Sightseeing in Berlin: Meine Fotos

Sightseeing in BerlinI spent some time last night planning my sightseeing in Berlin, mapping my route and making sure I hit as many historical sights as possible.

I wanted to do it all by foot. No sightseeing tour buses or taxi cabs for me. After a big breakfast, I hit the pavement at exactly 9am, armed only with my Canon PowerShot. Here are some of the highlights.

Brandenburger Tor / Brandenburg Gate

This is the only remaining gate of a series through which Berlin was once entered. Regan made his "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" speech here.

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Sowjetisches Ehrenmal / Soviet War Memorial (Tiergarten)

This memorial commemorates the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in 1945.

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Reichstag / Parliament Building

The German Empire stopped using this building in 1933 when it was severely damaged in a fire.

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Siegessaule / Victory Column

This commemorated the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War.

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Ehmalige Kongresshalle / Former Congress Hall

This is now known as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt where they have concerts and other cultural stuff.

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Bundeskanzleramt / Chancellor's Office

This new Chancellery building is eight times the size of the White House. That's a fact, you can look it up.

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Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer / Berlin Wall Memorial

I walked the farthest to see what's left of the Berlin Wall. You can't visit Berlin without checking out the wall.

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Topographie Des Terrors / Topography of Terror

This was pretty chilling. it's the site of buildings which during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, the principal instruments of repression during the Nazi era.

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Checkpoint Charlie

This was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

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If you want more, I documented the entire walk here:



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Rick C in Oakville

Very cool Mike, always wanted to tour Berlin. Surprising there is still this much left considering the damage from WW2.

January 8, 2012 @ 4:20 PM

A.R.

Heritage buildings and structures can be rebuilt. More Canadians should embrace that fact.

January 9, 2012 @ 7:57 PM

Jason Paris

I'm nitpicking, but the Sowjetisches Ehrenmal (Soviet War Memorial) is not in Tiergarten, but in Treptower Park.

January 10, 2012 @ 1:12 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Dear Jason,

There are two Soviet War Memorials in Berlin. I was at the Tiergarten one, not the Treptower Park one: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sowjetisches_Ehrenmal_(Tiergarten)

January 10, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

Jason Paris

Actually, you may be right. The big one is in Treptower, but I've just done some research and there's also a smaller one in Tiergarten (that I've somehow missed!). Sorry about that!

January 10, 2012 @ 1:32 PM

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