Thursday, 7 July 2011

Berlin Buildings

Berlin must have been a beautiful city before World War 2 when it was almost completely flattened.  Some of the present buildings were only built at the end of the 20th Century but they are copies of the originals.  Both the French, Huguenot, Cathedral and the German Cathedral in the Gendarmenmarkt were originally built in the early 1700s.

The French Cathedral which was built for the Huguenots in the
early 1700s was rebuilt from 1977 to 1981

The German Cathedral also built in the early 1700s was rebuilt
in 1996

What remains today of the Anhalter Bahnhof

The Brandenburg Gate which did survive

The famous Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria the Roman goddess of victory, which Napolean famously took to Paris.
The Reichstag.  You can just see the famous Norman Foster dome, which we
had hoped to visit.  Be warned, if you want to go inside, you need to apply
beforehand and it takes 3 days to process after which you are sent dates and times to choose.  This can only be done on the internet - no other way!
Schloss Charlottenburg, one of the lovely buildings which did
survive the bombings
The Soviet War Memorial in the Tiergarten.  Built to commemorate
its war dead, particularly the 80,000 soldiers of the Soviet Armed Forces
who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May 1945.

Checkpoint Charlie is still in place but the soldiers don't look very authentic!

There is no danger of going hungry when visiting Berlin with plenty of restaurants and cafes of every international cuisine. Currywurst is a Berlin speciality fast food snack.  This delicious one was found in the Gendarmenmarkt.

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