May 30, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
. One of our favourite museums was the Pergamon. It had Roman columns and temples and full rooms set as it would actually look like, with pieces of the real thing. The most awe-inspiring part of the Pergamon, was the gates of Babylon! King Nebuchadnezzar himself was said to have laid part of the foundation. Parts of the gates and halls were reconstructed to make it look as it would have during the time of the Babylonean Empire. The Natural History Museum I found to be just as interesting as the Pergamon. It says it has the largest full dinosaur bone skeleton on display in the World. There were also exhibits showing the formation of the planets (cool stuff), and a special mammoth exhibit. The Jewish Museum and the German Museum of Technology were some other wonderful ones.
Berlin also has many memorials set up throughout the city. The Jewish Memorial has an area with many smooth concrete blocks about the size of a grave that start about knee high, but as you walk closer to the centre, the blocks tower way above your head. They are meant to symbolize the murdered Jews of Europe. There is also the Berlin Wall Memorial, to remember the people killed who tried to cross over the wall during the Cold War. I read one victim's bio of how his friend and him tried to escape, but only his friend made it (too long for the blog). There was also the Topography of Terror Memorial/info station that was set up along a street that walked through the events involving the Nazis from 1933-1945. Many people were caught between terror or death. We also saw Checkpoint Charlie, the American checkpoint location where all troops had to go through after the Russians liberated Berlin.
Wow! There is way more I could write on Berlin, but some stories will just have to wait til we get back.
Our plan was to save most of our museums for London, because Jess knew they were free and there are a lot of them. To our surprise, Berlin is full of them too! When we heard this, we started reading about which museums would actually be worth a visit. By the way, the best deal in Berlin, besides the transit pass, was the museum card. This card costs 9.50 Euro for students, and you can go to how ever many museums you want in three days that are on the list. Most of the museums in Berlin are on this list and almost all the major ones. Plus, you don't have to wait in line with the masses to buy a ticket on the day you want to go to the museum, you just walk to the front. We didn't go overboard on the museums, but we hit all the really cool ones. The Neues Museum had a big Egyptian exhibit, with tombs and sculped heads that were from 3000B.C. The main attraction of the Egyptian artifacts was 'the bust of Nefertiti.' It is the fixed up head of an Egyptian Princess in an amazing dome shaped room