Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Attention. You are now leaving West Berlin

Achtung. Sie verlassen jetzt West-Berlin!
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend some time in Berlin over the weekend of June 20th, 2008. Early into my exploration, I was quickly disarmed by the massive size of the city which immediately prompted me to narrow in on the significant landmarks I just had to see. The vast majority of the city is vibrant with energy, modern architecture, yet still draws important attention to its tragic history which should never be forgotten.

Here are some of my favorite spots I was able to see:
Berlin Cathedral (Gothic monstrosity at its finest)
Checkpoint Charlie (You have to go there and get your picture taken)
Holocaust Memorial (Very unique memorial)
Potsdamer Platz
Topography of Terror (You can't help but get emotional when you visit this place)
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial (amazing church that was left standing after the war and later preserved to symbolize Germany's resolve and dedication to rebuilding the city)
Book Burning Memorial
Reichstag (First house of parliament of the German empire)
Lustgarten (Park area directly in front of the Cathedral and Museum Island)
Fernsehturm or TV Tower (I didn't go up but it supposedly touts the best 360 degree view of the entire city)
Here are some photos from the weekend:

Click slideshow to view all photos taken from the weekend:

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