In January of 2015 I had a chance to travel to Germany and spent two days in the capital city, Berlin. I was very happy to spent some time in Berlin because this city can be considered as a cultural, political and historical center of the “old continent”, Europe.
I was also aware that to explore, even in part, one of the most important city in Europe – two days is not enough. However, anyway, I have a truly grand time.
I have to state, that Berlin is a very interesting amalgamate of old and new, despite the terrible destruction it met from the Allied bombers and Red Army city siege during the time of World War II. Most of the historical sites are restored from rubble – because almost no buildings remained untouched by destruction – but you will not notice this fact while exploring.
One of the most amazing rebuilding stories is the reconstruction of the Berliner Dome – the biggest cathedral in the city. Destroyed during war, Dome was restored to its full glory and prominence in 1993, after the re-unification of Germany.
Berliner Dome is a multistory cathedral open to the visitors – you are free to explore. It is also possible to enjoy amazing view
from the top.
View offers unique panorama of entire Berlin but then you have to use the stairs to walk down…
…and it is long …
…to the ground level.
Moving between sites of interests in Berlin can be easily accomplished by utilizing one of the best (that is my opinion) public transportation system in the world. S-Bahn, U-Bahn together with tram and bus network make commuting a pleasant experience.
Another tourist stop, a must in every visit to Berlin, is the Checkpoint “Charlie”. It is a painful reminder of recent history when Berlin was divided by the “Iron Curtain”. I will dedicate separate blog to the Checkpoint Charlie in the near future.
Next stop on my list was the Brandenburg Gate, in my opinion, the most recognizable landmark of Berlin. I had a chance to visit the gate
during the day and night. However, in my opinion the night time is again the right time to see it in full glory.
Brandenburg Gate was also heavily damaged during WWII and was restored to full glory only after the re-unification of Germany.
On Unter den Linden you can also find some other interesting sites connected with German history.