Winter travels in Eastern Europe – East Berlin Wanderings


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January 3rd 2017
Published: February 26th 2017
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Berlin - DDR walking man Berlin - DDR walking man Berlin - DDR walking man

This iconic DDR walking man symbol remains at crosswalks in East Berlin.
We drove our car 3,300 km from Minsk, Belarus where we are teaching to see the cities, Christmas markets and quiet snow covered countryside of Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and eastern Germany.

We spent three nights in an East Berlin apartment enjoying the urban daily routines of a working neighborhood. We found some great restaurants. We finally mastered the public transportation system and hit many of the major sites: Brandenburg Gate, remains of the Berlin Wall, and communist murals. We skipped the museums. We are so used to clean and tidy Minsk that the graffiti other European cities is sometimes overwhelming.


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Berlin Wall - remaining sectionBerlin Wall - remaining section
Berlin Wall - remaining section

A moving tribute to those kept "in".
Berlin World Clock at  Alexanderplatz StationBerlin World Clock at  Alexanderplatz Station
Berlin World Clock at Alexanderplatz Station

Built in 1969. Solar system model on top. TV tower behind.
Berlin- DZ Bank BuildingBerlin- DZ Bank Building
Berlin- DZ Bank Building

Frank Gehry's architectural design hiding inside the bank building so as not to detract from the historic Brandenburg Gate.
Berlin ParkBerlin Park
Berlin Park

It looks like kids can build their own forts. I wonder if adults can help?
Berlin muralBerlin mural
Berlin mural

Amazing!
Berlin - STOP WARSBerlin - STOP WARS
Berlin - STOP WARS

Alexanderplatz Station


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