In between exploring the colourful café scene and drinking 1 euro beer with our bratwurst for breakfast in the public square, we traced through a bit of history around Germany’s capital city, Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical piece of architecture. The tremendous structure towers over Unter den Linden Boulevard, having withstood time and wars – there’s many a story to tell. The dramatic statue of the Goddess of Victory driving a chariot pulled by four horses sits on top as if it were a cake topper (for a weirdly shaped cake), I’ve read the design of the gate was inspired by the Acropolis in Athens.
As a child of a baby boomer, the history and individual stories of Berlin’s past is really unimaginable, and the events that took place at the Brandenburg Gate marks the beginning of some of the darkest moments for the country. It was taken over by Napoleon Bonaparte and his grand army, he removed the statue which back then was called the Goddess of Peace and shipped it back to Paris. When it was recovered by the Prussians, the statue was appropriately named, the Goddess of Victory. Hitler carried out his chilling victory parade through the gate, as well as all sorts of nazi propaganda activities. The divide of the Berlin Wall between east and west, saw the Brandenburg Gate cut off from one side of Berlin. US President, Ronald Reagan famously spoke the words ‘tear down this wall’ in a speech at the site. Powerful musical concerts televised globally, reunified the east and west.
Today, Brandenburg Gate is free to enjoy and on our visit we wandered around entertained by the scene in front of us. The sun was beginning to set and it looked stunning with the rays penetrating through. We found monument landmarks in Europe a bit chaotic at times, always having to be on the look out for scammers or gypsies, and always ending up in little quarrels with them, but at the Brandenburg Gate, it was a different atmosphere. Rather, some entertaining buskers dressed up as soldiers for tourists to have a photo with. Shrieks of laughter directed our attention to a weird circular 10 person bike with one steering wheel, and from here, we walked along Unter den Linden Boulevard passing Hotel Adlon where Michael Jackson dangled his son, Blanket from his hotel room. Our next stop – Fassbender & Rausch, a well-known chocolate shop.
This post joins up with the A-Z Guidebook Travel Link Up hosted by Tiffin Bite-Sized Adventures. Thank you Fiona, I’m glad I made this month in time and looking forward to the others!