Berlin Now and Then: The Reichstag part One

Serving a similar function as the US Capitol Building in Washington DC, the Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament and where the German government conducts the business of running the country. Prior to German unification in 1871, there was no official,  centrally-administered German government and, as a result, no use for a building where a national Parliament could meet. Yet after unification (not to be confused … Continue reading Berlin Now and Then: The Reichstag part One

Berlin Now and Then: Brandenburg Gate vol. 1

The Brandenburg Gate-vol. 1 The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is to many the very symbol of Berlin. Originally part of Berlin’s Customs Walls,  (a testament to Germany’s love of taxes) the Brandenburg Gate was built around 1780s and was on the outskirts of the city but today the Brandenburg Gate is located at the very center of Berlin. You can find it on Pariser Platz, just minutes walk from the Siegesaule, Jewish Memorial, Reichstag, Tiergarten and … Continue reading Berlin Now and Then: Brandenburg Gate vol. 1

Berlin Now and Then: Mitte vol. 1

These pictures are of various, not so well-known places around the center of Berlin, which in Berlin is known as Mitte (middle). These particular photos are not really part of a set, so I am just lumping them together under the title “Mitte”. The first picture is of the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Rheinhardtsrasse. Friedrichstrasse is a main avenue in Berlin and the Friedrichstrasse Bahnhoff (train station) is one of Berlin’s … Continue reading Berlin Now and Then: Mitte vol. 1

Berlin Now and Then: The Altes Museum

The Altes Museum sits on Berlin’s Museum Island. As the name suggests it is an island on the Spree River which is home to some of Berlin’s, if not the world’s, most impressive museums. The Altes Museum, altes┬ábeing a German word for old, and Museum Island were built in the 1800s by renown German architect and city planner Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841). Designated a UNESCO … Continue reading Berlin Now and Then: The Altes Museum