Monday in Berlin
Trip Start Jul 16, 2013
36Trip End Oct 07, 2013
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I was rather surprised to come across the rather large Church of Scientology headquarters. I thought they'd been banned as a cult. I think they were having free readings but I didn't want to risk it.
As with most real cities there's a huge park right in the middle. Looks more like a forest though compared with Central Park. I didn't stray much off the beaten track so I'm not sure what it's like further in.
This is the victory column. Apparently there was a move after the war by some of the occupying forces to have it taken down. In a way it's even meaner to leave it up after a defeat...
Various statues. This is to some bloke called Roon. Another general. No doubt he led Germany or Prussia to a few victories and apparently he modernised the army.
I think this is Bismarck. He's certainly got the distinctive Pickelhube.
I was thoughtless enough to forget that I'd probably want to know the names of these blokes for my blog.
I think though that this is Moltke. A Prussian general famous for victories over the Danes, the Austrians and the French.
A pretty impressive castle. One forgets that Germany too had it's fair share of opulence. Or one associates it more with the countryside in Bavaria.
I thought it was Charlottenburg but the pictures on the net look much more impressive. Perhaps this is Charlottenburg but some lesser building out the back.
And I think this is the Reichstag. With a bit of a modern extension.
For tea I tried the Kartoffelhaus - Potato House. All the dishes feature spuds.
I was rather disappointed with this offering. A bit dry. They often fry speck with their spuds and I really think you need some pickled cucumbers or something with it. The speck's always fried till its almost burnt and that makes it even saltier. It probably would have helped if the eggs had been more on the runny side.
And as usual in Germany, no salad no nothing.