On our second day, we decided to explore the capital and see all the highlights there is to discover. Berlin is a very cultural city with a rich history. One of the strongest and famous place to see is of course, the Berlin Wall – or what’s left of it, anyway.
Topography of Terror
It is hard to imagine than only 30 years before, people in Berlin and in Germany were leaving completely separated. So many families have been destroyed and cut off for political reasons. It is also no coincidence that they built the Topography of Terror Museum right next to it. This stands as a memory site for the Nazi’s massacres and terror regime. In one place, you can find 60 years of conflicted history, from the Nazi regime until the USSR domination.
Like all the memorial places of massacres in History, there is a heavy atmosphere when you enter. Everything is white, cold, silent. Knowing that the site was built exactly on previous SS/Gestapo headquarters doesn’t help either. In this indoor museum, there a few stands exhibiting all the Nazi regime History, per periods and countries. It took us a bit more than 2 hours to read and have a close look at all the information of the exhibition; there are a few multimedia objects as well like radio recordings from then and other objects that belonged to this period. This is really a must-see if you are in Berlin (and even if you’re much into museums).
It was then time to light up the mood and head to the famous restaurant we booked for lunch, Tim Raue (full article to come soon).
The restaurant being just in front of another highlight point of the city, we crossed the street and went to check the Checkpoint Charlie. It is now a total touristic attraction where you can picture soldiers and stamp your passports with all the authorities that used to control this area (American, USSR, French and Britain).
Enough History for the day! We were ready for something totally extreme to this and we decided to visit the Madame Tussauds. We have done it in London already and we had so much fun taking pictures and looking at all the wax figures that we thought it could be a great idea to do it in Berlin also. Let me tell you that, although we enjoyed it, the Berlin Madame Tussauds compares in nothing to the London one ! It is much smaller, and if it took us around 3 hours for London, we finished this one in around 45 minutes. I was surprised they don’t cost the same – after the visit, I understood why!