One goes to Berlin to understand, rather than to see – unk. The Berlin Wall (above) was physical evidence of the split between nuclear-armed East and West that threatened to destroy us all during the decades after the end of WWII. My generation was born shortly after Nazi Germany’s surrender, and our lives have been defined […]
After 12 months of planning and 12 hours of flying, this is Berlin. I’ll be here for a month, learning German at school and revisiting the former East-West border city that featured prominently in my life and the life of everyone my age. My last trip to the German capital was marked by harassment from […]
I come to Germany every summer or two to practice German, and one of my favorite “first things” is to reacquaint myself with public transportation. It’s part of learning the culture. In Berlin, light rail, subway, streetcars (trams), buses and even ferries are coordinated by an association of the transit-system owners in Berlin and surrounding […]
The GLS Languages Center in suburban Prenzlauer Berg covers four acres. Building 2 has more than 60 classrooms, and Administration occupies half the second floor. The campus includes two hotels, a restaurant, a student cafeteria and a restored neo-Renaissance bath house now used as an event location.
The Berlin Wall is gone … mostly. You find segments still standing in several places. In reality, it’s a permanent scar on the city and the psyches of its longtime residents. The wall has fallen, but the divisions between East and West are deep and long-lasting. My host told me his parents, who live in […]
For residents of East Berlin, one dictatorship perished only to be replaced by another. The Topography of Terror exhibit shows what the Third Reich and the Soviet-dominated German Democratic Republic had in common — a foundation of terror.
The East Side Gallery is one of the biggest tourist magnets in the formerly divided city.
Germany’s executive and legislative branches are in Berlin (the country’s highest court is in Karlsruhe, in southwestern Germany). The chancellor’s office, the parliament building and the president’s residence are within a few minutes’ walk of each other. I strolled through the government quarter on a Saturday, my first day off since classes began.
Tears during parting is what the division of Germany meant for many. The station where friends and family had to say good-bye after a visit across divided Berlin was known as the Tränenpalast, “palace of tears.”
The Hohenzollerns are a dynasty of former princes, electors, kings and emperors of Hohenzollern, Brandenburg, Prussia, the German Empire and Romania, says Wikipedia. Charlottenburg Palace and its extensive garden were built for Queen Sophie Charlotte of the Hohenzollerns. Its oldest section dates to 1695. Frederick the Great updated it in the 1740s. It is the […]