A Few Must See Sights To Visit In Berlin

April 1, 2012 · Posted in Travel · Comment 

Just on the outskirts of Berlin’s city centre is the very popular Charlottenburg Palace, dating from the early 18th century. It is a present from King Friedrich III to Sophie Charlotte, his better half. It is enclosed by terribly attractive parkland which lies beside the River Spree. Surrounding the palace is the upper class neighbourhood of Charlottenburg. A walk round the grounds is advocated, after which one can get their culture fix in the six museums on Schlossstrasse, which faces the Palace.

When Berlin usurped the standing of capital city from Bonn in the early 90s, the Reichstag building, which dates from the late 19th century, was totally renovated and updated. A glass dome was created, offering a 360 degree view of Berlin. After its renovation, a considerable number of prominent buildings popped up round the Reichstag, like the Fed. Chancellery and new Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof). The Victory Column, dating from the late 19th century, previously stood facing the Reichstag for many years. It now stands at Grosser Stern – in the late 1930s the Nazis moved it here as they felt that it was a more celebrated location.

The Tierpark Berlin, Europe’s biggest zoo covering a few hundred acres, is renowned for its accomplishment in breeding elephants – friendly 15 babies since 1999. Approximately 7800 creatures, representing almost nine hundred species, live here. They include unique species such as sun bears, Indian giant flying foxes, lemurs and red and black varis, which live in habitats such as the Hummingbird-Crocodile House, Afrikanum, Tropical Hall, Snake Farm and Vari Forest. The zoo has been showing animals to the general public since the mid 50s, when it was found at Friedrichsfelde Palace, dating from the late 17th century. Since 2009 the palace has again been subsumed into the grounds of the zoo and is a location for regular events,eg concerts.

Potsdamer Platz and its neighbor, Leipziger Platz, used to be the centres of commerce before World War Ii started. With two train stations, a big amount of shops, theatres, theatres, warehouses and more, it was one of the most frantic districts in Berlin, leading to the installation of the first traffic lights on the continent. The years spanning the end of the second World War and the fall of the Berlin Wall nevertheless , made a very different area, as the Wall divided Potsdamer Platz in two. Bordering it were no-man’s-land and what inhabitants came to understand as the death sector. However , after reunification, this area was regenerated. Global firms supported the effort by locating offices here, and many shops were inspired to open in the area. A considerable number of illustrious cinemas were also built, leading to this area’s recent reputation for celeb spotting.

At Sea Life aquarium, 1000s of sea creatures like jellyfish and sharks can be seen in a rigorously recreated habitat. Some of them even enjoy being stroked! The building is designed and assembled so that one feels they’re going on an underwater trip, following the Frenzy River to the Atlantic Ocean, before spanning out to the Pacific and Indian Seas. Over 5,000 animals live here. The AquaDom is the world’s largest freestanding aquarium, served by a glass elevator which can let you see shoals of tropical fish swimming in 1,000,000 litres of seawater.

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A Visit to Berlin

August 28, 2011 · Posted in Europe, Travel · Comment 

We decided to take the train to Berlin for a day trip. Compared to the UK, travelling by train in Germany is luxury. It would appear the Germans consider the train to be a service rather than a business where the shareholders are the highest priority… but enough of that. Read more