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    • Day2

      NAMSAN TOWER

      September 8 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Nu lämnar vi Berlin, och det gör vi med många fler bilder på detta tornet som egentligen inte heter namsan tower men som det fick heta för oss då vi inte kunde utala det riktiga namnet. Man såg det från många ställen i stan och därav alla dessa bilder, tack och hej!Read more

      Traveler

      Vart bär det av nu?

      Traveler

      Nu har vi landat i Amsterdam 😁

      Traveler

      Fernsehturm?! 😄

      Traveler

      Är det det den heter?😂

       
    • Day3

      BERLIN

      September 9 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Idag fick vi gratis frukost som kompensation för att de strulade med våra kort igårkväll, win för oss!
      Sedan har vi cyklat runt nästan hela Berlin, runt runt! Vi har sett Checkpoint Charlie, muren x2, Potsdamer Platz, Förintelsemonumentet, Brandenburger Tor, Riksdagshuset i Berlin (där vi lunchade på mat vi tog med från frukosten), Siegessäule, Victims of the Berlin Wall Window of Remembrance och en massa platser och härliga gator där emellan 😁
      Ikväll träffade vi Henrik och Jesper igen och åt 'dönner' (typ kebabrulle fast ändå inte 😅), sjukt vanligt här, finns överallt och är billigt (5€) för mkt mat!
      / Amsterdam
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      Traveler

      Håll i styret med båda händerna! 😠

      Traveler

      haha, på videon ser det mycket värre ut än det var, komprimerad bild, de gick jättebra attcykla 🤪

      Traveler

      🤓

       
    • Day3

      East Side Gallery

      March 20 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Facciamo ora una passeggiata fino alla East Side Gallery (letteralmente «galleria del lato orientale»). E' un memoriale internazionale alla libertà ed è il maggior tracciato rimasto in posizione originale del muro di Berlino. Questa sezione di muro è lunga 1,3 km ed è interamente dipinta con graffiti fatti da diversi artisti, riguardanti temi come la pace o comunque della caduta del muro in seguito alla fine della cosiddetta guerra fredda. Il lato posteriore fu dipinto nel 1990 e dal 1992 è considerato monumento protetto.
      La East Side Gallery è considerata la più estesa galleria d'arte all'aperto del mondo. Essa è ricoperta da circa 106 murales di artisti provenienti da ogni parte del mondo. Tra i graffiti più famosi si ricordano quello del bacio fra Erich Honecker e Leonid Brežnev e della Trabant che sfonda il muro.
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    • Day3

      Holzmarkt 25

      March 20 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Andiamo ora in un posto stranissimo: uno spazio ricreativo sulle sponde della Spera...
      Negli anni della divisione della città fra est e ovest, nelle zone dove il muro correva lungo la sponda della Sprea, si erano create delle aree non accessibili e non utilizzate. Dopo la caduta del muro, questi terreni prospicienti al corso d’acqua hanno acquistato un valore immobiliare e speculativo di prima grandezza. L’esistenza di queste aree non era però sfuggita nemmeno a gruppi alternativi di musicisti, artisti di vario genere o più semplicemente ragazze e ragazzi con l’aspirazione di un’esistenza fuori dagli schemi di una società alienante e dominata dal profitto. Nel 2004, all’altezza della Holzmarktstraße 25, in corrispondenza di un accesso alla Sprea, nasce il BAR 25, punto di aggregazione degli amanti della musica Techno. Il locale ottiene risonanza internazionale e nasce così una cooperativa di artisti, artigiani e gastronomi tutt'ora attiva. L’accesso al giardino e alla riva della Sprea è libero, giorno e notte. Fra le molteplici attività, che sono arrivate ad occupare fino a 140 persone, una sala-teatro per concerti, riunioni, seminari e qualsiasi tipo di evento culturale, musicale, aziendale. Una casa editrice, diversi fotografi, una ditta specializzata in illuminazioni ed effetti speciali, esperti di tecnologie digitali e sviluppo ecologico, insegnanti di musica, un gruppo di artisti che realizza interni e facciate usando la tecnica dei nastri adesivi, una sala di incisione e tecniche del suono, una falegnameria per progetti creativi, un asilo nido e altri ancora.Read more

    • Day5

      Stasi Museum (cont’d)

      December 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      The centrepiece of the exhibition is the office and working quarters of the former Minister of State Security – i.e. head of the Stasi – Erich Mielke. The museum is operated by the Antistalinistische Aktion Berlin-Normannenstraße (ASTAK), which was founded by civil rights activists in Berlin in 1990. It aims to foster the development of the museum as a "centre for the collection, preservation, documentation, rehabilitation and exhibition of evidence and research materials relating to East Germany".Read more

    • Day5

      Stasi Museum

      December 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      One has to see it to believe it but the level of intrusion into the lives of every citizen of the GDR is mind boggling.
      The Stasimuseum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS). The building was erected in 1960-61 as the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR.
      On 15 January 1990 demonstrators took over the Stasi headquarters.
      A week later, the Central Round Table, a committee made up of representatives of the SED dictatorship and civil rights groups, decided that a “memorial and research centre on GDR Stalinism” should be established in House 1. When nothing came of this declaration of intent, members of the Berlin citizens’ committee and other civil rights activists took action and began securing the historic site.
      In August they founded the association “Antistalinistische Aktion e.V.” (ASTAK). On 7 November 1990, it opened the Research Centre and Memorial at Normannenstrasse with an exhibition titled “Against the Sleep of Reason”. House 1, later named the Stasi Museum, has been open to the public ever since.
      The offices of Erich Mielke are preserved in their original condition and form the centrepiece of the historic site.
      Since 1990, ASTAK has shown different exhibitions, providing information about the State Security and how its activities affected the GDR population. The permanent exhibition “State Security in the SED Dictatorship,” which the association created jointly with the Stasi Records Agency, opened in House 1 in January 2015.
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      Traveler

