Day 74 and 75: October 4th and 5th
Berlin is such an interesting city. So much has happened here that has affected much of the world. The city has still kept alive its history..some of it which is hard to confront at times but it has done so well..by actually keeping alive the memories of those affected. We visited the excellent Holocaust Memorial which was very very moving and pays tribute to the more than six million Jews that were killed during the war. The museum tells a lot of its stories through real families. It was really very touching and a place worth visiting.
There are other monuments and famous spots like Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall that exist alongside 11th and 12th century churches that miraculously escaped with only little damage from the war. We also saw streets and buildings that immediately reminded me of Moscow and St.Petersburg which was obviously very much from Soviet occupied East Berlin.
We visited the amazing Pergamon Museum which houses the famous Pergamon Altar which was originally from 5th century Babylon and reconstructed here in the museum. Ishtar gate was very impressive as well.
Berlin overall really impressed us with its ability to live in the present but to also honor the memories of the millions that were affected by the war and it’s aftermath.
It’s also been nice to spend time with friends.
Tomorrow, we are on a train to Brussels… We didn’t know this but our Euro rail pass is First Class! 🙂 looking forward to that train ride.