|Denise and David in Europe
Germany - Berlin part 2
updated 26 October 2016
Monday 24 October - Berlin day 3 - Berlin Attractions
Second day of sites in
Berlin. The domed building below is one of the
few that survived WWII bombings.
View 1 of Berlin from another
perspective. Top of the Potsdame Platz
View 2 - a green wedge where the
wall used to be.
View 3 - the oldest church in
View 4 - the Berlin Philharmonic
Building (the gold ones)
View 5 - Streets - nice and wide
with lots of trees.
View 6 - The iconic volcano top of
the Sony Building that represents Mt Fuji.
Our next stop - pictured below
more of the Berlin wall located in front of the
Topography of Terror Museum, which is just out of
view to the right.
The Topography of Terror Museum is
a museum all about the rise and fall of the Third
Reich and all the atrocities in between and who was
responsible. The article below pretty much
sums it up.
Next stop as we round the corner
on foot 'Check point Charlie'
Signage at 'Check point Charlie'
Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint
C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the
best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between
East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
Pictured below is Berlin Cathedral
- quite impressive.
Pictured below is the Holocaust
Memorial. But not only Jews were exterminated
so were the mentally ill and physically disabled,
homosexual, Jehovah Witnesses and other types of
religious behavior that was not "favourable", in
fact anyone who was considered of no use!
Finally what we had been waiting
for... The Brandenburg Gate.
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument and one of the best-known landmarks. It is built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.
It is located in the western part of the city centre of Berlin. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which led directly(at the other end of the boulevard to the royal City Palace of the Prussian monarchs.
Pictured above - On the insides of
the pillars some interesting sculptures.
Here we are enjoying our day at
the front of the gate.
A close up of the bronze statue on the top of the gate - a chariot drawn by four horses. The new gate was originally named the Peace Gate and the goddess is Eirene, the goddess of peace.
Our last stop for the day the
Reichstag. This is where the government do
their thing. We were hoping to go in but
were informed that if we did not have an
'appointment' (i.e. a booking) then we could
not enter. They were fully booked until
Wednesday and we leave Berlin Wednesday morning so
no way will we get inside this building. It's
a bit creepy though... I can just imagine Hitler on
those steps long ago with a bazillion people
saluting him from the grounds in front.
The Reichstag and grounds.
The dome at the back was an observation deck that is
open to the public - only by appointment of course!
We said goodbye to our hop on hop
off bus ticket and took a leisurely walk back to our
hotel via two of the modern day government
buildings. It was only a few hundred meters
Well it was a fun night at the hotel.... suddenly all the buses disappear and 35 police vans roll in and set up road blocks. We thought there was an attack at the station - but it turned out to be some young demonstrators who do this every Monday night.
Tuesday 25 October - Berlin day 4
Our last full day in Berlin.
The Jewish Museum - The Holocaust
Some information ...
Ancient texts follow...
The Torah containing the first 5
books of the old testament.
Star of David lantern 18th
Century. Is lit just before the beginning of
the holy day of Shabbat. This lamp originated
in the middle ages.
The corridors of the Berlin Jewish
Museum. It was a nightmare to navigate.
Everything was at an angle and the floor sloped this
way and that way too. Very disorientating.
We ended up spending about 4 hours
or more in the museum..... yes we eventually did
find our way out.
Pictured below is a view from the
203rd floor of the TV Tower. It was a bit
foggy but not as bad as the day before and this was
our only chance to see the views from up there.
We enjoyed a non alcoholic
cocktail at the 203 Bar. Delicious!
This is a 360 degree view from the
top and it does in fact rotate. There is a
restaurant another level above the bar.
More misty views. This
building featured is Landgericht Berlin Regional
court. Badly bombed during WWII but lovingly
restored to its former glory.
Alexander Platz below. A
major shopping area.
The theatre below is where the
theatre group Freie Volksbuhne emerged from the
labour movement in 1890. Its purpose was to
make theatre accessible for those from poorer
The neighbourhoods of Berlin.
Notice how each takes up a whole block and they all
have center courtyards.
I phrase from the Jewish Museum
that is often here in our family. We think
this phrase is a fitting conclusion to another great
day on our holiday.
Farewell Berlin you have been kind
Wednesday 26 October - Berlin to Prague
9:03 train to Prague from Platform
number 1 at Berlin Hbf. Alarm set for 6:30am
followed by a quick breakfast for us. We were
both up way too early. We are really looking
forward to the next leg of our trip - Prague (Czech
Republic) Oh NO.... David doesn't have any
Czech-kroners (pronounced checker-onas - local
currency for the Czech Republic).
Inside our fast train. And boy did it pick up speed today. We have found one thing. It is really hard to take photos out of a dirty train window that is going 280 kilometers an hour! So for give us if some of our photos today are looking a bit grainy.
Countryside along the way.
Country town .... still in Germany.
Not far from Dresden the terrain and the housing starts to change.
You have to be quick to take these happy snaps. On this train blink and you miss them.
Our train follows the river Elbe until we get to Prague.
This marks the Czech and German border.
We are now in the Czech Republic!