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... memorial is a glass pane in the ground which looks into a pure white room with walls lined with empty bookshelves. There is a quote that is beside it which states "When you begin with burning books you end with burning people", this quote was from the Spanish Inquisition way before WWII. Our tour ended with discussing how Berlin is growing and prospering but still respectfully remembering and learning from its past. We also discussed that unfortunately Germany is not ...
... place. I only had to queue for a bit over an hour in the end, which wasn't so bad. When we got to the very front of the queue, we were offered some immediate entry tickets, which were previously unavailable, so I assume someone didn't show up to collect them, stupidly (in hindsight, more on this later), we turned them down as they had security screening and Glenn had his pocket knife on him and I didn't have my passport on me which someone said you needed for entry, so we ...
... Yep, you guessed it... A Gluhwein and a pretzel! Catching the bus home once we were all warm and full of good wine :-) Finishing the night off, we had a wonderful dinner at the Alt Berliner Wirsthaus. They have the menu is 6 different languages and serve awesome tasty traditional fare with great beer! Monday was a less eventful day as my cold really has settled in. We stayed in til about 10am and then headed out to just walk around the shops today and buy me a ...
... remaining watchtower. I got lucky - it was open when I got there and for three euros and fifty cents I got to climb up and get the same view border guards would have got between 1961 and 1989. A step ladder goes half way up to a platform before changing to another ladder to a hatch and the interior of the tower. A further hatch (locked when I was there) allowed guards to climb onto the roof. I had found it a couple of days before and decided purely on the spur of the moment to ...
We next walked to Potsdamer Platz & on the way passed the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. It was really quite dramatic.
After a short rest, we walked to the Reichstag for our scheduled tour at 3:30. It was also quite impressive. We toured the building & were told the important historical facts. The Reichstag became the center of the ...