I went to the centre of town for a random bimble.
The Bundestag is the most visited parliament in the world – 30 million visitors annually. The West German parliament in Bonn only had 11 million visitors the whole time it was there.
Bonn. So boring the government moved out. (This was quoted to me by a German)
If you look closely in this photo you can see the Berlin bear that you can have a photo with. But there are also East german border guards, and a Star Wars imperial stormtrooper. (He’s in the photo, above the car)
After that I went looking for Hitler’s bunker.
There’s an exhibition here called Topography of Terror, about the Gestapo and SS. It’s free, which is a good price since it’s just a lot of panels to read.
Down the road is another free exhibition, this time about the Stasi. It’s free, very small, and not worth going to.
From here I went to the German Historical Museum. €6, and very much worth it. Allow a whole day. I had 4 hours and it was not enough.
There is an excellent balance between religious, political, social and scientific history. Some of the photos are a bit blurry as I was taking them discreetly.
Yes, they did have a pickelhaube section.
Unlike some countries that try to whitewash their past (I’m looking at you, China) here they confront evevything and it’s handled very well.
Unfortunately I had to rush trough the 20th century. They had an excellent section on 1920s cultur. The section oncultures in the two Germanies was also very thorough.
I walked back along Unter Den Linden and it was all full of people having cheap €2.50 coffees.