We had gorgeous weather for our long weekend in Berlin, perfect for the ‘friend-cation’ it was. I posted earlier about our adventures in food and beer, but we did also manage to see quite a bit of the city as well.
We took an excellent walking tour, which I’d recommend to anyone visiting Berlin, as much of the history can be seen where it took place. We stopped by all the most important points, the Berlin wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the memorial to all victims of war and tyranny and the car park that sits where Hitlers bunker used to be. It’s a difficult history to hear about, but it was interesting and worthwhile to see where it all happened. We also stopped for photo ops at the Brandenburg gate and learned about the famous East German crosswalk man- you can basically buy any piece of clothing/souvenir with him on it.
The DDR Museum (no, not the video game, the museum about life in East Germany during the cold war) provided great insight as well. It wasn’t as interactive as it was billed to be, but it had all sorts of interesting propaganda and artefacts from daily life in East Berlin, including an interrogation room and a car driving simulation.
Located on the site that formerly held the SS, the Topography of Terror is interesting architecturally, and discusses the rise of the third reich. It reviews everything from the propaganda to the aftermath and punishment of war criminals. It’s an intense and somber exhibit, but worth wandering through.