Berlin Travel Blog

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There is something about Berlin that is intoxicating. It is by no means a pretty city but it sure is a vibrant and dynamic one!!! The pace at which the city modernizes without destroying the remnants of its fascinating past is something that other cities should try to emulate. The architectual juxtaposition illustrates the city’s long and interesting history. Indeed no other city better encapsulates the history of the 20th century better than Berlin. The city is also full of culture - great monuments, excellent museums and several world-class symphony orchestras.

The German Parliament (Reichstag) is very cool. There is a new glass dome at the top of the old building. From here you have a bird's-eye-view of the city. It is free to go up however I recommend that you go early in the morning as the waiting queues can get very long.

The "Story of Berlin" is a cool, interactive museum that displays the city's history from its foundation right up to the present. It is well designed and makes patrons feel as though they are actually traveling through the city's various eras. Part of the tour includes a visit from a real nuclear bunker built during the Cold War.
Another great museum (albeit touristy) is the Checkpoint Charlie one. It shows the Cold War history of Berlin and the various stories of espionage, military tensions, families and lovers attempting to reunite, and escape attempts.
Of course the most famous museum in Berlin is the Pergamon Museum. It has the world famous Greek Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate from the ancient city of Babylon. Both are reconstructed in all their glory. The museum's collection is extremely rich and is not to be missed. One could easily spend a full day here.

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I truly cannot wait till I am back in Berlin.

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