My first trip was in 1992 when we want to Berlin using our first class Eurailpass train ticket. We went to bed in Amsterdam and we woke-up in Berlin at six am, flying the rails. We took the bus and we went to see what it was left of the famous Berlin wall. This was a short while after the fall of the famous wall.
We crossed the famous Brandenburger gate and there was a lonely piece of the wall left. When I saw it, I became quite excited and started hammering at it right away to try to chip away some pieces. My wife saw the sign to not touch the wall but it was too late. Almost at the same moment the police were driving by. It was a close call but it was somewhat unintentional. I was happy that my pockets were full of valuable pieces. I heard that some little stones were paying up to $20.00 each.
In East Berlin the socialist presence was still present, beside the Berlin wall, we saw statues in a park of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the fathers of communism. There was also some graffiti venting the virtues of the west.
In front of the medieval Marienkirche (St Mary’s Church) church there is a statue of Martin Luther holding the bible. This church is quite interesting. They finished building it in the 14th century.
The omni present television tower reminded us that we were in modern times. The locals call it Telespargel, or toothpick. Some people also think it is an eyesore. It has the distinction of being the second-tallest structure of Europe. It has a big ball three quarters of the way.
We saw also the famous Gedachtniskirche church or what is left of it. It was partly bombed during World War2, they removed the debris and built a hexagonal bell tower in its place . Tara had her picture taken in front of it, one of Berlin’s most recognizable monuments.
Another monument we saw was the Victory column built in 1873 to commemorate past war victories of the Germans.
Next day we made our way to Luzerne Switzerland and we said goodbye to this historical town. We made our way Italy.