Day 244 – Berlin, Germany

Although the weather was a bit cold and gloomy, we continued to explore Berlin this afternoon. First we visited Checkpoint Charlie, which was the most active border crossing between East and West Berlin. Next we proceeded to visit one of the last intact remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall. Below the Wall, we read through the featured Topography of Terrors exhibit which was extremely educational. We spent the rest of the day walking around Berlin (enjoying its historic yet modern vibe).

(Checkpoint Charlie)

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(Topography of Terrors – Berlin Wall exhibit)

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(Abgeoranetenhaus)

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(Martin-Gropius-Bau)

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(Potsdamer Platz)

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(Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz)

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(Kulturforum)

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(St. Matthai Kirch)

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4 Responses to “Day 244 – Berlin, Germany”

  1. Last time I was in Berlin, I went through Checkpoint Charlie! What an unforgettable experience that was. Things certainly have changed! My cousin and her parents lived in an apartment building just on the East side of the wall. My cousin currently lives in Potsdam.

    • Yes, things have definitely changed. I did not know that you had family in Germany aunt Jan. You must be of German descent… which generation moved to the States?

  2. My father was born in Konigsberg, East Prussia in 1902, grew up in the area, but moved to Berlin as an adolescent. His father died in WWI, so as was customary at the time, his uncle married his mother to help her support the family. Dad came to the US when he was 27, arriving in New York in May before the stock market crash of 1929. Dad knew no English when he arrived here, and the first English that he learned was “ham and eggs!” Although we spoke English at home, Dad taught me to read and write German, so we could correspond with our relatives. I studied German in college as my minor.

    Potsdam has a winter castle and gardens, which might be of interest to you, but you may not have time. Save it for your next trip!

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