Leonardo Airport Hotel Berlin Brandenburg
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On Sunday morning, august 13th 1961, the border between West and
East Berlin was closed. East German soldiers tore up the streets and
the roads in order to prevent any vehicle to pass by. Barbed wire and
wired fences were installed along the border towards West Berlin.
Anyone trying to hinder the work would be shot.
During the course of one day, many families were split apart.
If someone happened to be on the wrong side of the border ...
... though both our brains are currently in a state of mush from information overload, after learning what feels like the entire history of Berlin and Germany in the space of 5-6 hours! One of my favourite sites of the day was the "Memorial to the Victims of War and Tyranny". This is essentially a massive room, with bare walls and simple stones paving the floor, with a marble platform in the centre, holding a statue of a mourning mother sat cradling her dying ...
... of how some escaped (one man snorkeled to safety!), heard radio shows in which callers tried to send messages to loved ones requesting meetings in East Berlin as they could not leave, and read accounts of secret agents of both sides, including one man who escaped East Berlin only to become a spy for the GDR a few years later and turned in many who also attempted to escape.
After the museum, we climbed to the top floor, where we could see the remaining ...
... We aren't artsy people so we admired the buildings from outside and didn't enter. There's an Egyptian exhibit that might be worth checking out. At the north part of museum island was a huge church with beautiful green domes, toped with gold accents. We sat on a bench to admire it. Berlin is home to European largest department store so after admiring the church we went to check it out. The place is called KaDaWe and it's a 6 floor department store. First floor- beauty, ...
... French embassy. Keeping an eye on those pesky Froggies. Next we made our way to the Jewish memorial. This is basically a city block filled with rectangular concrete blocks of varying heights. There are no names or descriptions, no words anywhere in fact. When asked what it all means, the architect simply replied, I'm an architect, I design things, it is up to the people who see it to define what it means to them. It cost €27 million to build, you think he ...