The Rotes Rathaus is the town hall of Berlin, located near Alexanderplatz. It is the home to the governing mayor and the government of the Federal state of Berlin. Wikipedia
Our group of 30 rented our own bus to breeze in and out of the city.
Berlin is at the same time east and west, old and new, beautiful and ugly, trendy and budget – definitely interesting and for all tastes! Even if for many people, it’s not love at first sight, a taste of this city will surely be engaging. It’s days like these, that you regret just cruising by Berlin. Nevertheless we’ve experienced some highlights and have noted down other attractions we will definitely have to revisit again – someday.
Typical Bavarian Lunch at Hofbrau Munchen
Both Berlin’s image and its history are connected to something that almost doesn’t exist anymore: the Wall. The East Side Gallery is its biggest remaining part, now decorated with world-famous graffiti.
Located in Berlin’s historic center, Gendarmenmarkt is said to be the city’s most beautiful square, maybe even in Europe. The square offers by far and away the best and most exclusive locations and events in the whole of the city; there are numerous restaurants and cafés where you can sit and relax, luxury shops and boutiques are scattered throughout the square as well as along the nearby shopping mile, Friedrichstraβe. While Lovers of culture flock to the enjoy performances at this concert hall.
The Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom are two seemingly identical churches, situated opposite each other on either side of the Konzerthaus. The oldest of the two is the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral). It was built between 1701 and 1705 by the Huguenots, a religious community. Persecuted in France, they sought refuge in Protestant Berlin.
Checkpoint Charlie was a main border crossing between East Germany and West Germany and was military operated by the United States during the Cold War.
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), completed in 1905, is Berlin’s largest and most important Protestant church as well as the sepulchre of the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty. This outstanding high-renaissance baroque monument has linked the Hohenzollerns to German Protestantism for centuries and undergone renewed phases of architectural renovation since the Middle Ages. First built in 1465 as a parish church on the Spree River it was only finally completed in 1905 under the last German Kaiser -Wilhelm II. Damaged during the Second World War it remained closed during the GDR years and reopened after restoration in 1993. Berlin Cathedral contains the tombs of members of the House of Hohenzollern – Known as the Hohenzollern family tomb, over ninety sarcophagi and tombs are on display including those of the Prussian Kings – Friedrich I and Sophie Charlotte, by Andreas Schlüter, impressively cast in gold-plated tin and lead. Other important works of art are the baptismal font by Christian Daniel Rauch and the Petrus mosaic by Guido Reni. The Dome’s organ with over 7000 pipes is a masterpiece and one of the largest in Germany. A visit to the Dome requires climbing 270 steps but the viewing gallery is worth it for great views of Mitte. The 114m-high Dome is sided by four towers and the interior is rich with New Testament and Reformation period elements.
Berlin is not on the coast. But it is a city on the water. It has five times as many bridges as Venice and is criss-crossed by the Spree, Havel, Dahme, Panke and Wuhle rivers. It is a city of museums for all tastes, and Museum Island hosts five of them, as well as the Berliner Dom. It’s an island in the middle of the Spree river and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Brandenburg Gate. Definitely one of Berlin’s iconic symbols, the former city gate survived many important events in German and world history, including being isolated for a long time by the Berlin Wall. Today, the gate hosts many kinds of cultural events and is visited everyday by thousands of tourists. Adjacent to it is the Tiergarten. – the second largest urban garden in Berlin. The city boasts of more than 2,500 public parks and gardens. Almost a fifth of the city is covered with trees.
The 2.5hr drive back to Rostock didn’t disappoint us with captivating views of the countryside.