Ich bin ein Berliner

President John F. Kennedy, Willy Brandt Mayor of Berlin, Konrad Adenauer West German Chancellor.

In 1963 John F. Kennedy, at that time President of the United States, visited West Berlin and spoke those famous words.

“Ich bin ein Berliner”

At that time Berlin was  divided in two parts, West and East Berlin.

Now Berlin, after the fall of the East German Wall in 1989, is one city again.

And what for a city. It’s amazing how Berlin looks now a days.

When you enter the city the first thing that you notice is the Berlin bear.

It welcomes you to enter the city and take a look around.

So we just did that and i hope you enjoy this little impression of Berlin.

Brandenburger Tor

Pariser Platz

Brandenburger Tor

If you are at the Brandenburger Tor and the Pariser Platz you feel that the city is alive.

Close by is the Deutscher Bundestag.

It’s the center where the German Government is settled.

You got the old part and the new part of the Deutscher Bundestag ( German Government ).

Der Deutscher Bundestag. The German Parlement.

The two different styles, new and old, are going well together.

There is a lot of space so one style doesn’t disturb the other.

 They really did something remarceble there in Berlin. So lets go on with the tour.

Der Fernsehturm Berlin. The television tower Berlin.

The television tower of Berlin is 368 meters high and is the highest building in Germany.

It’s build by the East Germans between 1965 and 1969.

Then you got the Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz.

Sony Center rooftop

The rooftop of this center is really something.

It’s like a huge umbrella that’s over the center.

It is also the headquarters of Sony Europe.

The Sony Center Building.

And like always in Berlin old and new buildings are doing just fine together.

The Sony Center Building

And if you’re not tired then you can go and visit the Berlin main station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, which was opened in 2006.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

If you don’t watch out you loose your way in this station of glass.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Berlin is a city of history. History is al around you.

You can feel it you can see it and you can even smell it in a certain way.

Of course the Wall. It’s still there in a certain way.

At least parts of it. History is made here. The Cold War was here the coldest so to say.

I still remember the fall of the wall.

It was world news here in Europe and in the rest of the world.

After the fall i went to the US for a holiday and i was watching there the news every day.

And when i came back in The Netherlands, just before christmas, it still was on the news.

Checkpoint Charlie

So history they got enough in Berlin.

Bad times and now they have good times.

So visit Berlin and look around.

I know you will enjoy it just like me.

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