The fact of German reunion and decision to make Berlin capital and move there all government and parliament from Bonn resulted in the age of prosperity for any construction services.
This section covers some of the stunning modern architecture examples that emerged in Berlin in the turn of the 20th and begining of 21st centuries. They have given the former historical and partly "conserved socialist skanzen" totally different and modern dimension. We loved this part - it blends the old with new in a very artistic way.
1 Reichstag (German Parliament seat) is in fact the oldest building in this area. All other surrounding dwellings are contemporary and amazing. I loved the concept of marrying old and new and bringing life to it. What helps is the promenade along river, green space in front of it and also the dome that allows overlooking the rest of the city. After you have queued for a bit of time. But the view is certainly worth waiting! I would suggest going there about up to 1 h before sunset (they remain open until 23h).
2 Reichstag (Parliament) is one of the landmarks and symbols Berlin. It was built in late 18th century in a traditional romantic style. Despite the fact it has lost its dome in 1933 and it was fairly destroyed during the World War II, 50 years later the German reunification gave sir Norman Foster a great opportunity when refurbishing and enlargening the Reichstag to house the Parlament that was to move from Bonn. Architectural contest allowed to equip Reichstag with dome again including something mainly for visitors. Fabulous glass dome was finished in 1999 and it welcomes visitors ever since, every day and for free!
3 This is great in Berlin - you can get inside this dome for free. It will only cost some of your time as the queue is usually quite long. It is perfect for photography at any time of the day or evening. And people strolling up and down the spiral create great views
4 Fairly new cathedral of transport - Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), the largest in Europe. This huge construction project since German reunification took 11 years (until May 2006) to build 420 metres long glass hall that accommodates 2 levels of trains that cross, and 3 other levels for shopping mall and connection. The winning architect is Meinhard von Gerkan from Hamburg. And the place is amazing both by day or by night. The play of light is unbelievable, people that meet and go, possibility to go anywhere in Europe...
5 Hauptbahnhof is amazing - 2 levels of trains that cross, vast space, the deepest station is over 20 m underground and everything functions smoothly, is shiny and new and amazing!
6 This is another extraordinary and a very moving place. Grey but changing field of concrete pillars that create silent wawes among which you can stroll, climb, remember and meditate. But it is not all, right under your feet there is a space - information centre on holocaust. If you wonder who can get your praise for design - it is New York based architect Peter Eisenmann.
7 There are 2711 concrete pillars in this Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The area covered is 18 000 square meters. Paths along and between pillars are not flat and they provide unexpected spatial beauties. It is just across the park from the Brandenburg Gate.
8 Church Memorial and remains of the original Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnichtskirche church in the Breitscheidplats viewed from a distance.
9 The remains of the original church were nicknamed as "hollow tooth" after the WWII and saved from demolition. It is in the Breitscheidplats, center of the former West Berlin, close to shoping centres. The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a symbol of Berlin's resolve to rebuild the city after the war and a constant reminder of the destruction of war. There was a new, concrete and glass octogonal structure designed by Egon Eiermann built in 1961.
10 Egon Eiremann built modern octogonal concrete structure with blue glass bricks as replacement for the original church but also a place to remember the destruction during the WWII. The shades of the lights inside the "blue church" are incredible.
11 New Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) was built in 2001, work of architects Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes. It was built on the occasion of the move of the government to Berlin. It is a very popular building, but it is nicknamed a washing machine due to circular windows.
12 Another modern building in the Government Quarter. It is administrative building of the Bundestag. The name of the building is “Band des Bundes“ (literally, the Band of the Federation) and consists of 900 m long buildings - Paul-Löbe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus.
14 Berlin is not by the sea but there are possibilities how to properly relax in the warm sand and enjoying the view on water. Though it does not have its tide, there are boats on it, you can drink some true summer cocktails and have a lay-back in totally laid back atmosphere. This beach was next to the Band des Bundes (just across the canal from the Central Train Station)
15 It was the time of the German Presidency of the EU Council as well as the 50th anniversary of the signature of the Rome Treaty - foundation of the currrent European Union in March 2007. At this occasion, there were many European Union exhibitions considering ideas that unite us Europeans in (our national) diversity.