#VisitBerlin with me: 15 pictures from my trip to #Berlin
A couple of years ago I was in Berlin for the first time and took the hop-on-hop-off Berlin bus tour to see Berlin's top tourist attractions. The weather was cloudy but I still managed to take pictures of anything and everything as the bus driver took us to the most important places to see in Berlin. The guide did a good job of explaining to us the historical significance of the places as we visited them, even though his accent was a bit difficult to get at first. What I understood was that most of Berlin had been destroyed by the war and then build again exactly the way it was before war. For those of you who are interested in art, culture, history and DDR, you will really enjoy your visit here.
1. Great Shopping Centers
Berlin is full of many nice shopping districts and streets where you can shop the most chic labels. The top 5 shopping streets in Berlin are: Kurfürstendamm (Ku'damm), Tauentzienstrasse, Potsdamer Platz, Friedrichstrasse and Alte/Neue Schönhauser Strasse.
2. Berlin Hauptbahnhof
The Berlin Central Train Station is the biggest train-station in Europe. Besides many nice cafés, there is also a great shopping area inside the railway station.
3. Museum Island
Museum Island is the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, the site of the old city of Cölln.
4. The Spree river
The Spree is a river that flows through the Saxony, Brandenburg and Berlin states of Germany, and in the Ústí nad Labem region of the Czech Republic.
5. French Cathedral
Französischer Dom is the colloquial designation for the "French Church of Friedrichstadt" located in Berlin on the Gendarmenmarkt across from the Deutscher Dom, formerly a church of German-speaking congregants.
6. DDR and FIAT
East Germany after the war was called DDR and FIAT was the car of DDR.
7. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin, during the Cold War.
8. The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany until its demolition in 1989.
9. Pre war structures
Even though most of Berlin was destroyed in World War II, at many places you will find walls like the one in the following picture that survived the war.
10. The Reichstag Building
The Reichstag building is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet, of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged after it was set on fire. Today it is the home of the German Parliament.
11. The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch in Berlin, and one of the best-known landmarks of Germany.
12. Berlin Public Transport System
Berlin has an excellent metro system called the S Bahn and the U Bahn. You will enjoy the train rides here very much. I also liked the color of some of the metro trains like the one in yellow in the picture below. Some of the metro stations are very beautiful too with great interiors that remind us of Germany's historic past.