August 6, 2010. We started the day learning about Germany’s foreign relations initiatives from a spokesperson at the German Foreign Ministry. Later, we went on a private group tour of the Reichstag, a building with an incredible history. It is where the German Parliament convenes today. Angela Merkel occupies one of the purple-blue seats in the front just below the eagle in the pictures of the parliament chamber below.
The Reichstag is easily one of the world’s most stunning buildings, both symbolically and architecturally. Its interior had to be completely rebuilt after the country’s reunification. Art from many countries, including America and France, commemorate both dark and prosperous periods in it’s history. A new, large glass dome atop the Reichstag provides visitors with excellent views of the city in all directions.
During the day, we took a walking tour courtesy of the free iPhone app, City Walks. It took us from Bebelplatz and the Deutscher Dom to the Museum of Terror and Checkpoint Charlie. On the way, we also took in the Jüdisches Museum for a few hours. We all wondered about the meaning of the Superman sculpture by the entrance.
Nightlife in Alexanderplatz: Edited to avoid boredom. We did walk about 15 zillion miles that day.