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featuring Berlin

When I bought my ticket for Berlin, I didn't know I was going directly to the former eastern zone, but I did. It worked out very well that way, because I was mostly interested in that sector. I wanted to see how the city had progressed and, of course, the Berlin Wall.
Like Rotterdam most of Berlin was destroyed during the war. And although a lot of buildings look old, they have been reconstructed. As much original construction as possible was used, but you can see the new and the old in the buildings. Chips in walls and columns, from bullets and shrapnel, are visible. East Berlin is still catching up with the western section, due to a failure of the GDR to place a lot of emphasis in restoration.
On this page you will see parts of Germany on the train trip to Berlin, photos taken during my wandering around the city and some photos taken on the train to the Czech Republic. The next page (Berlin) will contain photos taken on a walking tour with a guide.





When I saw this sign, I knew I was in Germany

Farm house with corn field

I remember well the forests of Germany

Even the houses looked familiar

Coming into Berlin Ostbahnhof

East train station

Walking to the train station from the hotel

And inside there's, heheheheheh, an Irish Pub

Inside the station to Friedrichstrasse

First stop: U.S. Embassy
I wanted to go to the Embassy to see about changing some money. Wrong! The place was so secure, I didn't even try to get in. I was stopped by a German Police officer and made to delete the photo of our flag. "For security reasons." I showed him my passport, but it didn't make any difference. No photos! He didn't know I had already taken the one above. And the one below. Then I took a walk (or maybe a train) to Unter den Linden Strasse.

And down the strasse

Unter Den Linden Strasse
Unter Den Linden Strasse is a long boulevard, with a wide walkway in the middle, with trees on each side. You are really walking "Unter den Linden" (Under the Linden trees). The trees were ripped out by the Nazis, so they could have their parades. They were replaced after the war.
The street is closed to traffic on weekends, so people can enjoy the peace and charm of this street. Many of Berlin's historic buildings and monuments stand on this street. It was early morning when I arrived and not many people were there yet.

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When I took the photo on the left, I didn't know what it was. I had to do a little research. The building with the flags and huge glass dome is the Reichstag.
The Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament, is one of Berlin's most historical landmarks. It is close to the Brandenburger Tor and before the reunification, it was right next to the wall.
After the reunification the decision was made to move the Bundestag from Bonn back to Berlin. This decision resulted in the latest reconstruction which started in 1995 and was completed in 1999. The design by Sir Norman Foster added a glass dome over the plenary hall. At first the subject of much controversy, the dome has become one of the city's most recognized landmarks.
In the right photo are the Berliner Dom and the Berlin TV Tower.
Berlin Cathedral is the former court cathedral of Prussia's royal family, the Hohenzollern and was conceived as a protestant answer to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Ignoring the criticisms of his contemporaries, the new cathedral arose in accordance with the wishes of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
The Television Tower, Fernsehturm, (fondly referred to as "The Silver Skewer") of Berlin is directly connected with the historical situation of the division of Germany into two parts and the division of the city of Berlin. The former GDR saw the necessity to build a powerful transmitter in the middle of the eastern part of Berlin and in addition to this the Television Tower was meant to become an architectural and political symbol.

The National Opera (Staatsoper) on the left, on right
Alte Bibliothek (Old library) part of Humboldt University.

The Humboldt-Universitä´ zu Berlin (Humboldt University
was founded in 1810 as the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitä´®

The ivy covered walls

of Humboldt University

The intersection of Unter den Linden

and Friedrichstrasse

The Old National Gallery

Friedrich II with the State Library behind

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On the left are statues of Friedrich III. (I think)
On the right the Zeughaus was built in 1706 and was the former Prussian Armory. Now it's home of the German Historical Museum. This is the oldest building on the tour. It was originally built under the rule of Friedrich I.


Music is "Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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