Chronicle Lover? Amazing Berlin Awaits You Part1
The Capital of Germany located at the northeastern part, Its worldly known for its beloved country’s emblematic history which until now has its traces that can be found in the City.
It’s the largest among all of the cities of Germany it’s also covered with numerous parks, forests, gardens, rivers, and lakes. It also has a temperate climate like Lugano, a bit glacial in winter and warm in summer.
About the People
This City as a lot of variety of foreign residents although German is the official language.
Apparently locals can speak different languages, since they have foreigners migrated in here such as Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Polish and English of course and a many more.
Germany the country itself is full of history not just from medieval ages but up to 19th century.
The famous happenings after World War II, Cold War, Berlin Wall and the well-known person all over the world Adolf Hitler.
It’s a 3 days plan in Berlin and I have prepared this two significant and helpful maps to guide us in our brief tour.
“Le guide du routard” and “Cartoville Berlin” both in french version, you can also find your own map guide as I always say everyone has their own preference.
Again I do not follow all the guides that are indicated in these books I only choose what I prefer or I can do considering the time and of course the fees.
The distance from Brussels to Berlin is quite long around 8 hours it’s almost the same as Lugano and Geneva by car.
3-4 stops on the road includes coffee break, breakfast in-car (with homemade food), gassing up, and necessary rest from severe fatigue of driving.
We took a hotel from IHG as usual with buffet breakfast, wi-fi included while parking is excluded.
It’s a walking dinstance to Potsdamer Platz which is likely the city center.
After hours of driving we finally arrived at Berlin, the first thing that I noticed was there were a lot of “travaux” roads in construction. there were roads that are closed and deviated that makes us 9 hours of travel in total.
When we arrived at the hotel first thing comes to my mind is to search the nearest grocery store and buy some stock of food for the rest of the days that we’ll gonna stay.
Asking from the receptionist about the weather, the nearest subway stations, and restaurants, and a City Map.
The hotel is actually situated where there were restaurants in the vicinity and a grocery store which closes at 9:30 in the evening,
It’s the first time in the history in my life that I have seen this hours of opening and closing from grocery stores in europe.
Walking around until city center, It was not so crowded not like other cities. large space for people to walk, and really nice view.
I have seen the cloud formation and the color of the sky that time it was fascinating, after a quick walk.
Mall of Berlin was the next to visit and at the same time we need to eat also kinda late lunch. after that a little bit of window shopping then walk around the area.
Pavillon Der Einheit
No I’m not in Korea I’m still in Berlin amaze by this structure house build in the middle of the wall of berlin.
Sadly on the part the wall is already gone you can see only this few pieces of wall including this here in the picture.
Its called “Pavillion of Unity” found near Potsdamer Platz.
The last kind of tower that is preserved in Berlin situated near Potsdamer Platz from the border of Erna-Burger-Strasse. you can definitely access inside and go on the top to have a panorama view of the city.
open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm entrance fee of 3,50 euros/person
Personally I didn’t wanna go up cause it seems not to hight for my taste.
I prefer higher than this tower and plus Berlin offers a lot of Panorama View and I’m looking forward to it.
Next stop for Day 2 is The Spy Museum, 5 minutes walk from the Wall WatchTower.
The experience was really great from the entrance of the Museum a high technology portal passage like, a color changing stairs, various kinds of gadgets displayed and a lot more treasures for spy collectors.
Berlin is believed to be the Capital of Spies, for more than 1,000 pieces of exhibits exposed in the museum.
You will learn when and where it all started, very interesting to know this kind of stuffs.
This will surely awakened your imagination and probably to be more vigilant on how simple objects can be used as a weapon.
Some of the Collections
Unfortunately for you I won’t show that much of photos this is really a must to go Museum.
If you love history, Spies history, from Sci-Fi and Spy Movies to Agents and Fakers, Secret Weapons, Coders, and Gadgets these are unbelievable creations,
However the entrance fee cost a little bit higher than expected its 18 euros/person and the Museum is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Science Center, Berlin
The Ottobock Science Center in Berlin featuring its eye-catching modern facade also known as “Muscle House“.
It actually offer viewers to learn more about their own body in an interactive and playful manner.
There are mostly concentrated on inventing new gadgets to help those handicapped persons. Here you can test the wheelchairs, bicycles, and other stuffs that are innovatively created for handicaps.
They are open everyday and the entrance is free of charge so you can freely enter in and discover their wonderful exhibits.
Also known as Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, I presume that It’s particularly clear the name of the place itself explains everything, it is located at Cora-Berliner-Stasse.
Before the Second World War begun the City of Berlin has one of the largest population of Jewish habitants.
The creation of this memorial place has vividly caught attention from the media, resulting of some speculations about the information of victims and etc.
The Entrance is found in the other side of this place from where we were.
We walked around having no idea what’s inside of this blocks, trying to find the logic of how come they made this form.
Honestly when you see the list of places that you must visit in the area you literally ignore to read the information you just follow what the book says and be discovered it for yourself, after a few moment we decided to do a tour in the inside.
