Berlin



We rented a flat in Berlin for a week. The flat was in a great central location so we could leave our car parked and use the U-bahn to go everyhere. Berlin has over 3 million people.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews

Inside the museum were quotes from the victims, this letter was beyond heartbreaking…. it read
“Dear father I am saying goodbye to you before I die. We would so love to live, but they won’t let us and we will die. I am so scared to this death, because the small children are thrown alive into the pit. Goodbye forever. I kiss you tenderly.” Your J

Part of this church, The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, was left after the war. You can see how it was bombed out.

It was raining one day so the boys enjoyed most of their day inside Legoland. Megan and I left to shop. Legoland is inside the Sony Center, which was a pretty impressive center. I would recommend it for a raining day activity with kids.

Later that day we met up again and explored more of Berlin. What a gorgeous city with so much history. We explained to the boys all about Berlin’s history. For such a vibrant modern city today it’s amazing to think about how much sad history is behind it.


Any little boy would find this picture outside a toilet funny.

 

The famous TV tower built in East Berlin designed to show the strength of the German Democratic Republic.

Check this dude out. A propane backpack and a grill on front = perfect little restaurant.

Of course we had to try one, or 2, or 3……..

A little graffiti message on the Berlin Wall ……….For Astrid: Maybe someday we will be together

I still remember watching the wall come down on the news when I was a kid. Crazy to think, it wasn’t really that long ago.


A view down the wall. This section of the wall stands next to The Topography of Terror. It was given this name because it’s on this site the Gestapo and SS headquarters of the Nazi Regime were. It was never rebuilt, they just left the rubble and built the documentation center on top of the site that just opened this year.

Jacob listening to some survivor letters in the Documentation Center.

Checkpoint Charlie – The famous crossing point between East and West Berlin.

The Reichstag Building. On top of the building is a giant glass dome we went up.

The glass dome was pretty cool. You could walk all the way to the top and get a great view over Berlin.

 

Outside on top of the Reichstag.

 

We ate dinner dinner by the river one night in these lounge chairs.

 

Berlin has a Island called Museum Island with a ton of Museum. We visited a few. I couldn’t figure out how they got this giant Pergamon Alter all the way to Berlin. Can you imagine?

And we even got to see the Gates of Babylon. Pretty Awesome! This was the 8th gate into the inner city of Babylon, constructed in 575 BC.

“Wow, did they really let me out of the stroller??”

Today Berlin is a modern city with so much history. Our time in Berlin went fast but I felt like we got to see a lot of the city. We didn’t take a picture of the U-bahn (the train system) but we found it very interesting that when the wall was up the U-bahn that went through East Berlin was completely closed off. So when the wall finally came down, they re-opened the U-bahn and a few of the stations look preserved straight out of the 60s.

 

3 thoughts on “Berlin

  1. Looks like a great trip! Now I can't wait to go to Berlin. I love the pic of the boy peeing. Jasper has been re-enacting this pic all over switzerland 🙂

  2. So much adventure. I was just in DC and visited the Holocaust Museum, beyond sad. That letter brings tears to my eyes.
    On a happy note…Josie is getting so big. Our little girls really are growing up too fast.

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