On Tuesday 29 December I attended a lecture in the plenary hall of the German parliament – the Bundestag (the Reichstag is the name of the building – we’ll get to that later). These lectures are free, they happen on Tuesdays at 11.00am, and you really have to book ahead.
You won’t be disappointed. Visiting the Reichstag Building is a Berlin must. The two hours or so you spend here will give you an excellent sense of the history of Germany, from the days of the Holy Roman Empire up until today. Continue reading Germany’s Reichstag and Bundestag
After Amsterdam I got the train back to Berlin to spend the holiday period with the friends I stayed with in November when I arrived in Europe. Continue reading Berlin (Dec 15 – Jan 16)
Tucked between the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Zeughaus 17th Century German History Museum on Unter den Linden, Berlin’s Neue Wache (New Guardhouse) serves as the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Victims of War and Tyranny. Continue reading Neue Wache Memorial to the Victims of War and Tyranny
The first leg of my trip to Europe is five days in Berlin, staying with a couple of friends and their awesome two-year-old in the suburb of Wilmersdorf, due south from the western edge of the Tiergarten. Continue reading Berlin, November 2015