Weekend in Berlin · Part 3
Weekend in Berlin 3.0
Hallo und Willkommen!
Main locations: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Tiergarten, Holocaust Memorial
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche is a memorial church originally built in the 1890s. Bombed in 1943 the church remains a ”hohle Zahn” (German for the hollow tooth) in the memory of the city.
The preserved parts of the building retain a captivating sight. Berlin has the power to amaze you, even with its ruins.
Tiergarten is among Germany’s largest urban gardens. Nature in the middle of the city reminds you of Central Park a bit. Wonderful for a walk, a run, or just for nature-observing Tiergarten has what you’re looking for.
Cut in half by The Straße des 17. Juni from the Brandenburg Gate to The Große Stern (German for Great Star) square the park is a perfect activity for Sundays when most of the shops are closed anyway. Make sure you get the necessary so you don’t get surprised.
The Holocaust Memorial is one of the interesting sights in Berlin. Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas (German for A Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) is located near the Brandenburg Gate and lets you take a walk among big and small rectangular concrete block.
You are of course free to interpret it as you may and I am sure it is another must-see in Berlin. It is an impressive sight for sure.
The Berlin Wall
As one of the most significant historical sites within the city the Berlin Wall remains a good reminder of division and overcoming it. When some want to build walls, I believe it’s compulsory we go and see the remaining parts os the Berlin Wall. A symbol of oppression for decades its fall represented hope for East Europe and for communion with the West. There are some remnants of the Wall all over Berlin (Potsdamer Platz among them).
It’s irresistible to think how much time has changed when you see skyscrapers meters away from the Wall. The pavement has the old dividing line in some places. Worth checking out.
All in all Berlin is a wonderful experience. From a historical and cultural point a view the city is filled with captivating sights. The metro system allows you to get from site to site with ease between the many stations and stops.
Even if on the map most of them look close by, the city is very wide and spread out and some walks may be very long. But you don’t get bored along the way. Many places are for the locals as they are better hidden from the touristic routes. I believe Berlin is one of the locations you must see at least once in a life time.
Hope you have enjoyed the Berlin experience at least as much as I have. I cannot wait to go back and visit some more of this wonderful city.