his own interpretation. Maybe the artist intended this site's meaning, beyond, the obvious memorial, to remain mysterious.
Berlin's wall extends throughout the city. It is professionally and naively painted with spray paint, or whatever anyone can get their hands on. It is cracked and crookedly standing, and through time, some paint has eroded, only to be replaced with a new generation of patriots. There are two sides to this wall, remember! There are little gates and cracks to crawl through for access to the "other" side. It is well worth the visit. It is a part of the history of the world.
we went to checkpoint charlie, went through the museum that has replicas and original cars and gadgets people invented to get through the wall (smuggling kids in suitcases, hiding in trunks of cars, digging tunnels underground, flying over the wall in a hot air balloon, etc.) i have been using the metro like a champ, after getting lost a few times of course. i walked through this really old turkish community that has the meat of "real" germany. i had a doner kabab. it was so delicious. we saw the Reichstag, the Brandenburg gate and did a lot a lot a lot of walking .... not eating much of their food. truly, the best food in germany is not german. we went to this beer garden last night and my friend ordered a veal brat and it came in a pot of hot water....just a brat in hot water...and it was white. no bun.... it's just different. i had something that looked like 3 really long red sausages, 3 pieces of an unidentifiable brown bread and half a plate of sauerkraut that looked like mashed potatoes. it was pretty damn good though once i put it all together with some mustard.
i understood this as the most important symbol of freedom when i was in berlin. i unexcusably didn't know much about the history of this landmark, and that is due to my laconic attention span in regards to history. it's one of the checkpoints (or entrances) between east and west berlin. it is heart wrenching, inspiring and it sets your priorities straight, if only for a couple of hours.
things to do in Berlin
Berlin is a beautiful city.These are a few places that I would suggest --
Potsdam and Sansucci Palace(this would be a day trip.the palace is amazing and the boat ride to reach Sansucci is thoroughly enjoyable)
Shopping at KADEWOO(the largest shopping place in Europe)
Site where the Berlin Wall existed.
City tour(take one which includes former East Berlin)
Hope you have a wonderful trip.
Built in 1859 by E. Koblauch in arab-bizantine style, was severely damaged during the Crystal night (when hundreds of jewish shops and synagoges were destroyed), and completely destroyed by a fire in 1943. In 1995 was reconstructed, and now holds the Centrum Judaicum. It´s located in the Oranienburger strabe, now a very trendy street, full of cafés and restaurants.
Pergamon Museum (Ishtar Gate)
This beautiful gate was the eight gate to the city of Babylon. It was dedicated to goddess Ishtar. Through the gate rans the processional street with walls covered of lions made by tiles. The reconstruction was made in 1930 by Robert Koldway. There´s also a small model of the original place.
This great museum built in 1922, is a magnificent place. Inside you can find the wonders of the Ishtar Gate, The Pergamon Altar, The Mileto´s market gate, and the facade of the castle of Mschatta. This building only deserves a trip to Berlin.Related to:
The symbol of the city and also of the reunification of the two Germanies. Built in 1788 by Carl Gottard Langhans, was the end of the Unte den Linden avenue. After the second world war this gate was inside the Democratic part of the city. Over the gate of 26 mts height, a goddes of peace drove a carriage driven by 4 horses.Related to:
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Berlin you can't be a berliner
spend some time in both the West and East and take notice of the differences, the're were more differences than I thought there would be...the houses, prices, architecture, the people....You must see the wall realize how this wall just went straight through one city....
i'm not even going to pretend i know german history.
there you go.
Pergamon Museum (Pergamon Altar)
This wonder was originally built in the 2nd century Bc, by the greeks in Pergamon, Turkey. The Altar is 113 metre long, with a gigantic frieze of fights between gods and the giants.Related to:
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