is a controversial city. Sometimes it raises a lot of questions, sometimes it is shocking, admirable and disappointing at the same time. I will try to write truthfully - the city did not seem nice to me, and it is hardly ideal as well, but it was also very interesting.
Walking along its central streets had inspired my imagination. Attentive by-passers were transferred back in time by numerous poses from old photos.
Nowadays, Berlin looks very modern, and even like a boring city at times. But on the other hand, the past can be seen in every step.
Perhaps I should start with the fact that Berlin pleasantly surprised us with prices and a democratic approach to all its guests. Here, everyone can count on his small budget. Perhaps, only in this city among the biggest Western European capitals, one can easily find a nice room with breakfast and free parking for 20 Euros (as of 2015) per person, in walking distance from the city center. Here, you can also have a tasty snack, for example, in a kebab house of some Turks-owner for a very reasonable price.
There seemed to be a continuous construction process throughout the city. The city continues to change right before your eyes.
Having an almost 800-years-old history, Berlin got used to conquerors and destruction.
To our surprise, the First World War had hardly affected the life of the city. Global changes were made in Berlin with Hitler, who came to power. The capital of Germany was going to take a special place in his plans concerning the capture of the world. After all, this city was planned to become the center of a new world order.
A major reconstruction project of the city had begun. However, at an opportune moment, the summer Olympic Games were held in Berlin and global restructuring plans were not completed.
This is a 219 foot (67 meters) tall
with a statue of the goddess Victoria, which the Berliners still call "Golden Elsa".
We ascended to the very top, by foot, of the golden statue where a peculiar observation deck is equipped.
This observation deck offers, perhaps, the best panoramas of the city.
You start feeling the border of the past and the present.
The building of the well-known
can also be called an object that successfully combines the past and the present.
You can get inside free of charge, but only if you register in a line roughly three months before your trip. But even that does not save you from standing in long lines, as there are many people who wish to see this historical monument from the inside.
Then we went to another attraction in Berlin - The Brandenburg Gate. Here you can find the second part of this review.