Danke schön Berlin

Danke schön (“thank you”)

All throughout my trip I’ve seen traces and heard echoes of World War II in every corner. Berlin was where I found the culmination of this history. Over 90% of Berlin was destroyed at the end of the war resulting in a very modern, almost young city. Berlin had the most complex, but very organized, infrastructure that I have ever encountered in my travels (I balked at the sight of their transportation system map). It seems in every corner there are museums, monuments and memorials for every group of people directly affected by the war. I’ve never seen a city so humbled by its past. I admire this city.

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

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Hotel Adlon, famous 5-star hotel by the Brandenburg Gate

Hotel Adlon, famous 5-star hotel by the Brandenburg Gate

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Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower

Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower

Rotes Rathaus, seat of the Berlin Senate and the Neptune fountain in Alexanderplatz

Rotes Rathaus (seat of the Berlin Senate) and the Neptune fountain in Alexanderplatz

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Gendarmenmarkt, one of the main squares containing the concert house flanked by two identical cathedrals: the German Cathedral to its left and the French Cathedral to its right.

Konzerthaus (concert hall) and the French Cathedral at the Gendarmenmarkt

Konzerthaus (concert hall) and the French Cathedral at the Gendarmenmarkt

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Konzerthaus

sculptures on top of French Cathedral

sculptures on top of French Cathedral

statue of Friedrich Schiller, German poet known for providing the lyrics to Beethoven's Ode to Joy

statue of Friedrich Schiller in front of the concert house, German poet known for providing the lyrics to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

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The Berlin Wall

a section of the Berlin Wall

a section of the Berlin Wall

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look closely at the brick markings on the road, this go around the city signifying where the Berlin Wall once stood.

plaque near Checkpoint Charlie signifying where the Berlin wall stood.  If you can read the words right side up then you're standing on the East Side.  If you're reading it backwards then you are standing on the West Side.

plaque near Checkpoint Charlie signifying where the Berlin wall stood. If you can read the words right side up then you’re standing on the East Side. If you’re reading it backwards then you are standing on the West Side.

East Side Gallery: at .62 miles long, it is the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall in the city.  In 1990 the wall was painted by artists from all over the world.  Now unfortunately these paintings have been covered by graffiti and signatures of tourists.  Here are some sections I like:

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Holocaust Memorial by architect Peter Eisenman.  A very informative museum is located underneath.

Holocaust Memorial by architect Peter Eisenman. A very informative museum is located underneath.

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The Reichstag dome, it provides great views of the city.

The dome above the Reichstag, it provides great views of the city.

interior Reichstag dome

interior Reichstag dome

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Döner kebab :-)  it is said that the modern version of this sandwich was invented here in Berlin.

Döner kebab 🙂 it is said that the modern version of this sandwich was invented here in Berlin.

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