Berlin Journals

Berlin, the Beautiful

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A June 2004 trip to Berlin by Gaires2359

Checkpoint Charlie  Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
Quote: Unique in all the European cities, Berlin has 2 TV towers, 2 congress centres, 2 racing courses, 2 national galeries and 2 zoos!

Berlin, the Beautiful

Overview

Two Becomes One Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Germany's liveliest city and one of the most fascinating capitals in the world. There is no other place where art and culture, museums and theatres, entertainment and nightlife are more diverse and exciting than on the banks of the Spree River. Formerly two separate cities until November 9th, 1989, Berlin became one with the fall of the Wall. Once reunified, it quickly developed into a vibrant and energetic cosmopolitan city. These days, the east side looks more vibrant than the west side, with many a new building project on Potsdamer Platz -- a modern commercial and entertainment center covering an area of 6,700 square kilometers. Global brand leaders have their office buildings here, in...Read More

Brandenburg Gate

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Attraction | "Brandenburger Tor and Pariser Platz"

Brandenburg Gate Photo, Berlin, Germany
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The best known of Berlin’s symbols, the Brandenburg Gate stands proudly in the middle of Pariser Platz, asserting itself against the hyper-modern embassy buildings that now surround it. Formerly, one of 8 gates of the city, this western gate was the one leading to Brandenburg. Crowned by its triumphant Quadriga sculpture, the famous Gate has long been a focal point in Berlin’s history: rulers and statesmen, military parades and demonstrations – all have felt compelled to march through the Brandenburger Tor. Since its restoration in 2002, Berlin’s symbol is now lit up more brightly than ever before. Built by Carl G. Langhans in 1788-91 and modeled on the temple porticos of ancient Athens,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz
Berlin, Germany

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

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Attraction | "Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche"

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche is one of Berlin’s most haunting symbols; the tower of the original church –- destroyed during World War II –- stands in the centre of Breitscheidplatz, serving both as a memorial and reminder of the terrors of war. The ruins of this old church near the zoo railway station have been preserved as a reminder of the senseless destruction that did not even spare houses of God. Professor Egon Eiermann, the architect entrusted with the project, combined the ruins of the spire with bold modern church architecture, preserving a number of surviving mosaics. His design was the subject of long controversy. Only the tower of the memorial church survived the destructio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2004

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
Breitscheidplatz
Berlin, Germany 10789
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Kurfurstendamm (Ku'damm)

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Attraction | "Kurfürstendamm"

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After years of decline, the Kurfürstendamm, or Ku’damm for short, has once again become a fashionable hot spot. Breathtaking architecture, elegant boutiques, and a lively scene with street artists around Breitscheidplatz have made this shopping boulevard Berlin’s most attractive, and at 3.8km, its longest avenue for strolling. Ku’damm, the nerve center of a city of nearly 4 million, is full of people and bustling with life round the clock. Berlin’s most posh shops alternate with restaurants; and between the endless streams of people of all races, the street entertainers playing for a few coins. Once the riding path of the Electors near their royal residence, its present popularity dates ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2004

Kurfurstendamm (Ku'damm)
Kurfurstendamm Karree
Berlin, Germany 10707

C is for Charlie

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Checkpoint Charlie  Photo, Berlin, Germany
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This is the third in a series of checkpoints monitored by the Americans on the east/west borderline. And no, Charlie is not the name of the soldier whose photograph is mounted on the poster board, although it is often the misconception that it is! The U.S. Army has simply used the name denoted for the letter "C" in the international, call-out alphabet... i.e. A = Alpha, B = Bravo, and C = Charlie. I was told by our Berlin guide (who happens to be as lauded the best in the whole of Berlin!) that there ARE checkpoints alpha and checkpoints bravo, though they aren't much visited by tourists. Maybe the poster boys placed at those spots aren't as earnest-looking as the one here? And I wonder if the s...Read More
A shoemaker's nightmare Photo, Berlin, Germany
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The Victory Column (Siegessaule), which stands at some 70m high on a round square on Strasse des 17 Juni, is the focal point of the Tiergarten park where the electors used to go hunting. The Lady Victoria stands at almost 9m tall and weighs 37 tons! Its sculptorm Friedrich Drakem originally had his chaste daughter pose in the buff for the statue, but the statue was given decent clothes at the imperial order of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The monument commemorates the Prussian victories between 1864 and 1871.