The first thing we did upon landing in Berlin was to go on a free SANDEMAN's New Europe walking tour. Our tour guide was excellent. We started out at the Brandenburg Gate and then visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then to Checkpoint Charlie, and finally to Gendarmenmarkt Square. Full Yelp review.
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Photo Set Information:
- Date Taken: June 2014
- Camera Used: Pentax K5
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was designed by Peter Eisenman and Buro Happold to honor the lives lost during the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Memorial certainly doesn't look like typical. Our guide informed us that it was designed in a vague manner so people would have to look for the significance and therefore learn more about the Holocaust.
We also walked through a parking lot that was the purposely unmarked burial site of Hitler (so it wouldn't be defaced or become a shrine). After that was this more lighthearted message telling us that Berlin loved us, with a hot air balloon and vintage car on display.
Checkpoint Charlie served as a Berlin Wall crossing between East and West during the Cold War, and is now a popular tourist site.
Lastly, we headed toward Gendarmenmarkt Square. To the left is the Konzerthaus Concert Hall and in the background is the French Church.
A couple of statues outside and on top of the Konzerthaus Concert Hall.
A different angle of the Konzerthaus Berlin, with the red painted stairs.
The German Church to the rear and Konzerthaus Berlin to the right