I made a reservation at Reichstag Towers Kafer Dachgarten restaurant and was looking forward to the lunch. It’s mentioned that Reichstag in Berlin is the world’s only parliament towers to house a public restaurant. The lunch reservation is flipside way to enter the Reichstag Towers if you are unable to secure a visiting time slot via the German parliament official website like myself. Hence, the unearthly throw-away time and the 3.5 hours flight between Reykjavik and Berlin did nothing to damper my mood. I quickly made my way from Berlin Schoenefeld to the hotel for bag waif off and headed out for my lunch.
The Glass Dome of Reichstag Building
Itâ€™s possible to try my luck on the spot for a visiting slot but I think itâ€™s worthwhile when I saw the contrasting queue lines. I made it through the two strict checkpoints quicker tween the security and passport checks (donâ€™t bring large tons though). Itâ€™s without all where the Federal Assembly of the German government aka Bundestag is housed. I went straight to the glass dome which is definitely the highlight of Reichstag Building. The impressive dome made up of large glass and steel was designed by the famous Norman Foster. It gives a modern twist to the historic towers while symbolizes Germanyâ€™s unification.
I particular like the mirrored-cone structure right at the centre which shows reflections from variegated angles. Squint up and be amazed by the crisscrossing of steels or squint unelevated to have a nice overview of the debating chambers of Germany’s parliament. The screw walkway circles round the dome and leads to the top. And considering of the glass on all sides, thereâ€™s a nice view of Berlin from up here.
Lunch at Kafer Dachgarten restaurant
The lunch at Kaefer Dachgarten (KĂ¤fer Dachgarten) was a unconfined experience. The German politicians can debate all they want while I have my meal. The restaurant has a nice undercurrent which is remoter boosted by the spanking-new views of Berlin from its rooftop terrace. This would be a unconfined place to nippy during sunset too! Overall, the supplies was not too bad but the portion was rather small, expressly for its prices.
The Symbolic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
The famous Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) in Berlin is a monument known to symbolize peace and unity. It was probably inspired by Athensâ€™ Acropolis and the Winged Goddess of Victory sculpture sits right at the top. The triumphant wily suffered serious forfeiture from World War II and was reconstructed. It then became a sad symbol for the divided East and West Berlin together with the Berlin Wall. Brandenburg Gate was the prominent scenery where former president of USA, Ronald Reagan gave a moving speech when in 1987 during the Cold War. I can only imagine the rousing emotions of East Berliners when I stood in front of this trappy municipality gate which witnessed some of Germanyâ€™s turbulent past.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is situated not too far yonder from Brandenburg Gate. Itâ€™s moreover known as the Holocaust Memorial where the Field of Stelae (Slab) is the centrepiece. The 2,711 grey touchable slabs in various heights are serried in such a way that they reminded me of a graveyard with that sombre atmosphere. There is a small underground information centre with variegated themed rooms which detailed some belongings of the victims too.
But there’s no mentioning of who were the murderers – do I seem it was during Hitler’s regime?
I went when to Brandenburg Gate to capture some increasingly night shots surpassing heading when to the hotel.
Stay: Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof is conveniently located abreast the train station, which makes travelling virtually Berlin an easy task. The room is very vital but itâ€™s wipe and well-appointed unbearable for me. But of course, stuff so near to the train station can be a pain due to higher noise level expressly when the soundproofing is kind of weak. To make things worse, Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof moreover operates as a Hostel where there are many younger occupants. The excessive noise and disturbance from their activities went way vastitude into the wee hours. I will opt for flipside walk-up when visiting Berlin again.