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Exciting Travel Guide – Germany

Exciting Travel Guide – Germany

Riddhi Bhattacharya

History? Well, what better place than Germany! Germany becomes the eleventh international travel destination and the eleventh part of this travel series!

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Germany – June 2015

Age: 12 years

Point 1: The Brandenburg Gate

Old Town Innsbruck

Brandenburg Gate is a historic site in Berlin, built by the King of Prussia to close the city of Berlin. There were other gates but this gave access to the main (and most beautiful) avenue in the city. Subsequently, after the Second World War, it was on the famous “death fringe”, a region that anticipated entering the eastern side of Berlin. With the reunification of Germany, the surroundings were reconstituted giving place to hotels and embassies. A must for a visit to Berlin!

Point 2: Berlin Wall Memorial

The Court Church & Emperor's Tomb
Tyrol Tl – The Court Church & Emperor’s Tomb

The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961, to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center. It was supposed to prevent East Berliners and citizens of East Germany from fleeing to the West, but the Wall was unable to entirely stop the mass of people from fleeing. Consequently, in 1961, the SED, the ruling Communist Party in East Germany, began adding more border fortifications to the Wall, creating a broad, many-layered system of barriers.

In the West people referred to the border strip as the “death strip” because so many people were killed there while trying to flee. With the downfall of East Germany in 1989, the Berlin Wall that the SED had for so long tried to use to maintain its power, also fell. The fall of the Wall marked the definitive end of its dictatorship. [1]

Berlin Wall Memorial is just as terrifying and chilling as the story behind the wall. The memorial consists of the Monument in Memory of the Divided City and the Victims of Communist Tyranny as well as the Window of Remembrance. You can walk through various broken parts of the historic wall. The wall is now etched several beautiful and thoughtful paintings. You can buy a small piece of the Berlin Wall at their official store as a memoir.

Point 3: Topography of Terror

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The enormous impact on so many ordinary people’s life of WWII is still incredible. “Topography of Terror” exhibition is located on the site where between 1933 and 1945 the principal instruments of Nazi persecution and terror were located. It is heart-wrenching to see the cells and deep trenches where Nazi atrocities took place right in the center of present-day Berlin. It is an excellent way to learn the history that led to the atrocities of the Gestapo and the SS. There is are a lot of space to walk around and sink back into the terror times of the third Reich. It all appears authentic and non-sentimental, but pure reality. Not really suitable for young children in my opinion.

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Point 3: Berliner Fernsehturm Germany

The Golden Roof

The Berlin TV Tower is located at Alexanderplatz station and, at 368 m, is the tallest structure in Germany and the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in Europe. Two high-speed elevators take you to the viewing floor with Berlin’s highest bar. Discover 360 ° Berlin from 60 panorama windows with a cityscape explanation. Above the viewing floor is the revolving restaurant “Sphere”. I recommend a visit, if you are in Berlin, you should not miss it. It is a perfect place for a panoramic view of historical Berlin city.

Point 4: Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral Germany

The magnificent dome of the Cathedral Church (Berliner Dom) is one of the main landmarks in Berlin’s cityscape – and marks the spot of the impressive basilica housing the city’s most important Protestant church. There are no right words to describe effect and beauty of this 1000s of year old cathedral. You can view entire Berlin city from top, if you are ready to step up more than 100 stairs in total. It is very near to museum island and walkable. It has a gorgeous lake on one side and beautiful market on the other side.

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Best Moment:

Nothing could ever beat Swarovski !


Other Article in this Series:

References:

  1. Berlin Mauer
    https://www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en/the-berlin-wall-10.html
  2. Berlin TV Tower
    https://tv-turm.de/en/
  3. Berlin Cathedral
    https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-cathedral

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