I Love Berlin

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Germany's capital city continues to change

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

 
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 Berlin map:
 
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Map: Lower left is the location of Brandenburg Gate, and the top right is where the TV tower is.
Nolle restaurant is located to the upper right of Brandenburg Gate, and Museum Island is just a few blocks to the right of the restaurant.   

BERLIN:
Nov 12: Today was an all day excursion from Wittenberg to Berlin, the capital of Germany.   It's also the largest city with a population of 3.5 million people.    During the Third Reich, it was Hitler's headquarters, and also the focal point for the Cold War when Stalin created the GDR in 1949, and Russia imposed a blockade in 1961 in East Germany by building a wall. The wall fell on November 9, 1989, and most of us are familiar with President Reagan's speech, "bring down this wall!"   A small section of the wall is still standing which shows two different walls; the first was the Nazi SS wall where the Gestapo SS had their headquarters, and the second, the Berlin wall that most are familiar with.   The majority in our group had a very short time to enter the museum for a WC break, but I tried to see and take pictures of some on display in the main hall.  
 
Berlin was totally destroyed during WWII by allied bombings.  When I visited Berlin in 1994, most of the buildings were under reconstruction.   Our hotel was located in East Berlin, and our visit to Checkpoint Charlie was a completely different experience, because the area still had the original Checkpoint Charlie, and the surrounding buildings on the street retained the feel of the WWII period.  Today, Checkpoint Charlie and the surrounding area all looks new and artificial.  

Our morning tour on this trip included some of the most important sites of Berlin including Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, (drive by) the Parliament Building *(Reichstag) - site of the Third Reich's final defense, and the "walls" and their museum,   We were given free time after lunch to explore on our own.   I walked to Museum Island, but the tickets were sold out at the art museum, and the line was too long at the Pergamon Museum, so I walked to Alexanderplatz to look at the clock at the TV tower square, but it was gone.   I returned to Unter den Linden by returning on other streets to immerse myself on this busy thoroughfare loaded with souvenir shops, restaurants, coffee shops, the US Embassy, and Brandenburg Gate.   We had to be back at the restaurant where we had lunch by 4:30 to return to our boat.    

Below is a poster of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church listed as poster 5.  This is one of the important sites in Berlin.

  
 
 
 
 

   
 
  
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We boarded our boat at Magdeburg after leaving Berlin. 

  
 
 
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