Berlin - it all happened here.
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I have always been fascinated with World War II, so to visit the place that was so influential in such recent history was a little surreal.
It seems the Germans want nothing more than to forget Hitler - the site of what was his Chancery and his extremely fortified underground bunker (where he married and committed suicide) are no more, and in their place is a sidewalk, carpark and apartments, with no reminder of them ever being there.
I visited the Reichstag, which is the German Parliament. It now has a glass rooftop dome to symbolise that the German political system is transparent. I was fascinated that it was because of this building burning down that Hitler actually gained a lot of his power. We went inside and climbed to the top of the dome, however unfortunately, parliament was not in session so we couldn't see anything. I did like the architecture there though!
The other major historical element of Berlin is The Berlin Wall and what remains. It is so hard to imagine having to live like that...
Other sights that we visited were The Checkpoint Charlie Museum, The Eastside Gallery on the longest stretch of remaining wall, The Victory Column, and the Jewish Memorial.