Sunday, 15 September 2013

More snapshots of Berlin

Unter den Linden is one of the more famous avenues in Berlin. It's a gorgeous promenade of restaurants, historical buildings and offices that lead to the Brandenburg Gate

King Friedrich II by Christian Daniel Rauch

Humboldt University

The Opera House under construction

A clock in the square in front of the Humboldt University where Hitler burnt books

Did you know that Nefertiti is right here in Berlin? No? Well, she is. Safely ensconced in the Neues Museum just off Unter den Linden. She really is quite stunning. Unfortunately, there are no photos here, as visitors are forbidden to take any photos of her in the gallery where she resides.

The Neues Museum

The Ishtar Gate of Babylon was commissioned by King Nebuchadnezzar II. Dedicated to the Goddess Ishtar, it was one of the Seven Wonders of The World until it was replaced by the Lighthouse in Alexandria. The reconstruction below is the smaller of the two gates that were originally built. It is said that the larger gate is in storage as it was too large to be reconstructed in the museum.

The Ishtar Gate of Babylon in The Pergamon Museum

A short walk away from the Pergamon Museum is the magnificent Berliner Dom. This immense reconstructed church is beautiful inside. You can walk all the way up into the dome and look out on Berlin if you like.

Berliner Dom

If you walk past the Berliner Dom and beyond, you come to Hackescher Markt. Thursday and Saturday are the market days. If you go on one of those days, you will be dazzled by the fantastic variety of fruit, vegetables, knick-knacks and sweets on offer.

Hackescher Markt and the made-to-order potato chips that were out of this world!

Near the Humboldt University is St Hedwig's, the first Catholic church in Berlin after the Protestant Reformation. This church was burnt down completely during the World War and has since been reconstructed.

St Hedwig's

Inside St Hedwig's

On the other end of Unter den Linden is the great Brandenburg Gate. It is round the corner from the Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag

The Brandenburg Gate

Reichstag during the day

Reichstag at night

We are almost at the end of my photos of Berlin, so how can I not finish with some shots of FOOD!

Berliner Bouletten - Pork meatballs served with potato salad

Sweet, crunchy, delicious biscuit studded with caramelised nuts

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