Thursday, December 15, 2011

I GO: A Day In Berlin

Hallo everyone! So in roughly 3.5 hours I will be getting on a train to Nuremberg, but I wanted to blog as I went along my trip so you guys could read these blog posts in somewhat real time. It's been a jam-packed day, because I was trying to fit in all of Berlin's sights. Though I didn't have time to see the Charlottenburg Palace, I saw most of the other places on my list. So I'd have to say: "Berlin Accomplished".

There were so many pictures, I'll split them up into several blog posts. Also, that buys me more time to prepare the subsequent posts. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from my day in Berlin. 

The following pictures were taken in Alexanderplatz in East Berlin. The looming tower is the TV Tower, and for the 11€ fee, the views of Berlin from the observatory deck are quite stunning. 

This is the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). We only passed by it on our way to Museuminsel, but it's really quite stunning architecturally. Museuminsel isn't featured here, but it's basically where Berlin's major museums are clustered. 

Scattered around Berlin are these United Buddy Bears. Painted by international artists, they're meant to symbolize tolerance and the importance of coexisting in peace despite differences in nationality, culture, or religion. If I'm not wrong, the reason they're bears is because Berlin loves Teletubbies but didn't want to pay for licensing. Kidding, it's because the bear is Berlin's mascot. 

The picture below and the first picture in this post were both taken at the Brandenburger Tor, a former checkpoint along the Berlin Wall. If you ever visit, make sure to get your passport stamped with the German Democratic Republic insignia. It's gimmicky but cute, in my opinion.

And of course, no blog post is complete without a random vainglorious shot. This one was taken, quite obviously perhaps, on the U-Bahn.

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