21.07.2012 - 23.07.2012 26 °C
Saturday is here and we are headed to Berlin, Germany for a few days. A stop in Dresden first though which has basically rebuilt itself since being demolished in World War II. Complete with restored Renaissance buildings and communist Ampelmännchen (German for “Little traffic light man”).
Upon arrival to Berlin we did a drive by of the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, the Victory Monument and the Brandenberg Gate. We also got to see what’s left of the fallen Berlin Wall. Berlin is also home to the first set of traffic lights and plumbing/gas pipes above ground that leads to an interesting landscape.
We did a Third Reich walking tour which supposedly took us to where Hitler’s bunker was. It also took us through the Holocaust Memorial. This is a memorial for the ‘murdered Jews of Europe.’ Its a 4.7 acre site that has a grid of over 2000 concrete slabs that vary in size and length. The place where it is located is also sloped. Apparently the designer was hoping to recreate the confusion and sense of being lost that the Jews may have felt during this time. I think he succeeded after having walked through the memorial – all of us were asked to go diagonal through the site to meet the guide at the other side. We all started at the same point but I don’t think any of us came out at the same place at the other end.