My so long desired visit to Berlin, was short and busy with events of 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics. Nevertheless I managed to have two short walks around the city and see some of its magnificent landmarks.
The weather both times wasn’t best (actually, it was raining most of the time), so there was little of bright sun and blue sky. But maybe because of this I was able to get some of real Berlin weather.
The city was great – vibrant, accommodating, warm.
I was staying not far from Treptower Park. So this is picture I saw when I got out of the city train at the station.
Treptower Park is a park alongside the river Spree in Alt-Treptow, in the district of Treptow-Köpenick, south of central Berlin. It is a popular place for recreation of Berliners and a tourist attraction.
Of course, not all the park is like this. This is the world of great alleys and huge old trees, great sculptures and memorial of Soviet Army as reminder to the rest of the World who is really liberated Europe from Nazi’s in WWII (I hope You don’t think it was USA).
This is Pushkin Alley (for those who don’t know, who is Pushkin – he was greatest Russian poet, living in earlier XIX century).
One of the side alleys in the park. Quiet and peaceful.
One of the main park’s attractions and is Its prominent feature is the Soviet War Memorial (sometimes translated as the “Soviet Cenotaph”), built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate the 50,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle in Berlin in April–May 1945. It was opened four years after the war ended on May 8, 1949.
Later this day I have tried to get to the Alexander Platz, but rain has washed me away and next time I was able to get to the city only last day of the conference.
Somehow I decided to get out of the train at Friedrichstrasse to go to the Reichstag. The sky wasn’t looking great but the views were stunning.
German Parliament – Bundestag.
Reichstag, built in 1894.
Memorial to Sinti and Roma victims of National Socialism
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch in Berlin, and one of the best-known landmarks of Germany. It is built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.
I think this building looks great both in daylight and at night.
All I had to do after that is to go back, so I went same way – by Reichstag first.
And then – along the main street (strasse) of Berlin, via Friedrich Monument.
And great Berlin Dome
Heinrich Heine Monument
Maxim Gorki Theater (Maxim Gorki was Russian writer in earlier XX century).
Berlin Museum (closed at this hour, of course)
Berlin Museum’s gallery
Probably it is all I manage to make more or less good picture of. Berlin I will remember as a vibrant, colorful, and friendly city – real haven for photographer and traveler. It is pity I didn’t see any of its magnificent museums, but maybe next time?