Tourist attractions & miscellaneous
Detail of the last picture (I)
Detail of the last picture (II) The left picture, from 1961, seems to depict a soldier stepping on the barbed wire, thus...
Detail of the last picture (II)
...making his way free to flee(???). On the left the history over the years 1961-1990 is portrayed. Highly dramatic.
Straße ‘The courtyard in the Strelitzer Straße 55 marked the end of a 140-m-lomg escape tunnel which young West Berliners, most of them students who had fled the GDR (DDR, ed.), had begun to dig under the wall and the border fortifications on 10 April 1964. The exit from the tunnel on the West Berlin side was in the cellar of a disused bakery at Bernauer Straße 47.
Fifty-seven (57) people succeeded in reaching West Berlin in the night of 3 to 4 October 1964. An informer betrayed the escape plan to the State Secucurity of the GDR in the night of 5 October. The entrance to the tunnel was discovered. The 21-year old border guard Egon Schultz suffered fatal injuries…’ (etc). For the full story read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egon_Schultz.
Our next subject of interest, for this time that is, was the Schloss Charlottenburg (Palace Charlottenburg), named after Sophie Charlotte von Hannover (1668 – 1705). She was the first Queen consort of Prussia and the wife of King Friedrich I. We visited the inside of the old part of the palace and thought it to be highly interesting and stunningly beautiful. When walking around we discovered that one has to pay extra to be allowed to make pictures. So we didn’t. For more about this interesting palace and its history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlottenburg_Palace.
Everywhere inside one sees the initials SC. She died of pneumonia when only 36 years of age. Read about her using this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Charlotte_of_Hanover. She was a real remarkable woman! The statue, in front of the palace, depicts Friedrich Wilhelm I. (1688 – 1740). He was the son of both parents as described with the picture before this one and became known as ‘the soldier-king’. It’s just too much to go into detail, so there we go again: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_William_I_of_Prussia.
The 2018 FIFA Worldcup to end with now. The Straße des 17. Juni, between the Siegessäule (Victory column) and the Brandenburger Tor was renamed ‘Fanmeile’, a pun based on the English expressions/words ‘fanmail’ and ‘mile’ – at least that’s what we concluded. There were (at least?) five huge screens...
...grandstands, numbered places, food- and drink-kiosks – you name it. Totally unexpected the German team had to go home after the preliminaries. Links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straße_des_17._Juni and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Victory_Column.
We’ve read about it before; tradesmen organise events or buy stuff hoping they can make some profit, based upon the success of the national (football)team. Well, the bowl-bar probably has to get rid of its perishable...
...goods, the ‘fanparaphernalia’-shop admittedly is not going to realise huge winnings but can, at least, store its goods pending the next opportunity. (Changing the national colours is not likely…) That was Berlin. For now.
Mooi hoor al die foto’s. Zorgt er voor dat ik daar ook wel heen wil met m’n mannen
Diny & Simon
Dank je wel! Ja, 't is zeker de moeite waard.
Mooie foto’s van een stad met een grote geschiedenis. Wij zijn er 2 keer geweest. Een keer voor de geschiedenis en wegens tijdgebrek nog een keer voor de terrasjes en de winkels.
Diny & Simon
Misschien, wie weet, volgend jaar wéér... Dan inclusief 't merengebied in Mecklenburg.