My guided tours Berlin will bring you to the remaining witnesses of the historical and political development in the city, walking, by car or by bus.. After the fall of the wall special effort was contributed to reconstruct and preserve the historical buildings which had survived the severe destruction during World War II.
Charlottenburg Palace and its beautifully reconstructed royal apartments help to imagine the way of life and the attitude of Prussian kings. A walk from Gendarmenmarket via the prestigious boulevard Unter den Linden to Museum Island passes along many buildings which are now attentively reconstructed as witness of the Prussian kingdom’s glory and illumination.
The Berlin Cathedral was constructed under the emperor William II to be the main church of Prussian Protestantism. After reconstruction it is today an interesting and typical building of the Wilhelmenian Era, as well as the Emperor-William-Memorial Church in the western part of the city. The ruin of the Memorial Church combined with a modern church building became a general memorial against war and destruction and was a main curiosity for Berlin in the time after Second World War.
The Nazi-Period and its consequences can still be seen in contemporary Berlin: the devastating destruction of the city during World War II and places to commemorate pain and sufferance of the victims as the Holocaust Memorial designed by Peter Eisenman.
Huge building complexes like Tempelhof Airport and the area around the Olympic Stadium as well as the actual Federal Ministry of Finance give an idea of architecture of the 30ies.
The famous border crossing named Checkpoint Charlie and pieces of the Berlin wall help to imagine the atmosphere during of the cold war and the brutal division of the city. A more detailed idea or commemoration of that situation is possible during a visit of the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie, at the Allied Museum and at the former prison of GDR state security (Stasi) in Hohenschönhausen. Other places are the Sovjet Memorial in Treptow and the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße. Driving and walking through Berlin you can still detect many details illustrating the very different development over 40 years in the former communist eastern part compared to the free western part of the city, which has grown together again according to the exterior appearance.
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