April 16, 2011

Berlin - Day 2

Okay, no stories this time. I did not get a nap in yesterday or get to read more of The Hunger Games, so I'll just post pictures for now and label them, and tell stories later.

Day 2 we did a walking tour. We started off by checking out Museumsinsel (Museum Island), which is an island full of museums, where the city was originally established. This is the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery):


Our tour guide said that though this, and many other buildings, look super old, it's really been rebuilt after the war. Our guide said that you call tell which parts of buildings are the originals by the bullet holes; all of the original building foundations have bullet holes. At first they were left because the city could not afford to fix them, and then they were left so that the city would never forget what happened to cause them. They take the history here very seriously. It's actually against the law to deny that the holocaust happened, to do the Nazi salute in public, or to wear or display the swastika.

This is the Neues (New) Museum and Egyptian Collection, which houses the bust of Queen Nefertiti. There's a pretty interesting story about how it arrived in Germany, but I am not supposed to be writing about any of this right now, so you can Google it if you're interested.

Neue Wache - A memorial for all the people who have died in all wars.

This is the only thing inside the Neue Wache.
This is the Altes Museum (the Old Museum).
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
The Berliner Dom with the TV Tower in the background
Humboldt University

The Brandenburg Gate

Denkmal fur die Ermordenten Juden Europas (The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe)
This is within the memorial. You're supposed to feel a sense of uncertainty and confusion, like anyone can pop out at you from any time.

The Opera House
The Berlin Wall

The site where Hitler's bunker used to lie. It's now a parking lot for some apartments. 

The biergarten where we had lunch

The beer at the biergarten

Ummm... we might have bit off more than we could chew. Literally. We did get to try nearly every German food at once.

German potato salad and some kind of coleslaw

Near Gendarmenmarkt

There. I think I only told one story. I hope you like the pictures! Next I'll post pictures from our tour of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial.

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