We arrive in “The Capital City” of Germany with maybe just enough time to take an evening tour of Reichstag which tonight is open until 12am.
One exchange and about twenty minutes later we surface at Potsdamer Paltz.
It is a beautiful evening as we stroll towards Reichstag. The streets are busy with others also out enjoying this amazing city that was once a focal point of conflict during the Cold War.
Not surprising since the last time I visited Berlin some things have changed. I do not recall having to make a reservation to visit Reichstag.
This disappointment turns out to be fine as the dome is closed for cleaning until July 26th.
In our walking around we get to learn about the history of the building and modern day German politics as we watch a nice multimedia show along the riverfront.
As we approach the popular Brandenburg Gate, I am reminded of two of my favorite US Presidents that have visited Berlin during its post war history. Both men in my opinion played a vital role in shaping what this city and country has become today.
“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, 'Ich bin ein Berliner!”
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
From Brandenburg Gate, we make what is a reflective stop for me at the Holocaust Memorial. Besides being an awesome architectural structure, this memorial is a great reminder of Berlins past and more importantly its progress.
However, we are sure to savor the taste of Italy with “Ein grobes bier, bitte”.