Berlin Day 2

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Berlin Rathaus

I woke up on my second day in Berlin and my foot still seemed fine.  I had decided that I would revisit some of the sites we saw yesterday, but I would spend more time there today.  Some things I did not need to see again, so it worked out really well.

My first stop, on my way to the Rathaus (town hall), was a bombed out church from the war.  It was simply left that way as a reminder of what happened.  I went from there to the red Rathaus.  This was not too far away from the Berliner Dom, and our guide had said the inside was worth seeing, so I went back that way to check it out.  It definitely was beautiful from inside, and I am glad I went.

These are all over the streets - placed in front of homes where people were taken to camps
  You can even go up the dome to the top, which offers some views of Berlin.  I didn't find the city itself terribly beautiful, but it is a very large city and just hard to capture from the cathedral.

As I continued my walk, I passed a building known as the "New Guard House".  This building is dedicated to the victims of war and tyranny.  Inside the all but empty building is a statue of the Virgin Mary holding her dead son.

From there, I walked over to Bebelplatz, which is where the infamous book burning took place by the Nazis.  In an ironic twist of fate, they were having a book sale there.  As I mentioned earlier, under the square is a memorial to the book burning - with just enough shelves for every book.  There is a large piece of clear plastic that allows you to see the room.

Remnant of the Gestapo HQ and information on the war crimes committed
  My next stop was to the Catholic church that had been bomed during the war.  The church now exhibits a brightly colored dome where the bomb pierced the roof.  Inside the church, the hole that the bomb made upon impact was converted into some additional rooms.  That's making the most of the situation!

Leaving the church, I moved on to Checkpoint Charlie, simply because it was on the way back to the Gestapo Museum.  As I said before, this is a replica of the original checkpoint that existed here.  There are also recreated signs and "imtimidating" pictures of military personnel.  I then made it to the Gestapo museum and spent some time here.  This outdoor area has a ton of information on the Gestapo and German government officials.

New Guard House
  It shares stories of acts of the Gestapo and of the brave people who tried to end the war prematurely.  I would include this on your trip to Berlin and give it some time.

As I continued on, I came across the Brandenburg Gate again.  I had wanted a picture in front of it yesterday, but the weather didn't want to allow it.  So, I actually spent 30 minutes here having people take my photo until I got one I liked...pretty sad, huh?  Near the Gate, and actually all over Berlin, are little gold stones in the ground.  You really have to look for them in front of houses and other buildings.  These gold tiles have a name on them and are dated.  Each of these tiles refers to one Jewish individual taken from the city to a death camp near by.

Victory Column
  Coming across these as you walk around the city just makes you stop and think for a minute.

I then headed back to the Reichstag, because I wanted to head up into it.  All you can really do inside is catch an elevator to the top floor, where you can go out on top of the building.  There is some very unique architecture at the top, and the views from there were pretty nice.

My last stop of the day took me to the Victory Column down the road a bit from the Brandenburg Gate.  The column was designed to celebrate a series of victories by the Prussians in the late 1800's, including Denmark, Austria, and France.  As the sun began to go down, I had a long walk back to the hostel.

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Posted on: Nov 25, 2014
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Berlin Rathaus
Berlin Rathaus
These are all over the streets - p…
These are all over the streets - …
Remnant of the Gestapo HQ and info…
Remnant of the Gestapo HQ and inf…
New Guard House
New Guard House
Victory Column
Victory Column
Inside the Berliner Dom
Inside the Berliner Dom
Sign at Checkpoint Charlie
Sign at Checkpoint Charlie
View from the Reichstag
View from the Reichstag
On top of the Reichstag
On top of the Reichstag
View from the Berliner Dom
View from the Berliner Dom
View from the Berliner Dom
View from the Berliner Dom
Brandenberg Gate
Brandenberg Gate
View from the Berliner Dom
View from the Berliner Dom
View from the Berliner Dom
View from the Berliner Dom
Book sale at Bebelplatz
Book sale at Bebelplatz
Bombed out Catholic Church
Bombed out Catholic Church
Inside the bombed out Catholic chu…
Inside the bombed out Catholic ch…
Intimidating pictures at Checkpo…
"Intimidating" pictures at Checkp…
The Reichstag
The Reichstag
Berlin
Berlin
Bombed out church
Bombed out church
Berlin
photo by: CFD