24.10.2005 50 °C
Today, surprisingly I woke up in Berlin ready to hit the streets, but not after a good breakfast in the hostel and after plotting the places to visit on the map for today.
The plan was to pay a visit to the following:
• Charlie Checkpoint
• The parliament dome (Reichstag)
• Bauhaus Archives
• The Sony Center
• Music Instrument Museum
Charlie checkpoint thankfully is about a mile away from the hostel. The check point was just an entrance where you could get access to either West and East side of Berlin during the cold war. Right across the check point is the Berlin wall museum, where a bunch of artifacts from the era are found, including home made vehicles that helped escape some easterners from the GDR guards during the cold war.
A block away a good portion of the Berlin wall is still intact along with an onsite museum, still is there to show the world what not repeat.
The parliament dome is steel-glass structure located right above the parliament. The contrast between the old parliament the modern structure serves a futurist view from what Berliners and the country head to. Is an impressive work of arquitecture, once I got inside was like going to the core of a nuclear plant, very impressive. Also, the view from the top is nice.
The Bauhaus museum is predominately a design an arquitecture museum where there are works from when the school of design was still open during the early 1900’s. It shows work from Walter Gropius (the founder) chairs from Marcel Breur, Kandisky among other professors and students.
Then on my way back home I stopped at the Sony center. The Sony center is Sony’s European headquarters. Also, there are restaurants and an IMAX movie theater.
The buildings that surround the Sony center is covered by a huge sort of steel and glass “parachute” (that’s the way to describe it) the pretty much covers the whole plaza and provides a high tech image.
Later I quickly stopped a the instrument museum I just took a quick look, since music isn’t my favorite subject.
Well, tomorrow my plan is to vi the sit Pergamon museum and the Vitra design museum.
See ya next time.