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A Visit to Berlin’s famous Reichstag (Reichstagsgebäude)

01 Reichstag exterior

A Brief History of the Reichstag

When Germany first unified in the late 19th century, the need for a parliament building was apparent and a competition for the best design was held.  The winning entry for the Reichstag building was from Paul Wallot (there were 183 entries), and his beautifully designed building was completed in 1894.  It featured a neo-renaissance style with a grand classic entrance including columns and a broad staircase.  There was a crown atop of the building’s steel dome.  The famous inscription, ‘Dem Deutschen Volke’ (To the German People), was added in 1916 by Emperor William II.

The building was severely damaged by a fire in 1933, seen as an opportunity Hitler who used the incident to blame the …

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“Pic of the Week”, January 1, 2015: DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum, Berlin

09 Drive VW Forum

Despite some bad publicity recently, the Volkswagen company owns some very impressive car labels.  There’s much, much more to the company in the 21st century than the famous “beetle” — the people’s car — that drove its success in the 20th century.

When visiting Berlin a few months back, my brother and I walked down “Unter den Linden”, one of the city’s famous streets.  The street is a wide boulevard known for its lovely linden trees.  Apparently Hitler wanted to use the street for Nazi parades so he cut down all the linden trees and put up Nazi flags in their place.  The people protested and, in one of the few compromises Der Fuhrer ever made, replanted the trees.  They are …

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“Pic of the Week”, October 23, 2015: Oktoberfest, Alexanderplatz

05 Oktoberfest Alexanderplatz

Oktoberfest is an annual 16 day folk festival that runs from mid-September to the first weekend in October.  The largest gathering is in Munich, Germany, which is attended by more then six million people (who consume more than six million liters of beer).  It’s a beloved German tradition and has had been held for more than 200 years.  Other cities around Germany and the rest of the world have similar (albeit smaller) Oktoberfest celebrations.

My brother and I were in Berlin a few weeks ago and wandered through an Oktoberfest celebration in Alexanderplatz, in the former East Berlin region.  There was a band playing traditional music, and hundreds of people were enjoying a nice fall day, the company of their friends, …

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