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Berlin & Potsdam 2015

Saturday 29 August, Amsterdam - Berlin Schönefeld

Selfie with an unknown girl.

Train from Berlin Schönefeld to Berlin Haupbahnhof.

Our apartment in Berlin by airbnb.com

The owner of the apartment comes from Russia.

And first impression in the street where we stay: a Trabant.

Free exhibition about Willy Brandt (1913 - 1992) at Unter den Linden.

Willy Brandt was a German statesman and politician, leader of the Social
Democratic Party of Germany from 1964 to 1987 and chancellor of the
Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974.

Berlin divided after World War II in French, Britisch, American and Soviet sectors.

Border between West and East berlin.

Brandenburger Tor in East Berlin, and the city divided by The Wall (1961-1990).

JFK in Berlin, 1963.

Brandenburger Tor nowadays, with the American Embassy at the left.

This quadriga was designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow in 1793.

Seen from the West.

Reading about the The Reichstag building.

Holocaust-Mahnmal, is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Berliner burger

Topography of Terror
A highly recommended exhibition, entrance free.

Air corridor for supplying West Berlin in 1948.

Design of Berlin as Welthauptstadt (World Capital)
by Albert Speer (Mannheim, 19 maart 1905 - Londen, 1 september 1981)

Typical for dictators.



Most important concentration camps.

From 1942 around 378,000 German soldiers were taken to the USA.
In Florida they were set to work on plantations.

Bombing of Dresden.
Between 13 and 15 February 1945.

20 March 1945, the last public appearance of Hitler.

Piece of The Wall.

Small replica of Checkpoint Charlie.

The real Checkpoint Charlie, just constructed.


Gendarmen Platz (Square)

31 August, day trip by train to Sanssouci Park in Potsdam.

The New Palace on the western side of the park.

The building was begun in 1763, after the end of the Seven Years' War,
under King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great) and was completed in 1769.
It is considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace.

After the revolution of 1918, which overthrew the monarchy, the Weimar Republic
allowed 34 train loads of furniture from the palace to be sent to
the exiled Wilhelm II at Huis Doorn in the Netherlands.

Dragon House, built by King Frederick the Great of Prussia on the Klausberg.
The Dragon House is named after the sixteen dragons on the corners of its concave roofs.

The Orangery Palace is on the Klausberg.
It was built on behest of the "Romantic on the Throne", King
Friedrich Wilhelm IV (Frederick William IV of Prussia) from 1851 to 1864.

The Sanssouci Palace is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
The palace was designed/built by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747.
Fulfilling King Frederick's need for a private residence.

The palace's name is a French phrase (sans souci), which translates as "without concerns".

After World War II, the palace became a tourist attraction in East Germany.
Following German reunification in 1990, Frederick's body was returned to the palace
and buried in a new tomb overlooking the gardens he had created. Next to his dogs.

The Chinese House is a garden pavilion. Frederick the Great had it built, about seven
hundred metres southwest of the Sanssouci Summer Palace, to adorn his flower and vegetable
The garden architect was Johann Gottfried Büring, who between 1755 and 1764 designed
it in the then-popular style of Chinoiserie, a mixture of ornamental rococo elements and
parts of Chinese architecture.

Salmon and salad for dinner.

1 September, another warm and sunny day.

The Neues Museum located on Museum Island.

The artifacts it houses include the iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti!

Nefertiti and 3 daughters.

Spree River, with on the left the Museum Island.

Queen of the desert from China.
(afraid of sunshine)

The nostaligic East Germany museum.

Trabant, Trabi
two/stroke 594,5 ccm
26 hp, 615 kg, top speed 100 km/h

With my own Trabi from 1984.

Hauptstadt der DDR

Simson KR 51, 50ccm 1964 - 1986

Sandmännchen (Little Sandman) is a German children's bedtime television programme
using stop motion animation. The puppet was based on the Ole Lukøje character by Hans Christian Andersen.
The original idea came from Ilse Obrig of West Berlin TV.

However, on 22 November 1959 (only three weeks after the production had started), East German television (Deutscher Fernsehfunk, DFF)
began broadcasting its own Unser Sandmännchen, complete with its own "good night, children" character, also called Sandmännchen!

The production of the West German version of Sandmännchen ceased in 1991, following the unification of Germany.
The East German version was more popular and nowadays airs on reruns.

East Europe

November 1989

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Ampelmännchen acquired cult status.

House Book to register guests.
(at the police station)

The Fernsehturm is a television tower close to Alexanderplatz.
Constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the administration of the German Democratic Republic.

Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral located on Museum Island.

The Berlin City Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss or simply Berliner Schloss) was a royal
and imperial palace in the centre of Berlin, the historical capital of Prussia, and subsequently Germany.
It was located on the Museum Island at Schlossplatz, opposite the Lustgarten park. It was the winter
residence of the Kings of Prussia and the German Emperors.

The palace was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in World War II. Although it could have been
repaired at great expense, the palace was demolished in 1950 by the German Democratic Republic
authorities, despite West German protests.

In 2013 work started on reconstruction and a part of the exterior of the palace has been rebuilt.
The completion is expected in 2019


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