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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Berlin - a city of tears, joy and hope

I have enjoyed Berlin. I have a had eight days here and it isn't long enough. It has been interesting to experience the city since reunification. The city has a strange mix of sadness from its recent past as well as a sense of joy and hope.

There is a vibrancy to the city and something for everyone!

Siegessaeule (Victory Column)

Located in the centre of The Tiergarten

Brandenburg Tor

The Brandenburg Tor (gate) is located in the eatern end of The Tiergarten and at the start of Unter Den Linden. It has also been the site where fans have been gathering to watch world cup matches on big screens (hence the scaffolding).

Some contemporary architecture

on the banks of the Spree.

The white crosses are memorials to East Germans who were killed trying to cross the river to escape to West Berlin.


This is a church-monument to reconcilaition and peace. The church was damaged during the Second World War. Inside the old church is the Memorial Hall (Gedenkhalle). The tall octagonal structure is the new Church which is made of blue glass. It was designed in 1961.

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