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Berlin, Germany Travel Review

Five Things You Must See on a Visit to Berlin
 by: Francine Fenly

Places not to be missed in Berlin!

The capital of Germany, Berlin has a rich history. It is strewn with sites of significant historical events, and a great deal of architectural grandeur. There are many things to do and see in Berlin that include eating, entertainment, drinking and sightseeing. If you are going to Berlin for sightseeing, there are five things you must not miss.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: This memorial was opened to the public in May 2005. It is conveniently located near downtown Berlin and has an easy access to public transportation. It is a reminder of the atrocities done to people during the Second World War. It dauntingly reminds us that the same could happen again if we forget the screams of past.

East Side Gallery: This remnant of the Berlin wall stands flushed in colors contrasting the surrounding cityscape. This mile long stretch is the longest portion of the wall that still remains. It bears endless piece of artwork on it. Several emotional and political statements also mark its face. These statements induce strong feelings amongst not just the city people but also in the hearts of those who come to see it from all across the world.

Charlottenburg Palace is a stunning example of Baroque architecture. The grounds are equally delightful as well. It was built in the late 17th Century as the summer residence for Sophie Charlotte. You may not require a guided tour to see some of the luxurious rooms, but you must take a tour to see all of the splendid sights. You will get information sheets in other languages although the tour is in German.

St. Nicholas Church. This church is very old, and an excellent example of the changes that can take place over the centuries. Throughout history different features have been added, including a presbytery and two ornamental towers. It was hit during World War II, and remains un-restored and partially ruined as a testament to the destruction of war. It provided the setting for the 1307 agreement that united the two settlements that became Berlin: Berlin and Colln.

Brecht Weigel Museum. This is a house that was the home of playwright Bertolt Brecht and his actress wife Helene Weigel. The house is an interesting tour, as it gives history of the Berliner Ensemble, and "epic theater" company. Additionally, it is a good source of interesting information of the Berlin theatrical scene (especially since it is located in East Berlin) and includes hundreds of thousands of manuscripts and a collection of printed works. A restaurant, the Keller, is located downstairs and offers good food.

Potsdam's Gardens. These gardens are not actually located in Berlin, but are located not too far from the city, only about 25 minutes away by the S-Bahn (the train), in a town called Potsdam. There are many beautiful gardens to see, and the day can be spent relaxing and enjoying the beautiful sights and fragrant smells.

There is plenty more to see in Berlin, but there are some things, of historical and cultural value, as well as near Berlin, that should just not be missed.




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