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Real German spirit in Berlin!

Our last road trip stop was a wonderful city of Berlin. It was my first time there and we had only one evening and night to explore it. Luckily our hotel was right in the center of it so with no time to lose we started our city journey.

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After Köln we headed straight to Berlin. But first - a little stop to have some lunch.

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Enjoying German Coca-Cola which is much different from the one we have in Latvia.

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We arrived to Berlin at about 17.00. So we still had a good part of our evening and all night to explore Berlin. This is our hotels hall. Looks really antique.

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Old German map in the hall.

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Looks like an office building. But in reality it's a church under construction. If you don't look carefully you'll never now.

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This is how it really looked before renovation. (photo from Wikipedia)

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Famous German brand. The sign weighs 15 000 kg, has an outer diameter of 10 metres and completes approximately two revolutions a minute.

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World Fountain in Berlin. It is a popular meeting place for Berlin's many street artists and entertainers including acrobats and pantomime actors to portrait artists.

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Some street brake dancing.

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Looks pretty damn good.

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The "Clock of Flowing Time" located in the Europa Center. Globules of coloured water flow up and down a tower through a system of communicating tubes in such a way as to display the current time. The system is emptied every day at 1am and 1pm and the cycle begins again.

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While the water flow continues the clock will literally never stop.

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Famous zoo in Berlin. Unfortunately it was already closed and we didn't get a chance to visit it.

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Gates to the Berlin Zoo.

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You can see the scale of them if I stand by one of the columns.

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Berlin is famous for it's parks. But I didn't like them. It's not that kind of parks you would expect, for example like Hyde Park or Regents Park in London. In Berlin it's basically just a wild forest in the center of the city. Huge trees, river, lakes which in the evening and night time make all of it quite scary and uncomfortable. This river goes right by the Berlins zoo.

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The Victory Column, Berlin, Germany.

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The statue of Victoria - the Roman goddess of victory on top of the Victory column. The statue featured in the music video to U2's 1993 "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" and inspired Paul van Dyk's 1998 trance music hit, "For an Angel"

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It is 8.3 metres high and weighing 35 tonnes.

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Base of column.

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Going for the Reichstag.

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I was really impressed. Right in the center of Berlin a minute walking from "Brandenburg Gates" stands a memorial to Russian soldiers that were killed during Second World War while fighting Germans for Soviet Unions freedom and independence.

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Gratitude in Russian without any translations to other languages, even German.

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Russian cannons from the Second World War times.

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Russian tank. You can even see a red star on it.

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Interesting title with a smile. In translation from German it means "sausage". Sorry for the shaking hands :)

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The center of Berlin shares modern glass and concrete architecture with an old stoned buildings which looks quite interesting.

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A popular meeting place right in front of the Reichstag building.

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The reconstruction of the Reichstag was completed in 1999. It looks absolutely new.

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Real German spirit.

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Reichstag building, Berlin, Germany.

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The large glass dome at the very top of the Reichstag has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin. Unfortunately it was too late to visit it.

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Here is a picture of it from the inside. (Wikipedia photo) If you visit Berlin it is absolutely worth visiting.

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Here you can see once again totally different architectures sharing one street.

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Paul Löbe Haus - a parliament building with 1700 offices for holding German parliament members. It's called after previous Reichstag president - Paul Löbe.

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It was opened in 2001 and covers an area of 61 000 square meters.

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Since it's a government building it has to be really close to the Reichstag.

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Here we can see some more Berlin streets with..

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..different architecture interactions.

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany.

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Really tasty ice-cream. And really expensive :)

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Madams Tussauds museum in Berlin.

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Einstein cafe. Really like the style of it.

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Statue of Frederick the Great.

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Accidentally we run into a lot of people just sitting on the street watching opera. It wasn't live, just some large screens but still - really a lot of people.

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It was a little unusual. First time have I ever seen people watching opera just sitting on the street.

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Our evenings destination was of course Berlins television tower or the "Fernsehturm".

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Once again we can see mighty Berlin cathedral on one side of the road and absolutely new modern office building on the other.

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Berlin Cathedral. A closer look.

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Very interesting building on the other side. Especially at night. I suppose it could be some kind of an office building.

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Almost every building in the center has been beautifully enlightened.

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I don't know about you but to me this building really looks like it has been cut in half.

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Radisson Blu hotel. Looks much larger than the ones in Latvia.

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You can see mostly German cars on the street which is not a surprise since they are making one of the best cars in the world.

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The Red City Hall- the town hall of Berlin.

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Funny sign by the road :)

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Closing in to the television tower.

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The Fernsehturm, Berlin, Germany.

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Here is the map on the ticket. The Fernsehturm is the fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe, after Moscow's Ostankino Tower, the Kiev TV Tower and the Riga Radio and TV Tower.

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To go up this tower you have to pay 12 euro per person. The elevator that shows meters instead of floor number takes you 203 m up to the panoramic floor and if you are willing to eat even higher - 207 m up to the rotating restaurant. Of course the restaurant isn't the cheapest one.

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Inside is a great and not so expensive bar and of course a great 360 degree panoramic view on beautiful Berlin.

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Unfortunately while we were going there it got really dark and since the tower was sealed, it was almost impossible to take a good photo through the window because of the light reflection.

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Of course I could ask them to switch all the lights off but I'm not sure if they would have agreed on this one. :)

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So, I just hit the bar and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

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Still the view was staggering. You can't really see it on the photo but in reality it was much clearer.

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Definitely worth visiting this place.

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A little bit of history in the touring guide whilst drinking.

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Even though it was quite late the place was full of people or packed - how they would call it in London.

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The main hall in front of the elevator. The security will scan you in real German style. I haven't seen this even in the Eiffel Tower.

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As always lots of souvenirs.

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After the tower we headed back to our hotel. It was quite a long walk so we took a little different route and came across some interesting stuff. Like this Bugatti Veyron for example.

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Or Mercedes salon which looked just terrific.

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Bears are very popular in Berlin since it is the main symbol on the coat of arms of Berlin.

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Brandenburg Gate at night.

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Atop the gate is the Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory.

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Right by the Brandenburg Gate I have found lots of identical BMWs. I've no idea what was their purpose but it looked really firm and stylish. If you notice even the number plates begin with "BMW".

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Here is the full picture of this scene. In total there were more than 20 cars.

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The Berlin Monument on Tauentzienstraße - which represented a "broken chain", to symbolize the severed connections between West and East Berlin due to the construction of the Berlin Wall. Even though the Wall has since been dismantled, the sculpture was bought by the city to commemorate the unfortunate chapter in German history.

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