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. Legoland is inside the Sony Center, which was a pretty impressive center. I would recommend it for a rainy day activity with kids.
Later in the day, when the sun came back, we 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.
A little graffiti message on the Berlin Wall ……….For Astrid: Maybe someday we will be together
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.
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.