Here are some of the stops on the walking tour!
Our lovely guide Theo, who was not only very knowledgable, but also kind enough not to call me out for taking pictures of him. Also, the girl’s face is just too good.
The memorial to the murdered Jews of WWII is something the artist refused to explain.
I thought it was interesting the bunker where Hitler committed suicide was sealed off shortly after the war and now resides underneath a parking lot, with no plaque or designation.
The German Cathedral in Gendarmenmarkt. Both cathedrals in the square were heavily bombed during the war, so sadly most of this church is a reconstruction.
Checkpoint Charlie, where for 5 euros you can get a DDR stamp in your passport.
Berlin has such a rich and interesting history, though most is quite depressing. The 3 hour walking tour was by far my favorite part of my trip. Two and half days wasn’t enough time to really experience the city, and I found that I spent a lot of my time trying to navigate the public transportation system. My goal, whenever I get a chance to go again, is to find out things to do from locals.
Lübeck had a really beautiful river lined with all kinds of boats. The owners of which watched us in amusement as we tried to translate confusing signs to figure out if we needed to pay for parking. I felt like I was in LA all over again…
Germany, Ladies and Gentlemen.
This was a very interesting part of the city. I thought all the graffiti was amazing and it seems to be somewhat encouraged, since it is on pretty much all the buildings on this block. There was even a store on the corner selling cans of spray paint. We walked through the park, where all the drug deals go down, and there were two guys graffiting (is that the proper word?) a wall as two police officers strolled right on by as if it were no big deal.
Side note: What is it about kids play grounds/parks and drugs?