The best of Berlin in one day

The best of Berlin in one day

28 Oct 2018

We woke up at 2am due to jetlag and couldn’t put ourselves back to sleep. Alyssa woke up at 5am and she couldn’t go back to sleep either so I finally bathed her and gave her breakfast.

Our hotel location was very convenient as it was just across the main train station so it was easy to get around. We could also take the trams which was more stroller friendly Vs taking the metro.

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous landmark and a symbol of Berlin and German division during the Cold War. It is now a national symbol of peace and unity. Fireworks at Brandenburg Gate at the world’s largest New Year’s Eve Party along Straße des 17.

Tiergarten

From Brandenburg gate we strolled to Tiergarten which felt so romantic in the fall and also because we could hear a street musician playing. The weather was still cold ranging from 0 to 10 degree but it was not windy. So more pleasant than yesterday.

For Berliners, Tiergarten Park is the city’s green lung – just like New York’s Central Park or London’s Hyde Park. Close to the city centre and bordering such major sights as the Brandenburg Gate or Potsdamer Platz, the forested grounds cover a spreading 210 hectares, nearly 519 acres – slightly more than Hyde Park.

Tiergarten Park is very much at the heart of Berlin life – attracting joggers, skaters, cyclists and walkers, as well as those who just want to relax in the sun. The park’s spreading green lawns are popular for family picnics, ball games or simply unwinding and taking it easy.

From Tiergarten we walked past Reischtag and to the Holocaust memorial

The Holocaust Memorial

The Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe is a Holocaust monument located in the center of Berlin, very close to the Brandenburg Gate. The impressive iron monument was build by the architect Peter Eisenman and was presented on May 2005. The Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe includes an information center located underground as well as an exhibition on the eastern side of the memorial.
Part of the exhibition is a data center that holds the names of all the Jews that were killed during the Holocaust. The underground museum aims to explain the process of persecution of the Jewish population in Germany before and during the war. As part of that, it showcases the sites where some of the most terrible human crimes took place. The memorial itself is made of steel, which is empty of any inscriptions.

we had lunch in Indian food restaurant in Alexanderplatz. We wanted to visit Primark but unfortunately they were closed on Sunday so we continued walking to Berliner Dome.

Berliner Dome

The Berlin Cathedral, also known as, the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church, is a monumental German Evangelical church and dynastic tomb on the Museum Island in central Berlin. Having its origins as a castle chapel for the Berlin Palace, several structures have served to house the church since the 1400s.

The area near Berliner Dome had some nice cafes for sitting down and have some coffee and eat crepes. But we were afraid it would get colder and it might rain so we decided to continue to our last destination: the East Side Gallery.

The East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery can be found on the most significant remaining part of the Berlin Wall. It is over a kilometer long and can be found spread out along the Spree Riverâ banks. In fact, it is the world longest open air gallery. Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down 118 artists traveled from 21 countries to participate in creating the East SideGallery by each adding their own unique painting. Through their paintings, the artists were able to express their opinions about political events that happened between the beginning of 1989 and the end of 1990. More than 100 works of art can be found at the East Side Gallery.

 

The most photographed drawing

Random cute building we saw on the way to East Side Gallery

It was dark already when we left East Side Gallery. The downside of traveling in autumn was it got dark at 5pm but other than that the weather was nicer (cool but not too cold) and the scenery was beautiful with leaves turning yellow to red. we had dinner at restaurant inside the train station and stocked up food for our train journey to Prague tomorrow.

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