Really interesting and fantastic views of Berlin! What a building, great history. We did the tour around the dome which was great! There are many things to see in Berlin but you have to go here, it’s part of the German Parliament and that should be enough to go and have a look. You are given a free audio guide which takes you around the glass dome and also points out key buildings and the history behind them when looking out of the view! It has been restored after being neglected and it look great. For some of the best views in Berlin, and one of the best presented ways of seeing the city, then a trip up the Reichstag cannot be beaten. We were lucky enough to go up on a clear night and had a fantastic view of the city.
This was amazing. The murals that were seen on the Berlin Wall were great for looking and seeing how others felt oppressed during this time. There are plenty of chances for photo opportunities and the wall section itself is long so you can see many different murals and types of artwork. Well worth the walk. The Berlin Wall was a symbol of the Cold War for many years. .When it finally came down in 1989, there was finally a unified Germany. The Wall has been a canvas for artists to express themselves and I really enjoyed looking at it.
Berlin-the city most people think of when thinking of Germany. We toured the city and stopped at some of the highlights-Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial and the History museum. Even though the east and west are united, there are still noticeable differences between the two halves of the city.
At the Checkpoint Charlie museum I found some experiences very moving like the boy being passed over the barbed wire to his mother and the consequences for the soldier permitting this. I also admire the braveness of the East Germans who made escape attempts and their accomplices, their ingenious methods, often with the most basic tools. From the outside it is somewhat unimpressive; it looks old-fashioned and cramped. It is, but the information is enthralling. Allow plenty of time to read the plethora of information and look at the displays. We didn’t have time to watch all the films or read all the information displayed. It is a wonderful inspiration and is as relevant today as when it was first founded in 1962.
Attending the Holocaust Memorial is a bit of a surreal experience. The uneven ground makes you feel unsettled while the large blocks and the vastness of the site give you a sense of how large the problem of the Holocaust was. Very interesting memorial site. The memorial is made up of two parts, an above ground stone memorial and a below ground information center. The stone memorial is very deceiving in its appearance. From the edge, it looks like just rows of knee high blocks. It’s not until you start walking through do you realize that the blocks are at differing heights. It’s not long before they are towering above you. The crisscross layout and height of the stones really starts to play with your senses. Which I assume is intentional to mirror how Jewish people may have felt.
Wow. This was a wonderful addition to my trip to Germany to really understand the history, from the way beginning, of Germany. There is a video in the first part of the museum which is a must watch. We only spent a a little bit of time here and it was definitely not enough. When we were here there was a special exhibition of art works by inhabitants of the concentration camps, most of whom did not survive the camps. Chilling but inspiring example of mans indomitable spirit . There are also exhibitions of German history through from its origins in Prussia and Brandenburg which I knew very little about beforehand.