A City still being rebuilt after the 2nd World War and the Cold War.
16.08.2013 - 19.08.2013
The capital of Germany - Berlin.
We arrived late on Friday after travelling by various means of transportation from Venice.
ie : Water Bus, Plane, Airport Bus, Plane & Taxi. That was enough for that day.
The last 3 days have been touring Berlin on foot and on the Bus. Here is some of the intereting stuff we came across.
We took a short cut walking through the Tiergarten Park and to our surprise their was a big Festival on. Not sure what it was all about but there was food stalls, displays and entertainment.
Ernst Reuter purchased this VW on 13th September 1922. We can't read German so have no idea of the significance but can only assume he owned it all his life. It is in mint condition.
Next stop the Brandenburger Tor - Brandenburg Gate.
The Berlin Wall - divided West & East Berlin for 28 years, finally came down 9th November 1989.
The Train Station where Jews were transported to concentration camps - 9600 deportees from this point. Note the damage to the structure - bomb damage is still evident all over the city.
Checkpoint Charlie -
Victory Monument -
The architecture is quite interesting, if you look closely you can see where a building was severely damaged, or areas where perhaps one building survived while all others in the area were bombed. We have heard various versions of the extent of the damage, they range from 70 to 85 percent of the entire city. Not very much remained. There is a lot of construction still going on. Also a large number of the buildings are typical 60s & 70s style so we assume that is when a lot of re-construction took place.
Around the City we have spotted quite a large variety of transportation methods :-
And Steve's favourite - the mobile booze bus - pedalling furiously as they raced around the city drinking beer.
And just a few shots of interesting stuff-