You might hate to recall some memories .but still those would made best learning of your life which cannot compromise with any .YES, still the experience would be at top with beautiful people you met, memorable things you have done and best of foods you ate .finally hardest learning may have opened you to a new experience which is once in life time as an observer.
So here I am in Berlin, a city which was divided by a wall until 1989 .still the gratifies of frustration and remainder of wall and socio –cultural differences in 2 end gives some hits there was such an era . But today berlin stands to be a one and more than west, east try to show off concepts ruled East Germany are false today.
I entered Germany from Munich few days back but just had a rest there for 2 hours only until getting into a bus to Salzburg .So Berlin would be my first major city visit in huge Germany. For me need to have more visits there to other major cities to see those differences ; specially my favourite locality Bavaria .But still Berlin 2 days would be a huge plus point for me to understand effect of Germany to the control of Europe in history, today and tomorrow.
Best of Berlin
Alternative berlin tours
I was being able to catch up some best experience with a hippie like community living in Germany. Most of them are from other countries. There are people from so called developed countries as well as people who hang on Germany somehow from developing countries. The beauty is ones who are in a position to lead, taken the leadership and make them a safer life. They have their own pubs, restaurants, spaces in and nearby river Daniyub and prime locations of the city by now. They have a great practise of working together in most cities and one of their main incomes is tourism. So they have categorised it in different aspects and make a great change to tourism in respective cities. They have art tour , pub tour and so on. It is obvious that pub tour runs at night. So my tour was to see graffiti and our tour guide Rob was a very knowledgeable guy.
Berlin is bursting with lively street art even more than any of the major cities I have visited. This was a well-organized and informative tour. Rob was a highly entertaining and knowledgeable guide. He not only gave us an understanding and appreciation for specific artists, but taught us about the street art culture and how they are affected by the laws and restraints in Berlin. It was a bonus to go back to the warehouse/factory and learn how to create, and, actually create, our own little piece of street art.
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Great craft beer tour with JR
Enjoyed a craft beer tour with our American guide JR; Lots of fun and great beers. Recommended to do this tour at the beginning of your trip to Berlin; as the guides can recommend a lot of places and activities that is not to be found in any tourist book. As a result of our trip on a Saturday we had an amazing Sunday as result of JR recommendations.
Things to do
The Brandenburger Tor also known as the Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most visited attractions and one that once symbolized the divided city of Berlin for many years. The gate served as the main entrance to the city of Berlin when it was first built while much later, before the two parts were united, visitors would come to Brandenburg Gate to climb to its observation tower simply to see the other side of Berlin.
Named to honour the Tsar of Russia, Alexander the First, much of Berlin’s urban history can be reached through this square as centuries of politics, culture and architecture are captured. Today, the Alexanderplatz is mostly a shopping area and a transit junction.
As the squares become the centre of East Berlin, it was used by the East Germany government to demonstrate the socialist architecture.
In November of 1989, one million people gathered at the Alexanderplatz to hold a demonstration protesting the GDRE regime. This protest took place not long before the Berlin Wall fell and was the biggest demonstration to ever take place here.
The Alexanderplatz is where visitors will find The House of Travel. Its name is ironic due to the fact that the GRD placed many travel restrictions. Visitors that go there now hold the publishing house known as Berliner Verlag. This is where the offices of Berlin’s daily newspaper, Berliner Zeitung, are now.
The Alexa Shopping Mall is now a part of the Alexanderplatz and has a multiplex cinema located in it.
3. Fersehtum ( Berlin’s television tower )
Fersehtum is Berlin’s television tower standing more than 360 meters tall and as such it is Berlin’s tallest structure which can be seen from virtually every part of Berlin. This idea for a tower was first raised in 1958 as part of the East Germany’s government efforts to have an iconic office tower in place. Two German architects proposed this tower’s construction and deemed it the “Tower of Signals.”
It was on in late 1960s however that the idea for the Fersehtum was re-launched after being designed by a group of architects living in East Germany and with some help from Swedish engineers the TV tower was built. It finally opened in 1969 and became the DDR’s pride. Films covering the topic of communist propaganda were shown at the Fersehturm to promote East Berlin’s quality of life.
4. Berliner Dome
Built between 1894 and 1905, the Berliner Dom is located on Museum Island in Berlin and serves as a baroque Cathedral. It is Berlin’s biggest Protestant Church and it also functions as part of the dynasty of Prussian Hohenzollern. In the past, it has served as a link between German Protestantism and Hohenzollern.
