Berlin Part Two: A powerful memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a large area consisting of 2,711 concrete concrete blocks dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It is a powerful memorial in Berlin that was completed in 2004, designed by architect Peter Eisenman.

The true scale of the memorial can be seen from above, although this would have to be from a nearby building as drones aren’t allowed.


The memorial invites you to take a walk between the blocks. No two blocks are the same, varying in size and reminding us that each and every victim was different. Someone with unique characteristics and personality.


The concrete blocks are all grey in colour, and no happy emotions can be gathered from the site.


As you walk, you find yourself getting smaller and smaller as the blocks become more and more intimidating. You almost become lost as the light starts to fade and sound of traffic slowly fades.


According to our guide, the slightly off balance blocks and differing heights of the columns is intentional to give the onlooker a sense of unease and/or dizziness, an unsettling feeling that is still in no way comparable to the experiences of the victims.


This memorial is a must in Berlin, it isn’t often that I will recommend something that would intentionally be unsettling, however a trip to Berlin wouldn’t be complete without a visit.


A short walk takes us to the Brandenburg Gate, built in the late 1700’s and remains one of Germany’s most popular landmarks.


Being a proper tourist.


In 1806, the Quadriga at the top of the monument (the lady and horse-drawn cart seen in more detail below) was stolen by Napoleons soldiers. The Quadriga returned to Berlin after Napoleon was defeated. After the defeat the square was renamed Pariser Platz or ‘Paris Square’. The goddess of victory behind the four horses seems to be looking directly at the French Embassy located in the square.


Who recognises the hotel above? Hotel Adlon is a luxury hotel in the square. It is also known for being the hotel that Michael Jackson was seen dangling his baby out of the window, one of the windows under the ‘Hotel Adlon’ sign that is seen on the right hand side of the building from the angle above.


And from the gate the large EU and German flags of the Reichstag Building can be seen. The Reichstag is home to the Bundestag, the German Parliament. The building is well known due the arson attack it suffered in 1933, not long after Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. It became the home of the German Parliament again after a full restoration in 1999.


The glass dome is actually open to visitors, and bookings are to be made in advance. Our guide told us that the glass dome also represents the parliaments desire for transparency with the German people.


Again, I would love if a German speaker was able to help me out here. I am not sure what this protest was about (I assume it is a protest) but I made my way over to check it out.

Update: Thank you to Antidote for finding this article on the initiative- ‘Against profits without conscience helps only a legal framework‘.


It is a glorious building, and again full of history. The day was perfect for an educational walk around the city, and soon I will post about Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall.

Thank you for reading Part 2, Part 3 coming soon!


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13 thoughts on “Berlin Part Two: A powerful memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building”

      1. Such an inspirational generation! To go through this horror must have had an impact and I greatly appreciate your father and everyone else that contributed to our freedom.

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  1. I am far from expert with German language but I found the initiative on the internet and it is about how for many companies, profit is more important than the protection of the
    humans and the environment.
    Here is some article that ggl translate could help:

    Also, I really like this series. I visited Berlin but it is nice to revisit some places that I’ve been. You do really good job explaining and guiding through the memorials.

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    1. Oh thank you! I appreciate the finding. I will link it and your blog into my post. Pleased to see you liked my Berlin series, I am so sorry there are only three from the city (and one more to come from the concert!). But hopefully the following posts from the UK are interesting too 🙂

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      1. As long as there are interesting topics, I enjoy reading them. I am considering making my own blog about my travel experiences. This was primarily my „hobby“ but I always loved blogging (I actually had more blogs about my writings but they were on platforms that crashed, my posts disappeared and unfortunately with that I lost my will to write). Reading your blog and adventures, I kinda want to make them again. Thank you and I will be reading your posts 🙂

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      2. This is great! I do hope you get back into it and find that motivation to write again. It is always nice to read about someones adventures and experiences, I am sure once you start the motivation will come flooding back!

        I am pleased I could help a little, and thank you so much for the kind comments which give me motivation.

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  2. I had the same experience and lost 14 years of work with the loss first of Virtual Tourist (destroyed by T**pA**v***r and Kaufer’s bid for world domination) and then Travbuddy (which finished because it was too small basically) and I became very disillusioned as well.

    WordPress seems to be quite a robust company and if you buy your own domain as I did, your work should be safe enough. If you do not want to do that because it costs money, not much admittedly, then WordPress on it’s pwn seems fine. Believe me, I am a complete technophobe and if I can manage to cobble together a blog site that is certainly not spectacular but at least readable, then anyone can.

    You say you loved blogging and, whilst you are obviously disillusioned by setbacks that were not of your making but I am sure that if you got started again you would soon get your “mojo” back. Plese do consider it and let us know how it goes.


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