On the second day of our short weekend in Berlin the weather gods smiled upon us again and gave us a sunny, warm day perfect for city sightseeing. Our first stop was the Potsdamer platz, another modern square. The reason for our visit was the Berlin Wall. I’d seen photos of this square with remains of the Berlin Wall. There’s an information panel about the wall at the square but what surprised me were the chewing gums at the remains of the wall. On the other side of the square you can see a small Korean temple and another block of the Wall as a sort of reminder that Korea is still divided in half just like Germany used to be.
the remains of the Berlin Wall
Berlin, Berlin..it was nice to meet you, hope to see you again! In a nutshell, that’s what I could write about our short weekend in Berlin. However, I decided to tell you all about our Berlin trip at the beginning of April so read on 🙂.
We had our very cheap flight for Berlin on Friday afternoon and after a couple of initial hiccups (the late departure, the long queue at the passport control and the long wait for the overcrowded airport bus) we finally arrived to the city center. For some unknown reason our airport bus stopped near the Brandenburg Gate and we had to find a different way of getting to the Alexanderplatz square. While we were already near the Brandenburg Gate we decided to have a look at it and to see the nearby Reichstag building too (parliament) even though that was planned for Saturday morning.
Berlin will always be remembered as the first city that we visited after becoming parents but without our toddler. It was a short city break, a perfect adventure before the second baby arrives. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d like Berlin very much but it surprised us both and we liked it better than we’d expected. It’s a vibrant cosmopolitan city with beautiful old and new architecture and a painful history that should never be forgotten.We were lucky and had warm and sunny weather which helped our exploration of the city. We walked a lot but we’ve also taken advantage of Berlin’s cheap public transport.
I’ll write more about the attractions we managed to visit during our short weekend in Berlin. This is just a photo post to show you all the highlights of our trip to the beautiful German capital. Hope you like these snapshots from Berlin.
Reichstag building (parliament)
This is a guest post by Henry Lee at fotoeins.com. Henry is a photographer and writer who has worked previously as a research astronomer, lived in Europe and South America, and traveled around the world for one full year. With the Fotoeins Fotografie website as a showcase for photographic work, his present focus is on Germany with explorations which go beyond Bavarian castles and beer festivals.
Cultural NEWS in Germany with 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
With over 40 locations inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS), Germany offers cultural and historical diversity with fine examples of architecture, design, and nature throughout the entire country. Here are four examples of WHS in the country.
NORTH: Bremen Roland
Built in 1404 AD/CE, the Roland statue in Bremen’s market square is associated with the 8th-century AD/CE Frankish leader and Margrave of Brittany, a paladin of Charlemagne’s imperial court. The statue was built to represent rights and privileges associated with the free imperial city of Bremen. The Old City Hall (out of frame to the right) saw its start as Gothic in the early 15th-century with Renaissance style renovations in the early 17th-century. Bremen’s City Hall and Roland statue have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Bremen is about 1 hour from Hamburg with the InterCity or regional train.
EAST: Wittenberg Luther sites
Late-afternoon sun casts a warm glow on the City and Parish Church of St. Mary (Stadtkirche) in the east German city of Wittenberg. This was the church where Martin Luther preached and it’s where Holy Mass was celebrated in the German language for the first time. This church is also considered the “Mother Church of the Reformation” and is one of four sites in the city inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Wittenberg is 40 minutes from Berlin with the InterCity Express train.