Sunday, October 28, 2012

The charm of the Old City of Berlin

Alexanderplatz area that afternoon

Original Text by Elita Pingkan Dundu, executive summary by darmansjah

If the Berlin, Germany, do not forget to come to Checkpoint Charlie. Swing your legs and photos of the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. Belin also visit the Cathedral, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Reichstag, and other historic buildings. Centuries-old building is too good to pass up.

While visiting Berlin together, some time ago, almost nothing has changed compared to when visiting this city nine years ago, 2003. Once entering the western region of Berlin, was an old building with the appearance of the town bearing the bear's face it.

Berlin in the winter temperature extremes. When the early morning, the temperature reaches minus 4 degrees Celsius. In the afternoon until the evening back to minus 4 to minus 7 degrees Celsius.

With extreme cold temperatures will not change the intention of travelers to enjoy the beauty around the city.


The first choice fell to the Brandenburg Gate or in German called the Brandenburger Tor. This place is the old city gate rebuilt late 18th century as the triumph of neoclassical arches.

His position is located west of downtown at the intersection of Unter den Linden and Eberstrabe, Pariser Platz and the west. Currently the site is one of the landmarks of Berlin in particular and Germany in general.

This gate had suffered severe damage during World War II. However, by Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation, the gate was revitalized.

If you've been in this place, do not be shy photographed with two men in military uniform complete with Germany and the United States flags. The background of the photo shoot is a gate.

Not only watch and perpetuate the old gate, in this region there are also old buildings, hotels, restaurants, offices, shops, and cafes form a sturdy old building.

Once satisfied in this area, walk one block to the north. At this location the building stands the Reichstag, the parliament of the German Empire.

 the parliament of the german empire

Before reaching the parliament building, enjoy the beautiful linden trees that line along the road.

Reichstag building was built in 1894 until 1933. Furthermore, this building became a place of the German parliament from 1999 until now.

Checkpoint Charlie

Visit to Berlin is incomplete if it did not step on the foot or Checkpoint Charlie Checkpoint C.

This place is an intersection point on the Berlin Wall located at the intersection of Friedrichstrasse with Zimmerstrabe and mauerstrabe.

Not only to capture images, in a location that often appear in the movie spy museum and the book contained the history of Germany and Berlin. In this area you can buy souvenirs at bargain prices as souvenirs. There is also a cafe for a place to rest before continuing the trip.

The Berlin Wall

Not far from this place, about 700 meters, there Belin Wall. This wall was built the German
Democratic Republic (East Germany) on August 13, 1961. This wall separating West Berlin and East Berlin and other East German regions that make West Berlin as an enclave.

Deutsche Historiches

Following from there, try to also visit the Deutsches Historisches Museum or the Museum of German history. It may also come to the Berlin Cathedral or Berliner dom.

Not yet satisfied. Continue the journey is also towards the east of Berlin. Buildings in the eastern region looks more modern than the western part of Berlin.

If you've been in eastern Berlin, came to the Alexanderplatz, a park or a crowded field and tile in the center of Berlin, near the banks of the river Spree and the Berliner Dom. As the name implies, the park is named linked the arrival of Alexander I who visited Berlin in 1805.

Not far from this park, there Nicolai church, one of the oldest church in Berlin that survived in the face bombing allies in World War II.

The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.
The Berlin Wall was officially referred to as the "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart" (German: Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) by GDR authorities, implying that neighbouring West Germany had not been fully de-Nazified. The West Berlin city government sometimes referred to it as the "Wall of Shame"—a term coined by mayor Willy Brandt—while condemning the Wall's restriction on freedom of movement. Along with the separate and much longer Inner German border (IGB) that demarcated the border between East and West Germany, both borders came to symbolize the "Iron Curtain" that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.

Before the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and defected from the GDR, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin, from where they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration.[4] During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with estimates of the resulting death toll varying between 100 and 200.

In 1989, a radical series of political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.

Learn to organize the old town from other cities in the world, one of Berlin.

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