|Denise and David in Europe
Germany - Berlin part 1
updated 23 October 2016
Saturday 22 October - Berlin day 1
Berlin (Hauptbahnhof) Central
Station. Look out Berlin, the Kuchmars have arrived!
... and next door only 100m away
is our hotel the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin.
We are on the third floor with a view of Berlin from
our floor to ceiling windows that is terrific.
After a short rest and lunch, we
set out for an easy stroll that ended up in a long
walk. We just couldn't help ourselves.
We are so central to a lot of points of interest it
was hard no to get involved in the sites along the
Pictured above is the front of the
Government building. Behind it The Bunderstag.
Pictured below the Fernsehturm -
there is a look out and a restaurant. Hoping
to check it out. This was photographed on zoom
from our hotel window.
Our afternoon walk started at the
river Spree. We enjoyed watching the cruise
boats sailing up and down and especially were
entertained watching them turn around up
stream. We actually out walked the boat cruise
so we know what they were looking at so no need for
a boat cruise now. It is so dark on the river
tonight and so quite I am thinking no dinner cruise
either! Before we knew it we had walked about
2 kms and our sites were set on a monument in the
distance about another 500 meters or so away.
Everything seems so neat in
Berlin. Even the buildings along the river
look neat and all the same height. The walk was
exactly what we needed after our long train trip
this morning. Strolling along hand in hand we
were enjoying the scenery and the fresh air.
The weather was overcast and cool but not cold.
Not quite Check point Charlie yet
but needless to say a checkpoint. Now, which
way to go?
We decided to head toward the gold
angel on the pole in the distance.... passing
Schloss Bellevue the Presidents residence.
and arriving at the Siegessaule via
an under the road entrance. Berlin's answer to
the Arc de Triomphe perhaps, complete with huge
roundabout surrounding it. The traffic more
orderly than Paris however.
Some statues nearby.
Helmuth Karl Berhhard Graf von Moltke was a German Field Marshall. He was the chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years. He is regarded as the creator of a new more modern method of directing armies in the field.
A close up - The ‘angel‘ on top of the Victory Column is actually not an angel. It is meant to be 'Victoria' – the personified goddess of victory in ancient Roman religion. The monument was originally designed without the Victoria sculpture on top.
Now to climb the column via spiral
staircase. Denise counts the steps 292.
We get to the a narrow and unsettling viewing
platform. Hold on.... only room for two rows
of people up there. Cosy as it was we had our
turn in front to take photos.
Wow... it is a long way
down....Look at that roundabout!
More of Berlin as it branches out
from the monument.
and not only that ........
woahhhhhh!!!! Easy stomach.
Fighting off a bit of the wobblies!
Back at ground level we caught a
little cab ride back to the hotel, rug and all. It
was fun. We ended up going through some lovely
parkland. Check out the green lake behind us.
Views through the Tiergarten
and some lovely woods...
Thank you Elvis for the great bike
Another break at the hotel and
then dinner at the train station. Handy having
a food court next door.
Sunday 23 October - Berlin day 2
- Our Tour of The Berlin Wall