Berlin

An allegory for Berlin’s history
Murals at the Berliner Dom
Altes Museum: The wide portico with 18 ionic columns is based on Greek temple architecture. The inscription above the portico reads “Friedrich Wilhelm III founded this museum in 1828 for the study of all antiquities and the free arts”.
Pergamon Museum
The 2nd-Century Pergamon Altar gives the museum its name: a stairway and portico on a pedestal, with a frieze in high relief portraying scenes from Greek mythology.
Bodes Museum: Named after its curator when it was first opened in a Neo-Renaissance palace in 1904. Houses exhibits on Classical sculpture, Byzantine art, Renaissance paintings, and a massive numismatic collection.
There are viewing corridors and restaurants up there as well. Or one can admire it from almost anywhere in the city centre,
The places of interest in Berlin are somewhat spread out from each other, but the extensive public transport network makes it so much more convenient.
The very opulent Charlottenburg Palace
Statues of a relay racer and discus thrower by artist Karl Albiker. There was a controversy surrounding these Nazi-era sculptures that can still be seen at the Olympic Stadium. Most backed keeping the art in place as a reminder of Germany’s past.
The main attraction in Treptower Park is a 12-metre statue of a Soviet soldier holding a German child and standing on a smashed swastika.
Situated right by the Spree, Treptower Park is a favourite picnic spot today
Molecule Man from Elsenbrucke near Treptower Park. Part of a series of aluminium sculptures, designed by Jonathan Borofsky and installed at various locations in the world like Berlin and Iowa. The sculptures consist of three humans, the holes representative of the molecules of all human beings coming together to create our existence. Tremendous structure, but is it only me who finds this a bit lame?
Remnants of the Berlin Wall remain in various parts of Berlin as a testament to the oppressive Communist regime.
Now the guardhouse, guards and sandbags in the centre of the street are a photo prop.
The most famous mural on the wall depicts GDR leader Erich Honecker and General Secretary of the Communist Party Leonid Brezhnev locked in a kiss.
It Happened in November
By German–Iranian painter Kani Alavi. Supposed to be inspired by observations from his apartment near Checkpoint Charlie. It depicts the scenes after the wall fell, with thousands of East Germans pouring into the West.
Sonic Malade’ by Greta Ida Csatlos (1990)
Street Musicians along the River Spree, right across from the East Side Gallery
St. Matthaus Protestant Church
Spandau Citadel: Built in the 16th century, one of the best-preserved Renaissance military structures of Europe.
Presently occupying what used to be the ‘death strip of the Berlin Wall’, there are 2711 blocks in a grid on the undulating ground signifying graves
The iconic Brandenburg gate
Symbol of unified Germany

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