The Weltzeituhr is a world clock that is installed in the main square of Alexanderplatz in the heart of Berlin. The clock gives the time in many countries at the same time. The monument is circular and represents the different time zones of the world. Above is a decorative orb which seems to represent the solar system with the sun in the middle and the planets around. It is a beautiful monument.
The tour was excellent, interesting, fun, entertaining and full of anecdotes. I was walking around the city and suddenly I heard a Spanish speaking guide with a group saying interesting things. I decided to add me to the group with my kids, the tour lasted almost 5 hours all the way to Berlin and the whole family enjoyed it. I really enjoyed watching my teenage children focus on explanations and the comments on history, art and on political and sociocultural considerations, we all learned a lot. Our guide was called Eduardo and he was a great professional with great knowledge of history and German culture, another day we repeated the experiment but this time we went to see a concentration camp, Santi was another great guide My summary is therefore excellent, really go with a guide, it's better than going on your own.
The neighborhood of Kreuzberg, whose name comes from the union of the words cross and mountain, refers to a small hill, near Viktoria Park, that is crowned by a cross. During the separation of the two Germanies the district was divided in two. Today, it is one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the city and the vast majority of its population is of foreign origin, with a large Turkish community (the neighborhood is also known as "Little Istanbul"). Two of the great attractions of the district are "Checkpoint Charlie" and the "Jewish Museum".
Pariser Platz is at the end of Unter den Linden and is Berlin's most prestigious square and it's a nice place, dominated by the imposing Brandenburg Gate. On the one hand you have the French Embassy and on the other the American Embassy. Also in the square is the famous luxury Hotel Adlon and the Kennedy Museum. If you pass Brandenburg Gate you can see where the wall was that separated the east and west of the city. Before it was the city's largest square but it was destroyed during the Second World War, and then with the wall there was "no man's land" where no one could pass. Where the wall was is indicated on the ground, the square is now pretty touristy and you can take pictures with fake Russian and American soldiers
Berlin is one of the capitals of street art, walk around anywhere. The graffiti culture here boasts recognized names worldwide: Os Gemeos, Banksy, Kripoe ... all found on the streets. But that's just a sample. Unknown artists have shaped the history of Berlin and Europe throughout the city making it possibly the most "grafitted" world. Part of the Western Wall was painted by the urban art collective, enriched by Turkish immigration and anarchist activists (remember the German anarchist history with the RAF) from the 80s. So the fall of the wall opened a new area that needed to be filled in and before then you could only watch a huge gray wall. If you like the idea of walking, be guided by the walls of Berlin, I just do it in those late-nights with good weather. In any case, in Berlin, is so important to understand when you visit the Cathedral, Pergamon Alexandert Platz.
The building of the Komische Oper (Comic Opera) opened in 1892 as the "Theater Unter den Linden". A site for theater since 1764. Among others, it premiered works by Goethe (in 1774 Götz von Berlichingen) and Lessing (1783 with Nathan in the blank). In 1947 reconstruction began under the name of the Komische Oper, inspired by the eighteenth century French tradition of similar name. In the smallest opera of Berlin it cultivates "realistic" musical theater.
The impressive granite carving in the Lustgarten square, near the front of the Altes Museum, is certainly worth a visit. It was carved in the mid-nineteenth and is almost 7 meters in diameter and weighs 70 tons. At the time it was the largest single piece of granite in the world. It was intended to decorate the interior of the museum but it was too heavy to move inside! So it remained in the same place where it was carved.
Bernauer Strasse, in the U-bahn stop of the same name, seems to just be a street. But this is where the soldier Conrad Schumann decided on August 15, 1961 to jump the wire to the other side of the wall. It took only two days to be built. The photo of the poor girl trying to escape went round the world. The houses south of Bernauer Strasse Berlin were part of this, while the sidewalk was west. Windows were filled with cement to prevent people jumping out the window. The division of Berlin was particularly noticeable, so there were a lot of photographers in this place when the wall was built. Now there are some parts of the wall on the Street, a large piece of 300 meters guards the documentation center of the wall, and a little further away (take the tram that goes down the street) is the park wall with another piece.