      I found the whole concept of the Stasi extremely confronting. The idea of friends and relatives spying on each other, secret recording devices, cameras and smell jars restricted liberties, separation of loved ones and deliberate emotional torture of innocent citizens was quite overwhelming. I know Rich would have been a target!!

      1/6/20Reply
       
    • Day4

      Prenzlauer Berg

      August 9 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      È un quartiere residenziale rilassato e piacevole. Vi abbiamo visitato le strade e un paio di negozi locali, per approdare alla Wasserturm (torre idrica) che riforniva la città d'acqua. Arrivano i nazisti per utilizzarla come campo di concentramento per ebrei e comunisti locali, sperimentando torture e orrori poi applicati in larga scala.
      Oggi vi trovano posto appartamenti di prestigio e tutt'attorno un parco con una collina molto rilassante, in cui abbiamo schiacciato un pisolino tonificante.
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    • Day11

      Berlin Germany

      May 31, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌫 20 °C

      We knew we had a full agenda when booking our Viking cruise and today's 13 hr tour starting at 6.15am was no exception. The ship docked at Warnemunde Germany where we joined our guide Lars for a 2.5 hr train ride to Berlin. En rte we met another couple Lori and Randy who joined us for the day. An included bus tour of Berlin provided highlights and orientation to the history and famous sites. Germany pop 89 mill. Berlin 6 mill on the Spree river. In 1933 Russia conquered the country. Hitler and the reich ruled during the war ending in 1945.
      Since the fall of the Berlin wall sweeping transformation of architectural and cultural modernization has emerged. The Berlin wall divided the city during the cold war from August 1961 to 1989 for 96 miles. The wall was guarded by 16000 snipers where many lost their lives trying to cross the 70 foot death zone to escape
      Our guide an east Berliner told us about life in east Berlin where for 50 yrs they were separated from the rest of the world by the Berlin Wall. They could see across to the freedom of the west, had to attend oppressive schools fed by the communist regime and listen to English music and tv while dreaming to live on the other side. He took us to the Brandenburg Gate..an emotional site for Berliners. Growing up they knew if they could walk through the gate..it means freedom. The gate originally built in 1791 has been refurbished removing tons of bullets...it is the site where Ronald Reagan said to Gorbachev if you want peace bring down the wall..within two yrs it was down... Peter Jennings Cdn led the commentary the night the wall came down.
      Breznev of Russia and Honniker Germany signed the treaty of German reunification the following yr.
      We saw Checkpoint Charlie, one of 6 points where people could go in and out of east and west side for specific reasons.
      The historic centre of Berlin has been rebuilt using vacant land where the wall and army were. Some of the new buildings include the State library, the Opera house the most modern in Europe, the Einstein centre and the State library replacing one where all books were burned by communists in 60s, the new glass parliament known as the Reichstag and we viewed the historic one where russian flag claimed victory in 1933 and where later Hitler and germans signed unconditional surrender in 1945 and his ultimate suicide.
      Visiting the holocast memorial was very sobering. Thousands of people viewing the wall and historical artifacts in silence. The horrors of the slaughter of so many is difficult to see.
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      Such history.

      6/1/19Reply

      Sobering.

      6/1/19Reply

      Such a famous piece of history.

      6/1/19Reply
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    • Day6

      18/07/22

      July 18 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Lounging in the park pretending to be cool Berliners (the difference in camera quality LOL, I can assure you we did not sit there till dusk)

      Traveler

      disappointed you didn't write your name in blood from your mosquito bites

      7/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      my artistic materials were limited, have to wait till India for that 🤣

      7/19/22Reply

      You don't seem to be doing very well at pretending to be doughnuts. [Somebody or other]

      7/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      I get it! I get it! 👏

      7/22/22Reply
       
    • Day3

      Day 3 Berlin

      May 14, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Slept 8 hours last night but only problem was that it was from 7pm till 3am. Had excellent Hotel Select The Wall breakfast at the unheard of hour of 6:30am.
      9am appointment for Reistag glass dome with audio pointing out sights and features of the dome. Then Brandenburg Gate, Hotel Adlon (where Michael Jackson dangled baby off the balcony), memorial to the murdered jews of Europe, Unter den Linden with coffee break at Microsoft Digital Cafe. Then Bebel Platz ( where Nazis burnt the books), tour of every hall in the Koncerthaus (if the sign was in english, who would think the tour would be in german only). Lunch of muligatawny chicken soup at Green Rabbit organic soup and salad cashless restaurant.
      Audio guide of history of german parliament in the German Dom.
      Then the Berlin Wall Museum at Check Point Charlie.
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      Traveler

      Great photo! Where is this?

      5/14/19Reply
      Traveler

      New dome on top of Reistag

      5/15/19Reply
       

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