Berlin 2 11.09.2012
The hotel is nearby famous Kurfürstendamm (short name Ku'damm). One of the main roads in Berlin. The first records of it are dated by year 1500. During World War II only 43 houses survived the bombing. And that's only 3.5 km part! Nowadays there is no a print that there was such a destruction. Just a lot of shops, walking Germans and tourists.
In the same place there is Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which is very beautiful (according to photos from the Internet). Unfortunately it was closed for renovation, so I didn’t have a chance to look at it even from the outside. However there were enough places to see anyway. Especially it was really cool with museums. A lot of them were on a island of museums. Quite convenient. Especially in the night of museums =)
I had to go back from evening walk to the hotel by 17th of June Street which is called this way to commemorate the uprising of the East Berliner worker in 1953. It starts from the Brandenburg Gate, then the Victory Column with circle road around. This was the place where I got lost. Fortunately there was an English speaking German fellow, who was going by bicycle somewhere and he helped me to find the way. He even accompanied me to the street I needed and told some nice storied on the way.
On the very next day I packed my backpack and headed to Bundestag. Entrance was completely free, no invitation was needed. Just security control to check you on cold weapons, explosive and all the other stuff tourists normally take to trips. There was one guy with chisel. Just from his country side. Security guys smiled and put it to the storage. They promised to return it back on exit :)
In the corridor you can find detailed Bundestag model and even peep the library:
There are still writings on the wall from Soviet soldiers who captured Berlin in 1945:
It is allowed to go up to the uppest floor of Bundestag. One can take a cup of free coffee and talk to some politicians, which are awaiting citizens to have a talk. Spiral staircase in a dome looks interesting. Probably it’s not one, but two staircases: one to g up and one to go down. Though it looks like one. But you will never meet a guy who’s rushing in opposite direction.
Orchestra downstairs makes truly amazing performance. It is just wonderful!
Somewhere in the middle of my route I accidentally stumbled into Volkswagen and Bently shop. There was no chance I would miss it. So. I had a chance to buy Bentley just for 240000 Euro. For those who forgot money (or did not manage to save enough) they have showcase with toy cars (you can even buy a couple).
The next car was Bugatti. However there was no price sticked to it. May be just to safe some people from shock.
Volkswagens look much more available for ordinary people. Price range is between 20 - 80 thousands euro (for a brand new car). Well 80 thousands might be not that cheap, but 20 is more than affordable.
Some things for tourists are really strange. E.g. a group bicycle for up to 7 persons (I had a photo somewhere, will find it tomorrow), individual transport with audio guide and other stuff. I even met some groups on such things. And of course famous der Ampelmännchen — a guy from a cross light, unique for Berlin. You will find it nowhere, but in Berlin.
Well, that was a long post, and again it was not all I wanted to share. Will continue tomorrow =)