Germany – July 9

 

Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral


 
The National Gallery built in 1866.

The National Gallery built in 1866.


 
The American Embassy located right next to the Brandenburg Gate.

The American Embassy located right next to the Brandenburg Gate.


 
The famous Hotel Aldon.  This is the place where Michael Jackson held his infant son over the balcony.  This is directly across from the Brandenburg gate.

The famous Hotel Aldon. This is the place where Michael Jackson held his infant son over the balcony. This is directly across from the Brandenburg gate.


 
Checkpoint Charlie.  The beginning of the American Sector of Berlin during the Cold War.

Checkpoint Charlie. The beginning of the American Sector of Berlin during the Cold War.


 
Another view of Checkpoint Charlie.  Notice the McDonalds in the background!

Another view of Checkpoint Charlie. Notice the McDonalds in the background!


 
Remains of the Berlin Wall that divided Germany.  This still stands as a reminder of what was and can never be again.  This wall divided Germany for 28 years.

Remains of the Berlin Wall that divided Germany. This still stands as a reminder of what was and can never be again. This wall divided Germany for 28 years.


 
The Gestapo headquarters, ironically located behind the Berlin Wall.

The Gestapo headquarters, ironically located behind the Berlin Wall.


 
This day started with a bus tour of Berlin.
 
The city is much larger than any of us expected. The city is based in German history rather than the Lutheran Reformation. We were able to stop and get off the bus to see the largest intact portion of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and the new Holocaust Memorial.
 
Other highlights of the city were the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Cathedral, the Charlottenburg Palace, the United States Embassy, and the infamous hotel in which Michael Jackson held his infant son over the balcony. In addition, we saw the Gestapo Headquarters and the torture chambers where thousands of Jews were killed.