I got my photos to upload correctly today so I wanted to post some highlights from Berlin.
What remains of Allied Checkpoint Charlie. Ironically, the sign says “you are now entering the American Sector” where you are greeted with KFC and McDonald’s. The fake touristy guardhouse is off the the right – the real ones were obviously much bigger.
Communist propoganda mural at the former party headquarters in the former East Berlin:
This building was the site of a protest that was violently put down by the communist government on the 17th of June 1953. I was there on the 21st of June so there were still flowers from the memorial.
The propaganda mural sits near this equal-sized photo of the protest to demonstrate the difference between the propaganda and the reality.
View from the top of the parliament building (Reichstag Dome):
Hyperinflated money from 1920s Germany, before Hitler came to power. German money became worthless and people had to revert to the barter system.
Modern German food (Schnitzel with salad)
Currywurst, the typical streetfood of Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate and Pariserplatz. Famously visited by Presidents Reagan and Kennedy, it was a dead zone with barbed wire and armed guards, a divider between East and West. Now it’s the site of a giant Coca-Cola soundstage on one side (for watching Germany compete in this month’s European Soccer Cup), and a lively square hosting the American and French embassies on the other.
vs the 1980s:
Standing above the site of Hitler’s bunker where he committed suicide. It’s a parking lot today because they don’t want any type of memorials of Hitler.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
A piece of the Berlin Wall “system” which has been preserved as a memorial.
And another preserved part of the wall is covered in murals, the “East Side Gallery.”
Here’s an artist at work.
A temple of Capitalism now stands in the communist heartland.
Germany, being much further north, has a leafy-green feel to it that is much more like Ohio than Italy is.
Biergarten and its food
Now I’m in Munich so stay tuned for the next post.