• Berlin – an Exciting Mix of Old and New

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Architecture, Berlin, City Breaks

    Berlin is ever-popular as a city break destination.  The German capital has plenty to offer the tourist, from a fascinating history to an exciting and vibrant present. In the space of a few days in Berlin you can take in a wonderful mixture of old and new.

    Charlottenburg

    Charlottenburg

    Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and most beautiful royal palace still standing in Berlin. Charlottenburg was erected as the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia. The palace contains interior decoration reflecting several architectural styles and the famous palace gardens contain the mausoleum of Queen Louise and the Belvedere with its world-renowned collection of porcelain. .

    The Brandenburg Gate is a sight easily recognised by many all over the world.  The only remaining city gate of Berlin used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, but since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolise German unity.  The Gate was built between 1788 and 1791 and is modelled on the Propylaeum of Athens’ Acropolis.  Since October 2002 the Brandenburg Gate has been closed to all traffic, making it appear an even more impressive landmark.

    Brandenburg Gate

    Brandenburg Gate

    On the subject of impressive landmarks, anyone who has been to Berlin has seen it….. The Berlin Television Tower, at 368 metres tall, is the highest publicly accessible building in Europe. The tower was inaugurated on 3 October 1969 in the former East Berlin as a symbol of the superiority of socialist societies.  The tower is now accepted as a landmark for all of Germany and every year more than a million visitors take in a breathtaking panorama of the bustling city of Berlin from the viewing platform.

    Potzdamer

    Potsdamer

     

    And so to the new  …..The Potsdamer Platz quarter is one of the most exciting and multifaceted corners of the German capital.  Potsdamer Platz offers a unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping and cosmopolitan flair –  combined with a little touch of history. Before the Second World War Potsdamer Platz was one of the busiest squares in Europe.  In World War II it was almost razed to the ground and in 1961, fate hit the square again when it was divided by the Berlin Wall and consequently became a border zone.  Potsdamer Platz is possibly the most striking example of urban renewal which has changed this city and brought metropolitan life into areas which had been dead for many years.

    Berlin, – a fascinating mix of old and new.  .