Berlin Sites to see!. Where’s Berlin?. Berlin Facts. Capital of the Federal Republic of Germany Since October 3, 1990 Population about 3.5 million One of the top tourist destinations in Europe A long, rich history Focal point of the Cold War. Brandenburg Gate.
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BerlinSites to see!
International symbol of Berlin and Germany (much like our statue of Liberty)
The Berlin Wall used to run in front of it, making it a great backdrop for political speeches.
Symbol of the Cold War
Surrounded West Berlin
Built by East Germany – Aug. 13, 1961
Fell – Nov. 9, 1989
Memorial to remember those who were killed trying to escape East Germany over, through or under the Berlin Wall.
One of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall
Used by artists, mostly from the former East Germany, as a canvas
Best known crossing point between East and West Germany
Was the crossing point between the US and Soviet sectors of Berlin
Site of several “stand offs” between US & USSR
House at Checkpoint Charlie – excellent museum
Former hub of Berlin
Site of first traffic light in Europe
Part of the “Death Strip” during Cold War
Now a hub again, new buildings, shops, amusements
Largest free standing structure in Germany (4th in Europe)
Built by the East Germans in East Berlin
Trying to show off
Main avenue through West Berlin (like 5th Ave. in NYC)
Many shopping and historic sights
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Cathedral destroyed during World War II
Front tower all that remains
Now a memorial.
Huge shopping center
You can buy pretty much anything there (like a Macy’s in NYC)
Former hunting grounds of the Prussian nobility
Now a huge park
World class zoo
70 meters (210’) tall
Celebrates successive victories over Austria, France and Denmark
Has the goddess of victory on top
Running up the sides are cannons captured during victorious military campaigns
Host of the 1936 Summer Games
Famous for nazis and Jesse Owens
Hosted 2006 World Cup Final
Home of Hertha – Berlin’s top professional soccer club
One of the largest Cathedrals in Germany
House the crypt of the Hohenzollern
Current seat of the German parliament
Site of many important German and world events
Museum of antiquities
Lots of really cool Egyptian relics