24.2.16

Berlin Travel Diary - Day Two



Our nearest S-Bahn - I think it was Berlin-Charlottenburg! Loving all the graffiti everywhere. 



Casual selfie with the Reichstag.

We hit up the Brandeburg gate in daylight aswell only to be met by some kind of a display by a group of Palestinians playing music and dancing! 





We then headed to the Holocaust Memorial on Cora-Berliner Strasse which was humbling to see. According to the architect, "the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason" and it really works. Just wandering through this maze of concrete blocks is confusing and a bit disconcerting. 
Of course. It was just a quick stop, I swear!







We made our way to Check Point Charlie which was honestly so informative! The walls outside the exhibition are covered with information and details about the seperation of Berlin and Germany. So interesting to see and read about. 

Quick coffee pit stop after a hella long walk around the city. We stopped by Steinecke, which I'm pretty sure is a chain of cafes. My little chocolate pudding roll was tasty AF! 






To be fair, this is one of the most amazing chocolate shops I've ever set foot in. The sculptures in here are INSANE! Fassbender and Rausch is definitely a must see. 


We then walked through the Gendarmenmarkt to see the Concert Hall, the Deutscher Dom and the Franz√∂sischer Dom. We were there just in time to hear the bells ringing which was amazing! 



We then crossed over the river to get to Museum Island, where we didn't actually go into any museums but just marveled at the architecture of them all because Damn Gina, they are amazing to see. The Berliner Dom just from the outside is so overwhelming and imposing. 


Our last stop of the day was the Humboldt Box on Museum Island, a super modern looking building with an exhibition about the history of the old Berlin Palace, and what the new one will be like! It looks like it will be pretty cool - a "haven for arts and sciences" according to the website. Plus, it's free and has some great international and interactive exhibits.