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For the tour through Berlin Center we first take the bus from the Memorial Church at the Kurfürstendamm to the government district. On our way we pass the Victory Column, the Bellevue Palace, the seat of the German Federal President and the Congress Hall, today the House of the Cultures of the World.
Government District Berlin
The government district in Berlin is dominated by the Reichstag building, the seat of the German Bundestag. The publicly accessible glass dome, designed by the architect Norman Foster, became a symbol of Berlin.
Another visual focus is the German Chancellery.
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On the opposite site you find the Paul Löbe House, the house for the members of the parliament.
The space between the buildings releases the view on the Swiss Embassy and the new Berlin Central Station.
A footbridge over the Spree connects the Paul Löbe House with the Marie-Elisabeth-Lueders-Haus, another functional building of the Bundestag. The modern architecture runs east-west over the former course of the wall and is in a glaring contrast to the Reichstag Building.
On the way to the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma victims of National Socialism. Behind is the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It was designed by the architect Peter Eisenman and the engineer BuroHappold.
At the Brandenburg Gate is bustling activity which we watch a while.
Passing the Hotel Adlon we go further along Berlin’s magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden.
Unter den Linden
The Russian embassy with its splendid façade particularly stands out under the magnificent buildings. At the moment, you find a lot of construction sites in this area since a new underground is built. But one also can recognize that the Wende still lasts and the restoration works still will take some years. The Berlin State Library as well as the opera house are still in an extensive reconstruction phase. The Berlin City Palace is being newly built. At present, only the concrete skeleton is recognizable.
Only the equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, the Humboldt University, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, Neue Wache (New Guardhouse), German Historical Museum in the Zeughaus (Old Arsenal), Crown Prince’s Palace, Altes Museum (Old Museum) on Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral convey a sense of normality.
Endpoint of our tour is the Alexanderplatz, the center of the former East Germany.
The first signs of spring rays drive the people onto the streets. The hustle and bustle at the Alexanderplatz creates a relaxed atmosphere.
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