Few facts from yesterday that I forgot to mention. Fact one the people pretending to be soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie are apparently strippers and stars from adult movies! Next fact there was no such person as Charlie, there were 3 checkpoints, Checkpoint A, B, and C, C being Charlie! People at the Checkpoint will happily stamp your passport for €5 thus rendering your passport invalid!
Germany is a very ordered place and simply logic, the old museum is called the old museum, the new museum, yes you got it is called the new museum, the street behind the church, yep you got it again is called the street behind the church! Germany has counted it’s trees and numbered them with little plaques and to finish off I thought it appropriate to finish yesterdays points with a note about the churches in a square, the Catholics built the Protestants a church and the Protestants built the Catholics a church, how civilized and I suppose much more acceptable than worshipping together!
We also visited the site of Hitlers bunker, the place he died which is now a car park – interesting but what do you do with the land that was the site of hitlers rose garden with his bunker lying beneath?
Last night was a big one, nice Irish bar and finished the night in a bar that used to be a bunker in the war – yes an underground jazz bar, quirky and interesting but music not great then it was bed bound!
Today has been another big walking day. We began back at Kunshaus Tacheles, the art house, an old building inside the walls are filled with graffiti and is home to some local artists, really cool! Tacheles is currently under threat of being renovated, or pulled down and being rebuilt if I remember correctly it’s to become home to offices and a bank – very sad, it is grungy but I reckon it should be preserved!
Then we went off to the Berlin wall again and wandered around the Topographie of Terror which is home to photo’s and facts about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime and ideology. I have never being a real fan of war information but it was really interesting and also really horrific. The propaganda used was really amazing, posters that depict the perfect family, strangely enough a whole family of blonde hair and blue eyes! Posters promoting the euthanasia of adults and children with physical, intellectual disabilities and mental health problems, encouraging people to believe that they’re a drain on the system. A quote from Himmler telling people that not all are equal – the sad thing about that is that so many people still believe that today. The Nazi ideology was one of persecution for anyone who basically didn’t fit the mould! We then wandered along the wall again reading more accounts of torture and murder – very chilling because the land that we were walking on was once known as the death strip!
Berlin is a truly amazing place, filled with so much history and horror of the past but definitely worth putting on your travel wish list.
The hostel has been fantastic, very comfy and friendly. Apart from lots of noise from the boys bums even the fact that our room faced the main street and tram line it was really quiet. Definitely a good place to stay and to top it off location is great, everything you need on the door step and all of the major sights are within walking distance (providing you don’t mind a bit of a trek!)
Now for some photo’s and then next time I blog it will be from Prague!