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Discovering Topography of Terror, Berlin
Berlin

Discovering Topography of Terror, Berlin

Where : Topography of Terror Discovering Topography of Terror, Berlin If you are visiting the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin you can also visit the Topography des Terrors.  We say that because they are nestled in the same area of the city. So, what is it ? It’s basically an indoor and outdoor museum, five minutes walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie. We took the time to visit the open air memorial with the history of the World War II.  According to Wikipedia is located on Niederkirchnerstrasse, formerly Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse.   During the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945, it was the SS Reich Main Security Office and the headquarters of the Sicherheitspolizei, SD, Einsatzgruppen and Gestapo. It has a different feel and vibe

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Discovering Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Berlin

Discovering Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Where : Checkpoint Charlie Discovering Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most visited attractions in Berlin, so if you’re going to Berlin you won’t want to miss this! This replica represents the separation of East and West after World War II.  Furthermore, during the Cold War citizens needed permission to cross.  Reasons for wanting to cross were mixed, either citizens were trying to escape the Russian ruling or trying to get back together with family members on the other side. For the Show Today, this reenactment of “Checkpoint Charlie” is more for show.  You’ll find actors dressed like officers, who will get a snapshot with you for $$.  It might seem like a questionable thing to do, since

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Discovering Jewish Memorial, Berlin
Berlin

Discovering Jewish memorial, Berlin

Where : Jewish Memorial Discovering Jewish memorial, Berlin The Holocaust Memorial is but a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate.  We visited on a sunny day, yet there weren’t a lot of people around.  How come ? Powerful energy Arriving at the historical landmark, there’s a powerful energy which is hard to put into words.  It’s also difficult to understand the design for the memorial.  What was the artist trying to send as a message ? It seems like the case for most of abstract art, it’s difficult to understand the artist’s true message.  However, our interpretation of the Memorial was that of a gloomy cemetery.   Moreover, as you walk to the middle each block reminds about all the victims

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Discovering Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Berlin

Discovering Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Where : Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Discovering Brandenburg Gate The Brandenburg Gate is one of the famous landmark of the city of Berlin.  It’s located in the western side of the city centre and trust us when we say ‘you’ll know when you see it’!   We were lucky and blessed with a beautiful sunny day.  The details were all perfectly lit on this majestic gate.  It was built in the 18th century and kind of reminds us a little the monuments from Greece. Do we recommend ? Yes, it’s one of the most important landmark of Berlin.  Also cool is Pariser Platz, located just next to the gate is a nice square to visit. When you find yourself directly in front

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Discovering Tiergarten, Berlin
Berlin

Discovering Tiergarten, Berlin

Where : Tiergarten Discovering Tiergarten, Berlin Our hotel was a 20 minute walk from the Tiergarten district. It’s basically a huge urban park full of nature, a nice lake, historical art, statues and cafés. We entered the park at one extremity and made our way walking all the way to the Brandenburg Gate.  Simply note that it’s quite a walk, especially if you plan to stop along the way ! What is there to see ? There’s also a Zoo, we heard the animals as we walked along the path. First we explored the park and the wildlife, then we made our way to the famous Victory Column.  It’s a large historical monument located just around a traffic circle.  It appears

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin
Berlin

Discovering Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin

Where : Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin Discovering Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was our first discovery in Berlin.  Our hotel was located near the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz, where this memorial is located. Free attraction and learning experience The Memorial is a famous landmark of western Berlin and it’s free to visit. The imperial Church, built around 18th century has but a small part of the original church remaining.  It was decided not to rebuild, in order to display the damages done during the World War II. Inside the church you will find, dates and information about the bomb raids in 1943.  Additionally, there are many pictures of “Before” and “After” the War (of the

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Discovering Asam Kirche
Germany

Discovering Asam Kirche, Munich

Where : Asam Church, Munich Discovering Asam Kirche.  Asam Church was on our list to visit while in Munich.  It lived up to the challenge!  Feel free to Google the whereabouts of the church and visit directly.  Or perhaps take the Old Town scenic route to discover the surroundings. It was one of the most impressive Baroque church we saw in Europe. The Asam Church facade is really beautiful and once you step foot inside it’s breathtaking.  Rich in details inside, it will be difficult to stay just a few minutes.  We were mesmerized inside with the decor, paintings and sculptures. According to Wikipedia, the church was built from 1733 to 1746 by brothers sculptor Egid Quirin Asam, and painter

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