Berlin is Western and Eastern. Even now. And for three decades now, the Germans have been getting rid of the legacy of the GDR. Antiquities and the historical center, in general, in Berlin after the war, practically did not remain, lovers of narrow streets, palaces and fortresses here will not be too interesting. Nevertheless, the capital of Germany is an interesting and “lively” city. I propose to start dating.
Acquaintance with the city began in the afternoon, after arrival and check-in at the hotel. The hotel itself was close to Potsdamer Platz. An interesting monument of a bygone era met on the way – all that remains of the huge Anhalter Station (Anhalter Bahnhof). The station was built in 1841, during the Second World War it was badly damaged, then it ended up in West Berlin, from which, of course, there was nowhere to go by train.
Now under a part of the building there is an S-Bahn electric train station. By the way, the station retained the name Anhalter Bahnhof.
Nearby is the “non-parasitic” preserved section of the Berlin Wall. There is no graffiti, no tourists, unlike the wall section in the East Side Gallery, which will be discussed in the next post. The place is very atmospheric:
Berlin is home to the United Buddy Bears art exhibition. You can find many famous bears in the city, and their brothers have been traveling around the world for many years. I remember at one time there was an exhibition in St. Petersburg.
Trabant – a symbol of the era of the GDR, these small cars in Berlin are very fond of. In Berlin there are special sightseeing tours on the Trabant, and for those who don’t have a small car, you can rent a Trabant limousine. Here is the whole “Trabi World” museum:
Of the famous sights of Berlin, the so-called Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstrasse was nearby. This is one of the checkpoints built after the division of Berlin by the wall. He gained fame after the Berlin crisis of 1961, when Soviet and American tanks were lined up on both sides of the border for 24 hours.
Judging by the photos that I saw, there used to be an artist in Soviet military uniforms, but now, for some reason, there were two American soldiers:
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin photo
At least you can take a picture in a Soviet cap. Go ahead.
Potsdamer Platz – one of the most important squares in Berlin, and before the war, and one of the most famous squares throughout Europe. An interesting fact: here in 1924 the first traffic light in Europe appeared. Today, the local high-rise regulations allow the construction of high-rise buildings here.
Also on the square is an important transport hub – Potsdamer Platz station. The station itself is located underground, where the metro lines (U-Bahn) and trains (S-Bahn) intersect, as well as intercity trains.
High-rise Kollhoff-Tower (Kolkhoff Tower) on Potsdamer Platz, 101 meters, 25 floors (built in 1999):
At the top of the building is an open observation deck. Views from the tower – in the next post.
Exhibition of fragments of the Berlin Wall:
Now the ensemble of the square is composed of high-rise modern buildings:
The Berlin Ritz-Carlton was surrounded by a crowd of girls – Justin Bieber himself was here. They chanted his name, rushed from the front door to the black one, howled, moaned, but the idol did not come to them.
Another symbol of the GDR – the little man from the traffic light – Ampelman. In Germany, a chain of souvenir shops operates under the brand of the same name, where you can purchase all kinds of products with this character. By the way, Ampelman still “works” at pedestrian traffic lights of the GDR, although not everywhere.
Sony Center is one of the symbols of modern Berlin. The complex of buildings with an internal space covered by a huge dome was built by 2000. Here are located offices, housing, shops and an entertainment center.
Dome illumination changes colors:
Nearby were found original self-illuminated benches:
High-rise BanTower on Potsdamer Platz is the headquarters of the German railway operator Deutsche Bahn. The height of the building is 103 meters (26 floors). Built by 2000:
At night, the building looks especially cool:
Returning to the hotel, I find a police cordon.