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1. This building in eastern Berlin remains unidentified to this author. 21. Another view of the Berliner Dom
2. A close-up on one of the topping sculptures of the same building 22. A view of the interior of the Berliner Dom
3. Very close to my hotel is Checkpoint Charlie, the famous checkpoint where persons could gain approval to travel between eastern and western Berlin before the reunification of Germany and fall of the Berlin wall 23. A view of the interior of the Berliner Dom
4. A close-up of the checkpoint, which today only exists for tourist and memorial purposes. 24. A view of the ceiling of the Berliner Dom
5. Storyboards outline the history of Checkpoint Charlie, including pictures of how it changed from a visual standpoint. Here is a very early phase. 25. A view of the upstairs organ of the Berliner Dom
6. A later phase picture of Checkpoint Charlie. There is a museum associated with these displays. Also the displays pay particular attention to identifying and remembering persons who either failed or succeeded in their attempts to escape East Berlin for the West. 26. A view of the altar area of the Berliner Dom
7. A warning sign that was once important to the checkpoint 27. The medieval St. Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church)
8. The creatively colored GSW highrise near Checkpoint Charlie 28. Alexanderplatz, the largely unimpressive plaza that served as the center of East Berlin prior to the reunification of Germany in the late 1980's
9. A nicely restored front to a hotel on Friedrichstrasse 29. Berliner Rathaus (Berlin Town Hall)
10. More old-style blocks of Berlin 30. Sculpture/fountain in front of the Berliner Rathaus
11. I headed into the eastern side of Berlin, where many of the more famous old buildings of Berlin are established. Here is a statue of Friedrich II 31. Unknown building close to the Berliner Rathaus. Its not identified on the map.
12. The Palais Prinz Heinrich (Palace of Prince Heinrich) serves as a part of Humboldt University. The Grimm brothers, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels all studied here; and Albert Einstein taught here from 1914 to 1932. The plaza across from here is Bebelplatz, where 20,000 books were burned by the Nazi regime. 32. A curious curved block near the Berliner Rathaus
13. The Royal Library, facing Bebelplatz (Bebel Plaza) 33. A close-up of part of that block
14. On the left is the Neue Wache building, which is now Germany's central war memorial. To the right is the DHM building as well as the distant but tall Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm), 1198 feet high, built by the former government of East Germany 34. This block surrounds the cobblestoned Nikolaviertel village, which in turn surrounds Berlin's oldest parish church, the twin-spire St. Nicholas's Church (St. Nikolaikirche), which dates to 1230 A.D. There was considerable merriment outside the church doors and cute shops, including a good violin-playing street musician I listened to here.
15. Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM) is the German History Museum. It was constructed between 1695 and 1730 and is the oldest building on the main street through eastern Berlin (Unter den Linden) 35. Fancy building back on the main Spree river.
16. A sculpture atop the Deutsches Historisches Museum 36. A close-up view of the same building
17. The entrance to the Deutsches Historisches Museum 37. This is the "Staatsrat," the ruling place of the former dictator of East Germany, Erich Honnecker. It has since become home to a private business college.
18. Crossing the river, I spot a curious sculpture. 38. One of two twin cathedrals, this one called the Franzosischer Dom (French Catheral). The other is the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral)
19. Statues are situated close to the bridge over the river 39. Day 5: I walked through more of Berlin until the time of the evening train back to Hamburg. Pictured here is one of the remaining sections of the old Berlin Wall. This acts as a fence at the edge of the exhibit Topographie des Terrors, which houses many documents and photos evidencing the plans and execution of crimes against humanity.
20. Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is absolutely enormous, but this requires you to compare it to the size of the people moving around on the green in front. 40. That section of the Berlin wall ends at the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall, which dates back to 1877 and contains changing exhibits of art and culture.


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