Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mobile blogging: Winter breakaway...BERLIN

Berlin is Germany capital city and also the largest city in Germany. It is fast becoming Europe’s number one city for modern arts, and with a lively music and trendy clubbing scenes. The city is divided into quarters and the most famous of which is Charlottenburg. During the Cold War years, when Berlin was divided into East and West Berlin, Charlottenburg was the centre of West Berlin. The Olympic stadium is in Charlottenburg, where the infamous 1936 Olympic Games took place. The stadium underwent a complete renovation for the 2006 football World Cup. Another Berlin's landmark is Funkturm, where you can ahve an excellent birds’ eye view of the city. Funkturm also known as 'langer Lulatsch' (lanky lady) by Berliners. 

The Gedächtniskirche, or Memorial Church, on the Breidscheidplatz is definitely worth a visit. This monument of peace and reconciliation consists of a cluster of ruins surrounded by a modern building, embodying Berlin’s character of history and modernity. The original church, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, was destroyed during a bombing raid in 1943. The ruined church was intended to make way for a new building in 1956, but after a storm of protests it was decide to incorporate the old building into the new, creating the enduring monument the building is today.

The famous Brandenburger Tor, a well known building, in the Mitte district is the symbol of Berlin, German separation and reunification. The sandstone gate was constructed between 1788 and 1791, and in 1794 it was crowned with it’s statue of the goddess of victory. During the years of separation, it was situated in no-man’s land, just behind the Wall, ensuring it became Berlin’s most enduring symbol of reunification. After the fall of the Wall the Brandenburger Tor was re-opened in December 1989. Stroll eastwards from the Tor along the legendary avenue ‘Unter den Linden’; see the Opera House, the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Berliner Dom, and the Staatsoper, to name but a few of the famous buildings here. You cannot afford to miss the Rotes Rathaus, and the Alexanderplatz. With its massive tower blocks it was and still is East Berlin’s urban centre. Within walking distance you will find Checkpont Charlie, which between 1961 and 1990 was the only border crossing point for Allies and foreigners.

Restaurants of all cuisines are to be found all over Berlin, and the local cuisine is well represented. It is mostly simple dishes, such as ‘Boulette’, which is a kind of fried meat loaf, washed down with a ‘Berliner Weisse’.


Faisal Admar said...

i remember a bit about berlin as i was 20 when i went there. haha long time ago of course... i still remember the memorial church and the clubs! lol i got sweet memories with 2 clubs there. no need to mention :P

love the cafe there too... berlin is better than hannover, koln, minden, trier or even frankfurt! i even bought myself berlin watch and shirt! hehe.

[danial][ma] said...

hej! faisal...and i bet berlin still great after those years...enjoy myself walking around...;-)

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