World Travel

Berlin, Germany

I travelled to Berlin by car in winter 1992 and it was extremely cold, around -6°C during the day. Arriveing in Berlin in the evening, the city was enveloped in winter darkness and the streets was eerily empty. It somehow made me feel being on the set of a film. There weren't many people on the streets due to the cold and it was wonderful to explore the city's former eastern and western sides. The unification of Germany had taken place recently and residues of the former eastern side were everywhere. After Berlin I continued on to Dresden before returning to Zurich. The highways of the former East Germany were mostly built with ill fitting concrete slabs and driving at high speed was a dangerous and noisy affair.

The TV Tower, formerly in East Berlin, can be visited by lift Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, left in it's bombed-out state after WWII
The TV Tower, formerly in East Berlin, can be visited by lift
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, left in it's bombed-out state after WWII
The most famous symbolic structure in Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor, completed in 1791 divided East and West Berlin after 1945. Most of it was destroyed during the war and is rebuilt The wide 'Strasse des 17. Juni' road, with the Brandenburger Tor and the TV Tower in the distance
The most famous symbolic structure in Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor, completed in 1791 divided East and West Berlin after 1945. Most of it was destroyed during the war and is rebuilt
The wide 'Strasse des 17. Juni' road, with the Brandenburger Tor and the TV Tower in the distance

Berliner Rathaus. There are so many wide open spaces in this city. They're wonderful even though most of them seem unfinished The gate to the Zoo at night
Berliner Rathaus. There are so many wide open spaces in this city. They're wonderful even though most of them seem unfinished
The gate to the Zoo at night
It was so cold that the river was frozen The entrance to the Pergamon Museum (formerly in East Berlin)
It was so cold that the river was frozen
The entrance to the Pergamon Museum (formerly in East Berlin)
The Pergamon museum's centerpiece is the Pergamon Altar, an original Greek temple The steps of the Pergamon Temple have neon lights on them
The Pergamon museum's centerpiece is the Pergamon Altar, an original Greek temple
The steps of the Pergamon Temple have neon lights on them
Old Military Hardware at the site of the former Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie The Berlin Wall
Old Military Hardware at the site of the former Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie
The Berlin Wall
Schloss Charlottenburg, completed in 1699. Just next door is the Egyptian Museum Gedächtniskirche
Schloss Charlottenburg, completed in 1699. Just next door is the Egyptian Museum
Gedächtniskirche
The top of the TV tower has disappeared in the winter mist Doorway in the city of Dresden
The top of the TV tower has disappeared in the winter mist
Doorway in the city of Dresden