Berlin Travel Blog› entry 15 of 83 › view all entries
June 10th, 2007 – by: Horus380
We ate breakfast at the hotel which is
so much nicer than grabbing something
on the run. After breakfast our first
stop of the day was to checkout the
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche. This
is a church built in 1895, it is very
special as it was bombed by the RAF
in world war 2. Most of the church was
completely destroyed leaving behind
only a severly damaged main tower. The
cool thing is that they have left the
church as it was after the bombing so
it gives a great understanding of the kind of damage the war did to berlin. I
was really amazed by the giant hole going straight through the middle of the
Our next planned stop was going to be the Brandenburg gate, however while
walking there we walked past the zoo. I don’t know if it has been on the news
in Australia, but in Europe in the headlines there has been a lot of coverage
about a small polar bear cub named Knut (k-noot).
Knut was rejected by his mother and
left to die, the staff at the zoo
couldn’t just let him die and so they
hand raised the little feller. Knut
spent 40 something days in intensive
care and managed to survive. The
headlines are all bout people thinking
he should be put down because hand
raising a bear isn’t natural, I for
one hate that kind of mentality.
Anyway Knut is the cutest little
bear and is about the same size as
my dog phoenix atm and was well
worth the visit. While at the zoo we
also saw Hippos, Rhinos, Seals,
Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, penguins, flamingoes and pandas. This zoo is the
best laid out zoo i have been to.
From the zoo we again started to walk to the Brandenburg gate, we decided It
would be nice to go through the tier garden (main park).
Walking through the park I got a full
sense of just how liberal germany is
as in the center of the park everyone
was nude just sitting around in the
sun. At the other end of the park we
got to the Siegessaule, a monument
built like most of the monuments I
have seen so far because of a victory
over the French. From the top of this
tower we had a perfect view of the
surrounding area including the gate
and the looooong road leading upto it.
After climbing down again we were both
buggered and were very happy to see a bike taxi waitng for us at the bottom.
He took us all the way to the gate which was about an 8 minute bike ride.
At the gate I saw for the first time the real effects of the berlin wall, the
wall literally went straight through roads and buildings. There is as I think
I mentioned earlier a cobbled path showing exactly where the wall was.
What I found really interesting is that
the Brandenburg gate was stuck in east
germany (by only 10m) and thus was
under control of the russians until
the wall fell.
Near to the gate is berlins most
important building the Reichstag,
built In 1894 is the current federal
german parliament. On the top of this
private parliament is a glass dome
which is open to the public. The dome
is absolutely beautiful and doesn’t
look out of place in the old building.
Inside the dome is a tornado shaped
pillar made from glass panels, the effect of all these glass mirrors is
amazing. The design is definitely aimed at allowing everyone to see it as it
doesn’t have stairs to get to the top, instead it has a slopped walkway that
curves upto the top. I really liked this building.
From the Reichstag we followed the wall (the cobbled line) all the way to
Along the way we first saw 4 chunks
of intact wall that was in between
information cards. The information
was very interesting and I loved all
the graffiti on the wall sections.
Better sections of the wall were found
several km further up, here were large
areas of untouched wall. Also on the
streets next to this part of the wall
were the famous gooseneck light posts
that were in the no man lands area
between 2 sections of the wall. This
was the death stretch off the wall where
hundreds of people tried to get from
east to west berlin. We had a meal at a nice café and then went back to the
hotel to relax.
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