Inside the Holocaust Memorial
The moment I entered the place I felt something, I felt a lot of chills this place is so touching. there are different stories of life mostly struggles.
I can’t imagine how they have lived their lives, hearing their story makes me feel helpless. if I was in their shoes that period.
I felt sympathy and hate at the same time how come the authorities let this happened how did the world turn out to be hell for this innocent people. Moving on, I don’t want to specify more to go on details.
let’s just leave it that way its the past and we’re happy that at least some people survived. I have learned a lot from this tour, I would never forget this one.
To visit the Holocaust Memorial is free open from 10:00 am to 8:00 in the evening.
You will receive an audio guide for this tour (for free) you can make a tour for about an hour or more but surely bring some tissues with you cause you’ll be moved and might shed tears unintentionally.
One of the best known landmarks of Germany is the Brandenburg Gate.
Located west of Pariser Platzone it’s an emblematic symbol of its major historical events and also a symbol of Unity and Peace.
In 1945 after world war II Berlin has lost almost all of its infrastructures, buildings, and apartments and the city was then divided into four sectors administered namely USA, France, Great Britain and Soviet Union.
Due to the unification of Soviet zone and East Berlin, KPD and SPD to form a Socialist Unity Party.
Severe conflict risen between Allies and Local party organisations and Berlin Wall was built to divide the city into two East and West Berlin.
Access to West Berlin through the Soviet Occupied Zone was difficult. travel is only permitted on transit routes until the war has ended Berlin Wall was demolished on 1989 and reunification on 1990.
I recommend you to read the whole history of Germany.
Especially the period of Cold War where Germany is divided, the Berlin Wall is created and how Berliners went through this situation.
It will help you understand more the story of what I’m saying about the victims and the people’s wound.
Bear of Berlin
As you visit the City, Statues of Bears are all over from key chains to stuff toys to souvenirs mugs, post cards to t-shirts you’ll find it everywhere.
The figure of Bear has been used as a charge in the “Coat of Arms of Berlin” shows a black bear on a white shield and on top of the shield is a special crown “people’s crown” which is the state logo.
Sometimes interior and sports logo which features the arms shield, without the crown and its used in Germany to denote republic. The popularity of bear begun in 17th century it now called as Berlin’s Mascot.
Means “Little Traffic Light Men” this is the Germany’s symbol of pedestrian Signals, you will notice it usually when crossing roads in the traffic lights instead of normal human figure like its gonna be like this as you see in the picture.
This symbol is very popular in Berlin when the time where the City is divided since then they have already different symbols a figure “woman” in red color in west and the green color “male” wearing hat in east.
There was a time that this images was prohibited to be on the streets. but East Germans made a successful nostalgia movement which made the Ampelmannchen return to pedestrian crossing from then on it has become a Virtual Mascot.
We passed by on this Ampelmannchen shop where all various types of pedestrian symbols around the world are shown, and souvenirs.
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)
Located in the northern area of the Spree Island is the Berlin Cathedral short term for Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church.
from the name itself it has never been a cathedral since it has never the seat of a bishop however it’s definitely a crowd pullers.
I haven’t personally entered the Cathedral since we arrived there a little bit late but I have gathered some info of the 90 minute tour if you’re interested.
It offers to see the ministry church and it impressive cupola, different chapels, the imperial staircase, Hohennzollern crypt (100 coffins) and its Museum and an access to the top of the dome.
Entrance fee is 7 euros/person opening and closing hours are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm from October 1st to March 31st closing time is 7:00 pm. Admission is 1 hour prior to the closing time.
Altes Museum (Old Museum)
Can be found just few minutes walk from Berlin Cathedral is the Altes Museum, is the oldest museum in Berlin.
known for it Classical Antiquity collection, It has several exhibitions from vases, sculptures, crafts objects, jewelry, and its main highlights are the statue of Berlin Goddess, The Praying Boy, Amphora of Berlin Painter Throned Goddess from Taranto.
Its main floor provides a panorama view of the ancient Greece from 10th to 1st Century BCE.
Also has the coin collection from Roman Empire crisis years in the 3rd late century about 1300 are exposed.
There are a lot more to look forward for however for me I have already seen this kind of exhibits, from several Museums that I went in Athens, Rome, and Paris I would rather skip this one and give way for other interesting spot to explore.
The Museum is close on Mondays, its open from Tuesdays to Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm entrance fees is 10 euros per person.
Roads on work
As walking through this filled of “in construction” roads I have seen a corner where a woman was exposing some paintings, they were really attractive and ended up buying one of it.
As she was explaining about the purpose of her selling them for a school project of from an Art University.
She said that those 15 paintings are made from different artist including her.
There was one that really caught my eye, it was with lamp figure ballerina like with a sheer of vivid colors.
Astonishingly the one that I chose was her creation and she was very happy and pleased and even sign the painting on the back of it.
We continue to walk around and look for a spot to go next, not that far from where we are. Well this is all for now but I still have a lot to show you and don’t forget to check out the next part of my journey in Berlin.
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