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Back in Berlin
Walking the Reichstag
Signs of War
Encountering the Reichstag
360 degree views from the Bundestag
Back in Berlin
Walking the Reichstag
Signs of War
Encountering the Reichstag
360 degree views from the Bundestag
Walking the Reichstag
Home to Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag was opened in 1894, suffered damage and destruction for decades and was rebuilt in the 1990′s. Go early (it opens at 8:00 daily) to avoid the worst lines. Once inside, you’ll walk a spiraled ramp hugging the perimeter of a glass dome (representing transparency in government) to be treated to an unparalleled 360-degree view of Berlin at the top. Now here’s your mission, if you choose to accept it. GOLF BALLS! Oh, how I yearned to have a handful of golf balls to toss down the ramp to see if they’d roll all the way to the bottom. I asked one of the INFORMATION guys if anyone had ever attempted. “Never,” he replied stoically, revealing all the gaity and sense of humor for which Germans are famous. What to do for Fun in Berlin: http://bit.ly/18OBQPT
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Signs of War
In some of the older buildings that survived the bombings of Berlin, look for the memories of war. Small bullet holes from WWII are still visible on Reichstag's facade.
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Back in Berlin
I went back for a week in Berlin just 3 days after graduating from College. I went on an evening walk after buying some music. A nice Russian women took this picture. Traveling alone means you don't get a lot of pictures of yourself to prove you were actually there. I needed at least one.
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Encountering the Reichstag
The old and new architecture of Berlin doesn't blend so much as careen together with a crash. The Reichstag is a perfect example. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But there is nothing gentle about it. Neo-classical buildings sport jagged stainless-steel-and-glass angles hanging off the top like free climbers. Dramatic and edgy. Berlin East/West is just 22 years young since the fall of the wall. The city has exploded in an architectural melee.
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360 degree views from the Bundestag
Every city has its own unique skyline and one of the best spots to see Berlin's is at the top of the dome of the Bundestag. Getting into the Parliament building requires a little advanced planning but it's easy enough and worth the effort. I love architecture and the dome of the Bundestag is just beautiful. It offers 360 degree views of the city and it particularly enjoyed going there just around sunset.
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