Berlin (Germany): Part 1

30 May - 2 June 2010

I was invited to give a presentation at a workshop in Berlin, and of course I was very willing to go. A colleague of mine had lived in Berlin for some time, and she still had some friends there. She offered to meet me at my hotel and show me the city. I had a few points I liked to see, either with her or the next day alon, and for the rest I was open to any reccommendations. It was really nice having someone to go with, hearing some stories about life there and not having to think about where to go and how to get there. This is how I ended up in Berlin speaking japanese the whole day, a strange experience!

I stayed at Hotel Gates, which was reccommended by the workshop organizer and a very nice place, and close to the University. From there we walked through the Tiergarten (not a zoo, but a public park) to the Siegessäule, which was being renovated

They did a good effort to make it look nice and surely worth a picture

[HDR] Next up was the famous Brandenburger Tor

"Inside" the Brandenburger Tor

[HDR] And the Reichstag (parliament) district. I went there later again, so more photos at the end... This is the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, one of the new parliament buildings

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

Marienkirche (St Mary's Church) at the Alexanderplatz

Nicolaikirche in the Nicolaiviertel

"Grill Walker" mobile bratwurst vendor in front of the Dom

[HDR] The Dom of Berlin

[HDR] Ceiling at the entrance of the Dom

Arcade in front of the Old National Gallery

Then we walked via the "Unter den Linden" to the Holocaust monument

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