Two Days in Berlin, Germany (Winter 2015)

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.

Berlin is a cultural, historical and political center of Europe
Berlin is a cultural, historical and political center of 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.

Berliner Dome - truly amazing place of worship
Berliner Dome – truly amazing place of worship

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.

Panorama view of inside of the Berliner Dome
Panorama view of inside of the Berliner Dome

Berliner Dome is a multistory cathedral open to the visitors – you are free to explore. It is also possible to enjoy amazing view

Panorama view from the top of the Berliner Dome - not to many high buildings
Panorama view from the top of the Berliner Dome – not to many high buildings

from the top.

Staircase in the Berliner Dome -1
Staircase in the Berliner Dome -1

View offers unique panorama of entire Berlin but then you have to use the stairs to walk down…

Staircase in the Berliner Dome - 2
Staircase in the Berliner Dome – 2

…and it is long …

Staircase in the Berliner Dome - 3
Staircase in the Berliner Dome – 3

… walk…

Staircase in the Berliner Dome - 4
Staircase in the Berliner Dome – 4

…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.

Berlin U-Bahn - best transportation system ever
Berlin U-Bahn – best transportation system ever

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.

A nice peaceful view of Checkpoint Charlie with young GI...
A nice peaceful view of Checkpoint Charlie with young GI…

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

Brandenburg Gate at night - plenty of folks walking around - great site
Brandenburg Gate at night – plenty of folks walking around – great site

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 at close
Brandenburg Gate at close

Brandenburg Gate was also heavily damaged during WWII and was restored to full glory only after the re-unification of Germany.

Brandenburg Gate and Chariot on the top
Brandenburg Gate and Chariot on the top

On Unter den Linden you can also find some other interesting sites connected with German history.

Famous intersection
Famous intersection
Blast from the past: East German Soldier and Trabant - East German plastic car = must see place
Blast from the past: East German Soldier and Trabant – East German plastic car = must see place
Potsdamer Platz - plenty of high risers in the area = good subjects for night photo session.
Potsdamer Platz – plenty of high risers in the area = good subjects for night photo session.
Sky-risers have this
Sky-risers have this “Star Wars” appearance — at Potsdamer Platz.
Girafe made out of Lego blocks at Potsdamer Platz.
Girafe made out of Lego blocks at Potsdamer Platz.
Another out-of-this-world skyscraper - superb subject for night time photos at Potsdamer Platz.
Another out-of-this-world skyscraper – superb subject for night time photos at Potsdamer Platz.
Very cool way of making this bench visible at night - Potsdamer Platz.
Very cool way of making this bench visible at night – Potsdamer Platz.
Some reminders of the Berlin Wall are still in place as reminders of the troubled past. Right now they are very colorful.
Some reminders of the Berlin Wall are still in place as reminders of the troubled past. Right now they are very colorful.
Holocaust Memorial at night - designed to ensure that future generations will remember the horror of WW II - really amazing site
Holocaust Memorial at night – designed to ensure that future generations will remember the horror of WW II – really amazing site
Berlin TV Tower - the tallest man-made structure in the Germany (368m). I was build in late 1960s by East German government. Has a cool restaurant up in the ball.
Berlin TV Tower – the tallest man-made structure in the Germany (368m). I was build in late 1960s by East German government. Has a cool restaurant up in the ball.
Rather cool photo of Berlin TV Tower reflecting in the near office skyscraper.
Rather cool photo of Berlin TV Tower reflecting in the near office skyscraper.
Elbe River and
Elbe River and “Moby Dick” – pretty cool design

 

Finally clear sky - we had great walk in the park
Finally clear sky – we had great walk in the park

Please see few other posts from scenic train rides, GAPA, Bavaria and Munich!

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  1. aseltina says:

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