Ich Bein Berliner

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

 Day four in Berlin and we have just come back from a fantastic walking tour with Insider Tours led by an ex spy Nigel Dunkley. What a wonderful knowledge this bloke had on working inside East Germany during the cold war and the overall history of Berlin itself. Although the walk was mostly in minus four degrees and it was really cold, the five hour walking history lesson was well worth it. (Note from Del - it WAS interesting but, at certain points I really wished that he would just shut up and walk because it was so very cold that my legs were cramping just standing still!)

A lot of the old buildings in Berlin have been destroyed as a result of the heavy bombing in WWII. One new area of signifigance is the Holocaust Memorial  - a city square with concrete blocks of various sizes made to look like a jewish cemetary. You can walk through these blocks which become a maze and at points tower three metres above you on all sides. Below these blocks is the memorial to the holocaust.

This is a brilliantly done memorial that is an extremely quiet and repectful place which highlights the plight of the six million jews who died at the hands of the Germans in WWII. It is a place well worth visiting.

For anyone who is into this period in history there is something new to see every day - Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenberg Gate, the Reichstag, Hitler's Bunker (which is now a car park!) and a museum called The Topographies des Terrors, which is a history of the German SS and the horrors they perpetrated on the people of Europe.

After all these negative reviews of history you need to lighten up a bit so what better way than to find the best chocolate shop we have ever seen!.  Fasbender & Rausch. One floor of chocolate to buy and the other floor - their  restaurant which  only sells chocolate fare.  Del was in heaven especially when they led us to the Gluten free area.   Smiles all around.

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Kerrie on

Now I am feeling very impatient to get going again. We visited Berlin on our 2007 trip. The Holocaust memorial was certainly moving. We tried to get someone to tell us what the blocks represented, but everyone we spoke to had a different interpretation. Our walking guide was an Irish girl - her knowledge of Berlin was also amazing. Stay warm.

winnie on

The last time i visited the memorial, it was full of chewing gums and the teenies were playing tag...

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