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Old March 31st, 2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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BERLIN, August 2012

Last year in August I made my second trip to Berlin. First time I was there back in 2006 but just for 1 day. This time I spend 3 days there so I get a better understanding of the city and noticed much more of it's characteristics.

Berlin may not be the most beautiful of European large capitals but it is very liveable city - comfort is felt on every step. I will present some examples later with the pics.

If I previously thought that Berlin is mostly commieblocks+modern built-up, then this time I acknowledged how wrong I actually was. There are huge areas of perimetrical quarters which are or at least looks like historically built (pre-WW2).

I will start with some "obligate photos" of well-known symbols of the city and then later dive into more specific places and views.

Part 1: Berlin symbols

Berlin Dome, a place where Berliners () and citie's guests comes together and lay down on the grass square



Well, what's there to say... Maybe just the fact that it wasn't possible to get a "clean shot" of this very popular landmark as there as always many people around, even at night



Reichstag seen from vast, dark grass lawn which occupies the area before this historical and the new, nowadays parliament building of Germany (will post later)



My tourist brochure said that Berliners regards this twin church+opera house place to be the most beautiful in the city. Is it really true? It made me think that Berliners may be longing for Parisian-style cityscape and are looking to Paris as a role model for perfect beauty.



Charlottenburg palace - cute and colorful



Museum island with Bode museum and TV tower "growing out of it"

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Old April 1st, 2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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Great work, the night photos especially. I visited Berlin last year and found it one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Certainly a very positive experience indeed.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your Berlin photos!
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I like the clear and panoramic views of the buildings. Very well done.

I like the spaciousness and the long, wide streets. Berlin is unique and exciting.
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Great shots of my favourite city on the planet!
Keep em coming!
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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Great photos! In particular, I like the last one. Where did you stay in Berlin?
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7. Unter Den Linden - Berlin's Champs Elysees, Berlin's Gran Via



Part 2: Modern Berlin

Berlin's one of strongest association in my mind is related to modern architecture

8. Central station - when it was built back in 2006, I remember it was the largest station in Europe by total floor area. Don't know whether it isn't changed by now.



9. Of course, the amazing Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz... It was the place where I saw 3D cinema first time in my life - back in 2006. In Latvia, there was no 3D movies in cinemas back then and it seemed like a big deal.



10. Potsdamer Platz highrises



11. I thought that Galleries Lafayette is only in Paris, but no - it has branch in Berlin too.



12. Humboldt Box - don't ask me what this weird new structure really is, I didn't managed to understand there and have been too lazy to find info about it



13. Another interesting weirdo in central area



14. Just a common glass&steel

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Great photos! In particular, I like the last one. Where did you stay in Berlin?
Hi, thanks!

I stayed in a nice non-expensive but good hotel called Alecsa, located in far western suburbs of Berlin.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #10
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Berlin is really awesome! Nice photos
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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:31 PM   #11
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Awesome, very nice photos from Berlin @Vecais Sakarnis
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Very nice photos. I was there in January - it was so cooold. Next time I have to go in the summer!
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Nice pictures, some additions by me.

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7. Unter Den Linden - Berlin's Champs Elysees, Berlin's Gran Via
This is the "Straße des 17. Juni" seen from east to west. The statue in the front is called "Der Rufer" (lit. The Caller). A replica of Gerhard Marcks statue which stands in Bremen. On the base is written a quotation of the italian poem Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374): "Ich gehe durch die Welt und rufe Friede, Friede, Friede." (Trans. "I walk through the world and shout peace, peace, peace.")
Unter den Linden begins beyond the Brandenburger Tor and goes from Pariser Platz towards Schlossbrücke and Schlossplatz.

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12. Humboldt Box - don't ask me what this weird new structure really is, I didn't managed to understand there and have been too lazy to find info about it
The Humboldt Box is a temporary building of the "Förderverein Berliner Schloss". It is used as a information point for the reconstruction of the Stadtschloss (city castle) next to it as a "Humboldt Forum". It was damage in war and torn down by the communists in 1950. There is also a restaurant in it. The box will be removed after the Stadtschloss has been finished.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #15
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gorgeous, Berlin has its own distinct character as a city.
those modern crapers are really quite impressive.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 10:47 PM   #16
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15. Berlin's infrastructure is wonderful, the trains are going through the city everywhere but they are integrated in the urban structure so perfectly that they doesn't disturb neither traffic, nor landscape



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17. Berlin's Technicmuseum, we will return there later



18. This is some exhibition hall, apparently.



19. This picture illustrates how modernity lives together with Berlin's efforts to create some historical resemblances in it too, even if it's just street signs and lanterns

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Such a great city! I was only there for a weekend years ago but I would love to go back. Nice photography, thanks for sharing.
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Ich liebe diese wunderschöne Stadt und diese fantastische pix mäte!
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Sweet. The photos are very crisp and clear!
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nice new thread for Berlin, thanks for the awesome photos.
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