The Places You Will Go.

Gadding about Germany

As a young lass of sixteen hubby’s paternal grandmother, Violet King, went to Berlin to extend her musical abilities as a concert violinist. It was pre WW1 and she stayed with a German Count and his family and played in concert before the Kaiser. This was an amazing opportunity for a young Aussie girl of that time and left an indelible imprint on her. When hubby was a child this grandma taught him German by posting German words around the home, speaking to him in German and only conversing when he responded in German. Consequently hubby picked up German quite well and thanks to his grand-mother’s musical ear his pronunciation of the language is authentic. This is borne out as when we travel in German speaking countries people remark that his German is sehr gut (very good). With this history hubby was very excited and quite emotional to be arriving in Berlin.

Almost completely destroyed in WW2, Berlin has re-birthed into a vibrant and dynamic modern city. We arrived at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof Train Station which was opened in 2006. It is unique in Europe as all the intercity express lines and all Berlin’s commuter lines intersect here on different levels. From this station one could go anywhere in Europe. The hauptbahnhof is also home to a multi storey shopping plaza.

Hauptbahnof; The main train station in Berlin.

As usual we took advantage of the sightseeing bus, this time we took a three day pass and explored much of Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie is the former border crossing between the American and Soviet sectors. It is now an important tourist site explaining the history of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall.

Checkpoint Charlie and below The Berlin Wall.
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The East Side Gallery is the longest monument for peace and reconciliation in Berlin; it is 1.3 kilometres of Political and Poetic murals.
The Reichstag Building built 1884-1894 but destroyed by fire in February 1933 it was restored as the German Parliament in 1999. It is just a few steps from the Brandenburg Gate.
The Brandenburg Gate built 1788-1791 by King Frederick William II of Prussia. In more recent history the Berlin Wall ran right behind the Brandenburg Gate which was enclosed in the Soviet sector of Berlin
Our accommodation in Berlin was just off the Kurfurstendamm, a main shopping strip which is home to KaDeWe the largest department store in Europe. As we walked home each evening we would pass these little brass plaques on the footpath which were a memorial to the Jewish people who had been dragged from their homes and sent to concentration camps. Another chilling reminder of the dark days of WW II is the Nuremberg Rally Stadium.

After leaving Berlin we travelled the Nuremberg famous for the Nazi Party Rallies, the Nuremberg Laws and the Nuremberg Trials of top Nazi criminals. The receptionist at the hotel where we stayed told us she took her early morning exercise running up and down the many stairs on the left in this photograph. To get an idea of the hysteria caused by the Nazis in this location view Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda film The Triumph of the Will made of the 1934 Nuremberg Rally. Still Nuremberg is a beautifully kept, walled, medieval city and has enough history and charm to minimise the dark history of Nazi fever.

PS. Sorry about yesterdays post. It was a mess up but stay with me as tomorrow we visit Henry’s Hampton Court.

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