Hope you enjoy them too. You can also learn about culture, history, food and architecture that Berlin is famous for without paying a single Euro.
This is a beautiful park that you definitely should see, it is a very relaxing place and the green heart of Berlin. It offers the visitor miles of walking paths, bike trails, and with more than 600 acres, you can enjoy lush lawns, leafy paths, small creeks, and even a traditional beer garden. It is loved by the people of Berlin for its ability to restore calm while surrounded by a sea of strife.
It is a must see!
The dome of the Sony Center was modeled after Mount Fuji. At night you will see lots of different colors on the dome, a highlight for the area.
The ReichstagIs one of the most famous locations in all of Germany. This has been an edifice for travelers the world over to come to Berlin. Built originally in 1872, it fell into disrepair in 1946, after the war and was restored and modernized and reopened in 1999 after German reunification. Now, with its magnificent edifice and stunning glass dome, it is a triumph in modern architecture. This has been the major seat for Germany’s political parliament since it was was remodeled. It is currently located near the Brandenburg Gates building.
Here, is a little secret. Sneak into the west side entrance and go to the Dachgarten restaurant. You will be pleasantly surprise with an amazing view of the Berlin skyline. In addition, they have four set meals. The food was good, the Kaiser is enough food to get you through the day all the way to dinner. Also, by making a reservation you can avoid the line by taking a separate elevator.
During the Cold War and the division of Germany, this landmark represented the divided Germany.
Then, when the wall fell in 1989 and Germany was reunited, the Brandenburg Gate became the iconic landmark of a new Germany. This is a must see, otherwise your trip won't be complete.
Located on an island in the center of the city, Museum Island is home to five world-class museums and the Berlin Cathedral. UNESCO has designated this impressive collection a World Heritage Site. You could spend several days here.
The Protestant Memorial Church of Berlin
The Protestant Memorial Church is one of the city's most prominent landmarks. World War II Allied air-raids destroyed its tower; so the damaged building was preserved as a reminder of the destruction of war and turned into a War Memorial.
Because of the important role Germany played in the reformation, a new church was built next to the damaged memorial. This new church is a striking contrast to the old with a concrete and glass tower reaching to the skies.
The Berlin Wall
Constructed in 1961 to block all contract of Communist controlled East Germans with they countrymen and families in Democratic West German, the Berlin Wall served as a daily reminder of the Cold War that raged between the Allies and Communist Russia.
Finally, during the terms of Reagan and Gorbachev, the wall was dismantled in the early 90s Today, parts of it are still intact with the longest portion providing an International Memorial to Freedom and a Gallery of the walls history. On the opposite side of the Gallery, you will find hundreds of different paintings from painters all over the world with their symbolic view of "freedom at last."
Special Request - Blaubeuren
As a request from my friend Sabine, I will talk a little about her birth town. I have never been there but doing research about it, I want to go, it looks lovely.
Blaubeuren, located about 6 hrs south east from Berlin, is a town with beautiful medieval buildings located in the Alb mountains about an hour away from Tübingen. Munich is the closest city with an international airport.
The city of Blaubeuren is named after its most famous landmark, known as the “Blautopf,” which translates literally to “Blue Pot” (or “Blue Bowl”.) The picturesque Blautopf is a crystal-blue spring that feeds the Blau River, which eventually flows into the Danube in nearby Ulm.
The vibrant blue color is the result of a high concentration of limestone, and it reminded me instantly of the bright-blue Caribbean water. The spring itself is approximately 70 feet deep, and serves as the entrance to an extensive underground cave system. Unfortunately, these caves have only been explored a handful of times by experienced scuba divers. There have been a number of fatalities and accidents while exploring, so permission to scuba dive in the Blautopf is seldom granted.