The Reichstag

This picture was taken on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin in mid-February 2015. One of the great things about the visit was the view, although I noticed how little I knew of the skyline of Berlin. Some cities have the well-known buildings you’ll recognize on the horizon, but it was weird getting up there and realizing that I didn’t have that in Berlin. Still, it was a great view, and it was fun walking in the glass dome, so if you’re going to Berlin, a visit is recommended.

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The Berlin Cathedral and GDR museum

When I visited Berlin in February 2015, we stayed near Alexanderplatz. Not far from Alexanderplatz is the Berlin Cathedral Church and the museum of life in the GDR (German Democratic Republic). A bit further up the road is a collection of multiple different museums, so there is a lot of older and newer history hiding in buildings in the area.

The DDR-museum was quite interesting to visit as it’s about eastern Germany post world war two, and it’s a collection of entertainment, general life and the more serious parts of the regime. For a Norwegian born after Germany became one, it’s a different mindset to understand and see similarities and differences from what I have to compare it to.

The Berlin Cathedral

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Back in February of 2015, I spent two weeks in Germany, and one of the things we did in Berlin was visit the Berlin Cathedral Church, also known as Der Berliner Dom in German. This picture is taken inside the church, in the main room. Around in the building you could learn about the church, the rebuilding of the church, the people buried in the crypt underneath the church and see the view of Berlin.

Old and futuristic Berlin?

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There is something strange about the mix of old-fashioned and futuristic in some of the areas in Berlin. The Cathedral represents the older parts of the city, dating back hundreds of years, and the tower at Alexanderplatz, while from the DDR-time, looks slightly futuristic (or maybe the future that was imagined in the 1960-70s?).

This is yet another picture I took during those two weeks in February 2015 in Germany, which is when most of the pictures from Germany were taken.

The Roof of the Reichstag

reichstag taketAs mentioned a few times before, I visited Germany for two weeks in February 2015. While we had a chance to discover Berlin on our own as well, one of the things we did as a group was to visit the Reichstag.

We got a tour of the inside of the building, which has a long and fascinating history if you find that interesting, and at the end of the tour, we got dropped of and got to tour the roof and the dome on our own. The view from the dome was quite beautiful, but I realized as we were there how unfamiliar the Berlin skyline is, at least to me.

Without having been to New York I’ve seen the skyline in many pictures, movies and tv-shows. London and Paris has quite a few familiar sights, but beside the TV-tower on Alexanderplatz and the Berliner Dom, there were a lot of unfamiliar buildings.

Berlin has been through changes over the last century, which might play a part in it, but there are a lot of well-known cities that seem to have a fairly unknown skyline. It just felt sort of strange to realize.

The TV-tower in Berlin

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This was taken on the Schillingbrücke, which is one of the bridges crossing the river Spree in Berlin. The tall tower one can see in the middle of the picture is the TV-tower (or the Fernsehturm that I’ve written about before). The picture was taken in mid-February 2015, in the two weeks I spent in Hamburg, Kiel and Berlin.