Nothing, including the overcast Berlin sky, was going to deter us from walking all over Berlin. While we were walking from the Brandenburg Gate over to the Reichstag, we were able to see the dome upon our approach. Thought I would start this post off with a picture showing the contrast between old and new.
|Walking along where the Berlin Wall once stood to the Reichstag|
|Close up view of one section where the Wall once stood separating the East from the West|
|One of the 136 documented fatalities of the Berlin Wall|
Berlin Museum has quite a large souvenir shop that includes this car, the Trabant, "breaking" through a replica of the Berlin Wall. A symbol of an unsophisticated and archaic East Berlin, the Trabant is no longer in production, but can still be found on the streets shuffling tourists around on tours. You can even rent a "Trabi" and take it out on the town all on your own.
|One of the many Buddy Bears on the streets of Berlin|
Everything started in Berlin in June 2001. In front of the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens – department store) the "Buddy Bear Berlin Show“ – so the title of our first Buddy Bear activity in Berlin – was launched. We wanted the people of Berlin and the visiting tourists to enjoy the painted bear sculptures. The raised arms of the upright Buddy Bears communicated a friendly attitude and optimism. Thus the bears created a positive atmosphere from day one, which was captured on camera by tourists from all over the world on a daily basis. The Buddy Bears were such a great success that the authorities not only suggested an extension of the street exhibition until the end of 2002, but also authorised it. At the same time, many companies and private individuals approached us and bought Buddy Bears for their home country or hometown, which increasingly turned the Buddy Bears into global ambassadors of Berlin.
|A view from the Spree|
Next up is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Holocaust Museum.