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Did you recognize the Reichstag dome and the Quadriga in the logo? Both are famous landmarks of Berlin. The former represents radical modernity, the latter embraces the ennobling spirit of ancient Greece. They are on top of the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, which were divided by the wall until 1989. For years they symbolized the partition of Germany and Europe.

. The river Spree runs between parliament and the government buildings
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The river Spree runs between parliament and the government buildings.
On the left is Jakob-Kaiser-Haus and next to it is the Reichstag building (German Bundestag) with the glass dome.
In the background: the Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellary) and on the right is the Paul-Löbe-Haus.


Sony-Center .


When the wall came down Berlin turned into the largest construction site in Europe. The "ballet of cranes" at Potsdamer Platz (Potsdam Square), where futuristic town dwellings are under construction, will continue to shape the city's skyline until 2006.

The Sony-Center at Potsdamer Platz. The dome spans a surface area of 4000 m2 - the oval shaped forum.Click image to enlarge



In addition to spectacular sights many lesser known treasures await the public. Take, for instance, the Chapel of Reconciliation from 1999/2000, located on the former "death strip" at Bernauer Strasse. Built entirely of clay, it was erected on the foundations of the Church of Reconcilition, which had been blown up by the GDR authorities in 1985 in order to carry out "national security measures".

. Kapelle der Versöhnung (Chapel of Reconciliation)
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Kapelle der Versöhnung. (Chapel of Reconciliation). The altar was rescued from the debris of the Church of Reconciliation


Schloss Pfaueninsel ( Peacock Island palace) .


Berlin can be unexpectedly romantic. Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), an idyllic spot in the city's charming South-West, was chosen by King Frederick William II as a love refuge. He adorned it with a small castle in the style of a " dilapidated gothic knight's castle" (1794 - 96). The island is 1.5 kms long, making it the second largest island in Berlin. It once accommodated Berlin's first zoological garden and is today a nature reserve and home to a great number of wild peacocks.

The Schloss Pfaueninsel. ( Peacock Island palace). The rooms preserve the original interior decorations from the period around 1800. Click image to enlarge



It's not just grandeur and splendour which convey the atmosphere of a city but also the smaller details. Take your time and take a second glance. You will learn a lot from secondary, day to day things. You will get a feeling of what moves the people of Berlin.

. Bullet holes from 1945
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Bullet holes from 1945 on a building façade, photographed in central Berlin in 2002


The Colonnade in front of the cours d'honneur at Sanssouci .

Potsdam is to Berlin what Versailles is to Paris. The best known summer residence of the Hohenzollern kings is Sanssouci, the Rococo palace of Frederick the Great. But in Potsdam alone, the "Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens in Berlin and Brandenburg" invites visitors to another 20 palaces and sights, including the steam-engine house, which is built in the form of a mosque. Many a good reason for a day-trip to Potsdam.

The Colonnade in front of the cours d'honneur at Sanssouci
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The easternmost city of Western Europe and the westernmost city of Eastern Europe: For the last twenty years I have guided groups and individual tourists from all over the world through Berlin. I speak seven languages fluently: German, English, French, Spanish,Italian, Portuguese and Russian. I am an official guide for the Berlin government, the Federal Parliament Protocoll office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for other public institutions too and many private companies.

Hannelore Fobo

Hannelore Fobo
 

This fascinating city is about to define anew its role in Europe. If you wish to witness this process, and if you are looking for a knowledgeable, friendly and humorous guide, call me, send me a fax or an email. General tours or tours on special topics, restaurants and entertainment - I will be happy to offer advice and let you share my experience.

 

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