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A whirlwind tour of Berlin

Posted in Berlin, Germany by folkestonejack on October 2, 2008

A whirlwind day of sightseeing took me from west to east and across a bewildering number of time periods. My first stop was the rooftop of the Reichstag with its wonderful fusion of old and new, certainly well worth all the hassle that you have to go through with security. It was a fabulous first look across the surprisingly green heart of Berlin. After this leaving the Reichstag behind, I moved on to the Monument to Soviet Soldiers in the Tiergarten and then through the Brandenburg Gate.

The German flag flies from the Reichstag in Berlin on 2nd October 2008

The German flag flies from the Reichstag in Berlin

I took in a fascinating exhibition Mythos Germania: Shadows and traces of the Imperial Capital which provided a fascinating glimpse into the way Berlin might look today had the war worked out differently and the ambitious scale of the changes that were planned (with a fair amount of disregard for what was already there). It was interesting to learn how much had been started and still remains today in its embryonic state.

After this look at what might have been I headed from Unter den Linten to Hackescher Markt (via Friedrichstrasse) for a look at what has been and gone at the Pergamonmuseum, followed by a short visit to the Berlin Wall Documentation Center on Bernauer Strasse. Finally, I wrapped up the day at the Berliner Fernsehturm with a view across the city as night fell…. time to get some rest after a frenetic first full day!

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