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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Germany, A Night Time Peak Of Berlin

 

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.

 

DE D1 035A few minutes walk from our hotel we go underground and board the U-Bahn, E$2.40 fare for a 2 hour one way ticket.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

CAN DE D1 009Reichstag

 

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.

 

CAN DE D1 016This evening it is still nice to just stroll the grounds of the German parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

CAN DE D1 023Brandenburg Gate

 

“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.

 

DE D1 038It may seem odd to some that in Germany we end our evening with pizza and spaghetti.

However, we are sure to savor the taste of Italy with “Ein grobes bier, bitte”.

 

 

 

 

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