Berlin is a city with more cultural and artistic movement in the world. Easily corroborated by the amount of interesting museums in the city but, in my opinion, where you really see that this city breathes art, design and modernity is the huge number of young curators, street artists. I emphasise the artists, whom with a chalk or wax, are dedicated to decorating the main avenues of the city, including the Unter den Linden or Fasanenstrasse with beautiful portraits or landscapes. In this city there is a respect for unusual art (but then this does not necessarily translate into big sales ...) Walk a bit to visit one of these galleries "underground", asking young people for their graffiti artists, stop for a time to contemplate the asphalt and colorful facades, message and symbolism. Berlin is a paradise for lovers of modern art and design without a doubt.
Its room is considered as having the best acoustics in the world. It was built between 1960 and 1963 by Hans Scharoun who was one of the main architects of the postwar reconstruction of Berlin. The Philharmonic became world famous for its great conductor Herbert von Karajan who directed from 1955 until his death in 1989. Behind the Philharmonic, one can find a musical instruments museum.
This memorial recalls the many victims of the Berlin Wall, who died trying to cross the river Spree, between East Berlin and West Berlin. Set by the German parliament, near the Brandenburg Gate. Each victim has a white cross with his name and date of death. Many were young, having expressed an opinion against the new Soviet regime they were sent to jail, and then tried to flee. The Stasi, the secret police of the GDR, had infiltrated every neighborhood, creating a climate of terror where you could not trust your neighbors and friends. The last desperate resort for these young people, was to swim across the river. But between the wall and the river was No Man's Land, the most patrolled in the world. They shot without thinking twice.
If Tiergarten park is Berlin's largest, in my opinion, the park that is the most beautiful is Victoria, a special place to get lost. And inside the park, (Viktoriapark is a labyrinthine) are its famous artificial waterfalls located on one of the few hills in Berlin. They are amazing because they have been constructed so that the water flow seems to continue endlessly. I think this is the most romantic place in Berlin. The place is absolutely idyllic. You can even eat at the start of the falls, with one of the most magical views of the city. Totally recommended! Tip: you may have to ask how to get there, since the place is not particularly well marked.
The Kulturbrauerei is a reconstructed old brewery located next to subway Eberswalderstrasse (U2). Now there are clubs, restaurants, theaters and concert venues, but it keeps a sense of nostalgia, see the images. At Christmas it has a Christmas market and summer terraces and sausage stands.
After many years the district around the Reichstag has become a beautiful and modern area. This district endeavors to be representative of the XXI century Berlin. The project, Axel Shulter and Charlotte Frank, is a rectangular space requiebro crossing the Spree River just north of the Reichstag. Among the buildings include the federal chancellor's official residence (Federal Chancellery) and the Library of Congress. Buildings really are spectacular, the conjunction between the river and the design is perfect. A corner for lovers of architecture and a very pleasant place to stroll after seeing the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. The banks of the Spree river are full of terraces where you can enjoy a cold beer while watching these wonderful buildings.
The Story of Berlin is a three-dimensional show near Savigny Platz in Uhlandstrasse Bahn. The text is in German and English but you can ask for a guide in Spanish if necessary. The museum is open from 10h00 to 20h00 but the latest entries are at 18h00. Admission is $10 and there are discounts for students. It is an exhibition about the history of the city, with touch screens and a time travel machine. There are 24 rooms on more than 7000 square meters, which tell the story of the city from the kingdom of Prussia to the fall of the wall in 1989. There are guided tours in English and German only, leaving every hour. The museum is very graphical and easy to understand for those who want to know more about the city not wanting to spend hours reading explanations in the National Museum of History.
The beautiful Bundeskanzleramt is the Federal Chancellery, more commonly known as Kanzleramt, it's the Chancellor's office and the German government. The imperial chancellery was introduced in 1871 in Wilhelmstrasse, on the other side of the Brandenburg Gate in Radziwill Palace. After the Second World War, with the partition of Berlin, the capital of West Germany moved to Bonn, and with it the foreign ministry. After reunification, the government was reinstalled in Berlin and this building was opened in 2001. It was designed by Charlotte Frank, is just behind the German parliament building, it's very modern, 12,000 square meters and is one of the largest parliament buildings in the world (8 times the size of the White House). The people gave it the nickname of Kohllosseum (a mix of colossal and Helmut Kohl, the chancellor who build it). It's very nice to see its reflection on the river Spree and you can only visit a few days a year.