Here are some more of my photos from Berlin and Amsterdam! I’m not going to go in as much detail as I did with my Sachsenhausen post, but just wanted to document my travels. I spent 4 days in Berlin and 4 days in Amsterdam.
Berlin is a wonderful city. Clean, vibrant and the best food. Seriously, the food was amazing. If you ever go to Berlin, make sure you visit Santa Maria for a gorgeous Mexican meal; I had the biggest and best burrito I have ever had and would go back to Berlin just to try it again. Ok, enough about food, here’s some photos.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
‘The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in the centre of Berlin is the German Holocaust Memorial honouring and remembering the up to six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Located between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, the Memorial consists of the Field of Stelae designed by Peter Eisenman and the subterranean Information Centre.’ – Stiftung Denkmal.
‘Close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin, the tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the administration of the German Democratic Republic. It was intended as a symbol of Berlin, which it remains today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. With its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany.’ – Wikipedia
I wanted to take more aerial shots, but the people at the TV Tower don’t clean their windows enough and I could only get horrible blurry / smeary shots, which was quite a bummer.
‘The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlinuntil it was opened in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the “death strip”) that contained anti-vehicle trenches, “fakir beds” and other defences. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.’ – Wikipedia
Germany’s parliamentary building.
‘Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.’ – Wikipedia
This isn’t the actual checkpoint. The actual checkpoint was bit further down, but this was erected for the sole purpose of tourist.
I didn’t take that many photographs in Amsterdam as I have been here before and this was more of a ‘chill out and have a few drinks’ kind of trip. However there were just a few photo opportunities that I couldn’t miss.