Berlin

    Twenty years ago, our hotel in Berlin would have been in no-man's land between the East and West, it was about a three minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate and as you'll see, I have lots of photos of the Brandenburg gate.

    I really liked Berlin. It has a hip and happening vibe to it, but also a real sense of history. Stop anyone over the age of 25 and they'll tell you their story about the Wall. The path of the wall is still marked out on the ground and its almost surreal to see where it goes.

    I thought it was a straight wall across the middle of the city, but no it zigs and zags all over the place. We went to one of the bits which is still standing and admittedly it looks a little underwelming. I expected it to be bigger and more menacing. Of course, the minefields, guards and automatic machine guns have been taken away, so that has dropped it back a bit.

    The Checkpoint Charlie museum is worth a visit, its intersting to see how people both coped with the wall, then tried to escape, in some cases they were successful and in some cases they weren't.

    There was a visit to the Reichstag, the German Parliment which offers very nice views from the top and one of the most complicated skylights you're ever likely to see.

    We visited Potsdam and took in the sights there, then headed back to Berlin. Potsdam is a nice place to walk around, sort of the upmarket side of Berlin, where you want to live, but probably can't afford to.


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The old Poland - German border crossing
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Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate
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Holocaust memorial, Berlin
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I liked this elephant
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The Reichstag Dome (German Parliment Building)
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Berlin from the roof of the parliment
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Me!
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The Reichstag (German Parliment)
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Remains of the Berlin Wall
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Checkpoint Charlie
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Checkpoint Charlie
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Last warning of leaving West Berlin
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Winmill at Sanssouci, Potsdam
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Giant birdcage at Sanssouci, Potsdam
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Sanssouci (Summer palace of Fredrick the Great), Potsdam
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Detail at Sanssouci
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The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kept as is from WWII)
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The Brandenburg Gate
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The Holocaust Memorial
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The Brandenburg Gate
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The Brandenburg Gate
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The Brandenburg Gate
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The bricks on the road are where the wall was
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The Brandenburg Gate with a glimpse of the Parliment
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Holocaust memorial at night
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The Brandenburg Gate
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The Brandenburg Gate at dawn
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Another bit of the Berlin Wall, this is the painted part
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