Berlin is arguably the most exciting city to visit in Europe right now and there are a few places everybody should go when they visit. On my recent 8-day sojourn, I saw those things and then some. On my first couple days in the city, when I could get away from my many meetings, I made a point to see all the major sites that I could. And in Berlin, that’s astoundingly easy. The U-bahn and S-bahn, that’s the underground and overground metro/train system, function so smoothly and wonderously that it makes me almost want to decamp from Rome with its lousy public transport and set up shop in Berlin. And what can you see when you emerge from your clean and efficient U-bahn or S-bahn train? Well the Brandenburg Gate for one:
And the nearby Reichstag:
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go up in the fancy mirror and glass dome. Due to my meetings I never had a good chance/schedule to stand in the reservation line, so something to look forward to for next time.
The Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe:
Which is a lot, A LOT bigger than it even looks in these photos: an entire city block. Interestingly and perhaps not-subtly, the American Embassy is right across the street, between this monument and the Reichstag.
The TV Tower:
The TV tower also ends up photo-bombing practically anywhere you are in the city. It’s so, so, so tall you can practically see it from anywhere. Clearly the GDR had adequacy concerns.
And various fragments of the Wall, including the East Side Gallery:
The East Side Gallery is RIGHT NOW under threat of destruction: developers have torn down stretches of it to build apartments. The day I was there David Hasselhoff was leading a rally to save it. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the Hoff, but I’m glad I got to see the Gallery while it was still standing:
And no joke, I saw all of that in just my first 24-hours! God bless the U- and S-Bahn! Next up: more Berlin!!