If I'm not better at least I'm different.
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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The Französischer Dom did not disappoint. Built in the 18th century, it was reconstructed in the 1980’s after the war. It wasn’t totally destroyed, but the dome on the top needed to be replaced. Once we’d walked all the way to the top, we could walk around a terrace on the outside of the church to get full unobstructed views of the city which, unfortunately, has about zero in the way of a skyline. However, it was still nice to get a bird’s eye view of everything.
Our next stop was the famous avenue called Kurfürstendamm. The street is lined with restaurants, shops, and houses; however, we were here to visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Like everything else in Berlin, it suffered extensive damage during WWII leaving only the partial remains of the spire. To supplement the remains after the war, a new church was built around the remains of the old one. Unfortunately, the new church is a disgusting concrete honeycomb pattern that resembles in no way a church. Little did we know, that the remains of the church were undergoing renovation and we could only visit the ground floor and see a few historical items from the church’s past.
We meandered back to our hostel after making a few other stops by some museums. We were glad that we were able to see a more refined version of Berlin that wasn’t entirely covered with graffiti (though there was still plenty). Our last stop will be a concentration camp known as Sachsenhausen, just outside of Berlin.