Photo Blog: Berlin

Here are five photos for a quick snapshot of the amazing city that is Berlin. Maybe it is the artwork, the history, the political importance. Or maybe even the hectic subway system…

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November 9th, 1989. A day that will always be remembered in German history. The day the Berlin Wall fell. These photos prove the just how emotional it was for everyone, no matter what side you lived on. I discovered these photos at a memorial museum near Mauerpark in Berlin

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A normal sight of the Berlin U-Bahn. If you are planning on traveling to Berlin here is a major (I MEAN MAJOR) tip. Berlin actually has two “subway” systems. The U-bahn and the S-bahn. On the public transportation map it will look like it is one system but travelers foreign to public transportation (aka Americans) they are different. The U-bahn is below the ground and the S-bahn is above. But do not be fooled. It is very common for that to actually be the opposite. Yes, it is quite confusing. But hey, a group of confused college students got it so I know you will be fine.

  Checkpoint Charlie. It is not uncommon to see tourist be walking around with t-shirts, bags, umbrellas etc. with this exact text on it. To my surprise, this is the only sign still intact in Berlin. The French and the British sectors have no marking.IMG_0245

On the roof of the Reichstag. The Reichstag  is an extremely historical building in Germany. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the GDR met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the Federal Republic of Germany met in the Bundeshaus in Bonn. After reunification it completely refurbished and once again became the meeting place of the German parliament.

Okay Okay not really Berlin. But it is right next to it. This was taken at the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam Germany, a 30 min tram ride from Berlin’s city center. The Sanssouci Palace is the former summer palace of Fredrick the Great, King of Prussia.

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