This church is known for its Dome ceiling that is decorated using eight mosaics. Between 1975 and 1982 it was rebuilt to include spires and a simplified cupola. The Berliner Dom contains more than 90 tombs and sarcophagis because it is the tomb of the Hohenzollern family. Some of the tombs that are displayed are the tombs of Prussian Kings, who were Sophie Charlotte and Frederick the First. These tombs are covered in lead and gold plated tin.
The Dome has an organ that contains more than 7000 pipes. It is known as a masterpiece and is among Germany’s largest. Visiting the Dome requires people to have to go up 270 steps to get to its viewing gallery. The interior of the Dome contains elements of the Reformation period and the New Testament. There are also four towers located directly next to the Dome.
5. Checkpoint Charlie
First let’s talk about that wall. GDR (German Democratic Republic/ East Germany) authorities officially referred to the Berlin Wall as the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart (German: Antifaschistischer Schutzwall), by implication ranking the NATO countries (and West Germany in particular) equal to fascists. The West Berlin city government sometimes referred to it as the “Wall of Shame”.
Checkpoint Charlie is the most famous crossing point at the Berlin’s Wall from East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum began in 1962 as a display that took up two-and-a-half rooms. Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, a human rights activist felt that the display should be of the Berlin Wall. Since its humble beginnings the Checkpoint Charlie Museum has grown into an elaborate exhibition of the Berlin Wall’s history. It was also meant to capture stories from people who were affected by it.
The biggest challenge faced by this museum is the recognition of human rights and the freedoms of people all over the world. This is why the museum’s newest exhibit addresses the history of the promotion of human rights from the 1800s until now. This new exhibit also teaches visitors to the museum about the parts of the world where people still have to struggle for their rights and freedom.
This museum was started with objects that people used in their quests to climb over the Berlin Wall. Visitors to the museum can also read about the escapees that put their lives in danger simply to escape. The museum also serves to help people remember those who died trying to escape through the Berlin Wall.
6. East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery can be found on the most significant remaining part of the Berlin Wall. It is over a kilometre long and can be found spread out along the Spree River’s banks. In fact, it is the world’s longest open air gallery. Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down 118 artists travelled from 21 countries to participate in creating the East Side Gallery by each adding their own unique painting. Through their paintings the artists were able to express their opinions about political events that happened between the beginning of 1989 and the end of 1990. More than 100 works of art can be found at the East Side Gallery.
Due to weather conditions forty of the original paintings needed to be restored in 2009. Since then, school groups have often travelled to the East Side Gallery to receive a guided tour. If a school group requests it, the staffs of the gallery schedules talks from some of the artists that have contributed to the gallery. Visiting this attraction is a great opportunity to learn about the histories of Berlin and Germany in a way that allows one to gain a feel for what it was like to be there.
7. DDR Museum
The DDR Museum in Berlin is a privately owned institution that serves as one of the most visited Berlin museums. Founded in 2005, the DDR Museum actually opened on July 15, 2006. The museum’s focus is the everyday life in GDR and is a place where visitors can get a glimpse into what life was like in East Germany. Visitors can also learn about the border defences used at the Berlin wall and crimes that were perceived as affecting the state security.
This museum is very interactive and allows visitors to look past the doors and into the drawers to fully explore the rooms. There are more than 200,000 objects on the display in the DDR Museum is more than 200,000 making it a very diverse museum. Periodically, events are held at the museum and are open to the public.
Berlin bear would be the icon of them but still that bear has not expanded its arms to grip the world as they are expected to. Due to the bad experiences world was having in 2 world wars, world is still not ready to allow Germany to expand its wings. For example much stronger Germany is not in most UN councils as a main member and no headquarters of any international organization situated in Germany. But they are a front runner for everything and has become a lead in the European Union today with an own identity.
When one mention as Germany it is own identity which is having a history goes back for centuries which are the birth place for many things in Europe including proper languages and proper standardization in most technological things.
It is the world strongest passport which allows more than 158+ countries ( mobility index of 160 (out of 215 with no visa weighted by 1, visa on arrival weighted by 0.7, eVisa by 0.5 and traditional visa weighted by 0)) to enter without many conditions and/or on arrival VISA .there are many foreign intellectuals getting into this land as per strong structure for knowledge. Still the horrors are inside us. But end of the day after losses in 2 world wars Germany says you cannot stop us.