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Berlin at a glance


                                                                                       

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Do you think it is impossible to get an overview of the city within 5 hours? It’s not. In fact, many of Berlin’s world-renowned sights are concentrated within the city center. Even on foot, you can see them within 5 hours. Still, this type of tour is an overview.

If you want to know more, get more detailed information, and see more specific places, we might need a vehicle and 6 hours. So the following locations are presented as a list for visitors who come to Berlin for the first time.

 

 Kleiner Friedrich1  House of the Cultures

Concerts and entertainment of all kinds from around the world are presented on stage here. The building, designed by ...
Hugh Stubbins, was opened in 1957, and the design is simply stunning. The costs were covered by donations from American citizens. John F. Kennedy spoke here when he came to Berlin 1963. Berliners gave the building a nickname, as they often do with spectacular designs, calling it ... let me tell you when I take you on a tour!

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Victory Column

The Victory Column was built in 1873. It was intended to celebrate the victories that led to...
the German unification in 1871. The column is hard to overlook because of its size but also because a shimmering golden statue stands atop it. The column bears some historical images, and the French, especially, did not care for the way their  defeat in 1871 was displayed on this monument. So let me tell you how some of the images attached to the pedestal were once destroyed and why they are now back in place.

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  The Reichstag

The Reichstag was used as a parliament by the Kaiserreich and during the Golden Twenties. Burned in 1933, it ...
didn’t house the German parliament again until the 1990s. It stands for the dark sides of German history: the two World Wars, the reign of the Nazis, and the division of Berlin that lasted from 1961 until 1989. So how can the Germany of today use this very same building as a symbol for its democracy? Let me show you the new features that ensure that this works. Andin case you want me to organize your visit to the building itself, just tell me. I’ll take care of it.Reichstagklein

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Soviet war memorial

The memorial with its massive statue of a soldier and guns and tanks was built in autumn 1945. In fact, it is ...  
located in an cemetery that contains the ashes of several thousand Soviet soldiers. Let me explain some details and tell a few stories about the process of constructing this memorial. Also, I will tell you why it is situated in the part of Berlin that was once the British sector.Bfpics2

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Brandenburg Gate

Designed as part of the city wall, the gate was opened in 1791. Napoleon walked through it and into Berlin, as did Hitler...
and Goebbels a century later. During the Cold War it symbolized the division of Germany, as it was located in the area that was no man’s land. Here, right behind the Brandenburg Gate, Ronald Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gate became the symbol for a united and democratic Germany. For sure, this is a Kodak moment....Bbtor

 

Kleiner Friedrich1 (so called)  Holocaust Memorial     

Because of its overwhelming design, visitors who come tothe memorial often feelalienated. The location is ...
more than prominent—close to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. The memorial is a huge field of steles, with 2711 concrete blocks, that is accessible to the public. It takes 10 minutes to walk through this site, and it goes deep into the ground. It’s an experience that has left no visitor untouched whom I have accompanied. So, how to interpret this place? The architect, Peter Eisenman, never gave any explanations, saying it’s a “place with no meaning.” There has been a colorful public debate about its meaning, and I have an idea about it, too....

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  The Berlin Wall

The idea of dividing a city of 3.5 million people in half has already started to seem weird...
to us today. And if one thinks about a wall that is 27 miles long and 11 feet high, guarded by thousands of border guards with orders to shoot at anyone who trying to cross the no man’s land—well, this is inconceivable in the world of today. Well, that was the daily reality in Berlin for almost 30 years, until the Wall fell in 1989. After the breaching of the Wall in November of that year, the authorities removed it rapidly and almost completely. Today, only three places are left where the Berlin Wall can be seen, and only one of them gives an idea of the whole fortification line. Let’s go to this place … I have a million stories to tell!

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Checkpoint Charlie

When the East Germans built the Berlin Wall in 1961, they also thought the borders between the allied...
sectors of Berlin would be under their authority. That proved to be a misconception. When East German border guards took it upon themselves to check GI’s on their way into the Soviet sector, General Lucius D. Clay responded by sending tanks to Checkpoint Charlie … tanks that had their guns pointed at East Berlin. The eastern side reacted in kind, and the world held its breath, waiting to see who’d start shooting first. At least, this is the official version you might find in the books. By chance, I once heard another story that seems much more likely....

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Gendarmenmarket

Berliners claim that this is the most beautiful square of Berlin. And evcen though its clear that...
this is debatable, it is a beautiful place. Two towers side a big space which is situated in front of neoclassical theater. Its just joyful to drink a latté on the stairway of the theater and observe the vivid surrounding. And I will tell you why this is named Gendarmenmarket and why this is a often misundertood example of prussian tolerance.

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  The Berlin cathedral

Truly an overwhelming builing. The cathedral dates back to 1905. It was built as the kings church, that...
explains how many decorations made of gold one might see inside. Any other Berlin church of lutheran nature will be much mor simple! The cellar of the cathedral contains 92 coffins of Kings and Queens and other members of the royal family. It certainly is worth a visit.

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Garden of Joy

The name of the place somehow contradicts what happened here. This is the place of the parades, Nazis...
as well as Communists showed off their power here. Also many remarkable builings one can find here, the Berlin Catrhedral as well as the place where - within 80 years! - three palaces used to stand. There is no other place in Berlin where layers of history can  be seen as easy as here.

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Humboldt University

This is one of the most well-known universities in all of Germany. It has a rich historical legacy, and many...
famous men and women have chosen to grace its halls as students in the past. These include such names as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Georg Friedrich Hegel, and Robert Koch. However, the university has changed with the times, and now it faces a common struggle, along with every other German university: how to provide a decent, quality education to its varied students, without the resources that is necessary to do so. If you are interested in visiting the campus of Humbolt University, why don’t we visit the cafeteria and have a cup of coffee? As a former student of the school, I must have done that a million times when I was attending the university.

 

 

Kleiner Friedrich1  Museum Island

There is a river running through Berlin, the Spree. In the middle of the city the river divides into...
two branches and surrounds a little island. Well, not so little, considering thatthere are five world know museums on it. Welcome to museum island! Lets discover the place, find out about how the museums were built. How they were filled with all the treasuries. Find out what happened to them during the war. And find out about details of the construction process and what it's like to preserve the island today. I sometimes call the place "the Island of the two ladies. " One lady is Nefertiti. The other one we might even see alive when we are there...

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