Before going outside we checked the weather forecast apps and it said 4 degree celcius and windy. So we started layering our clothes and brought the rain shield for Alyssa’s stroller which can also be used to block the wind. I also brought Alyssa’s blanket for extra warm. I started to regret not renting a foot muff. I thought since we only went in autumn, foot muff would not be necessary. However Berlin that weekend was exceptionally cold. When we moved on to other cities the weather was actually warmer at around 10 degree. So it was a good decision not to rent foot muff after all.
Berlin Memorial Wall
The Berlin Wall Memorial runs along both sides of Bernauer Strasse. The outdoor exhibition, which uses the Bernauer Strasse to illustrate the history of the Berlin Wall, is presented on the former border strip, which was situated on the East Berlin side of the border. This area also includes the official monument dedicated to the memory of the divided city and the victims of communist tyranny. This is also where the Window of Remembrance stands. The Chapel of Reconciliation and the excavated foundations of a former apartment building, whose façade formed part of the border wall until the early 1980s, are also in this section.
The Visitor Center and the Documentation Center, which includes the observation tower and a permanent exhibition on the history of Berlin’s division, are located on the opposite side of the street, which had once belonged to West Berlin.
We took the tram in front of our hotel and stopped at Bernauer Strausse. Berlin Wall memorial covers a vast area and we had to walk thru the walls in a cold weather. When we finally reached the end of the wall we saw the documentation center. We hurriedly went inside to warm ourselves. I wished Fabio could come with us as he would be interested in reading the history of World War 1 and 2.
Check Point Charlie
Our next destination was Check Point Charlie. Check point Charlie was one of the place where people crossed from the west to the east which was famous for Diplomatic personnel, American military dan non German visitor. Checkpoint Charlie became popular as it was also the setting for many thrillers and spy novels, from James Bond in Octopussy to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Located on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße, it is a reminder of the former border crossing, the Cold War and the partition of Berlin.
Topography of terror
Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.
From Check Point Charlie we continue walking to Topography of terror to read further on the history of Berlin wall and Germany. We didn’t stay long because it was outdoor and the weather was getting colder. When finished we continued our walk to Gendarmenmarkt.
Gendarmenmarkt is pretty and romantic especially as the sun sets. Sari was immediately busy taking pictures with her SLR camera. We finally went back to our hotel when it got dark so we could finally get to sleep on a bed.