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Aqua Dom Sealife
Aqua Dom Sealife
#About Berlin’s Cylinder Shaped Aquarium

Across Europe there are quite a few aquariums, and Berlin also has one to boast for - the Aqua Dom Sealife. It was completed in 2004 and cost 12.8 million euros to build.

Come on and see more than 5,000 marine animals and creatures that are here: sharks, octopuses, seahorses and more, coming from Lake Constance, from the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. They are found in more than 35 displays that simulate the animal’s natural environment.

Arrive at the central elevator at the aquarium, which is a large cylinder, reaching the height of 25 meters, and has millions of liters of water. Tourists enter the aquarium through a transparent elevator, so that hundreds of fish from all species will surround the elevator from all sides.

The visit is perfect for a trip with children, and of course also for a winter visit (because the facility is indoors). Enter the maze of mirrors, see the interactive pool of rocks, and see the different changing exhibits. If you schedule your visit according to the feeding schedule (listed on the website) you can take a part in that activity.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GedfLvThWN8
Wilmersdorfer Eisstadion
Wilmersdorfer Eisstadion
#About Berlin's Frozen Stadium

Berlin's Ice Stadium (Wilmersdorfer Eisstadion) is a perfect attraction for the snowy days of the year. Beyond the main stadium, which is really a huge skating rink, there are three large playgrounds, an awesome tennis court, a sports hall and more. The stadium can sit up to 4,000 people.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nXmBGlE6QIg


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/SU4n0OC4awg
Legoland Discovery Centre
Legoland Discovery Centre
#About Berlin’s Lego Kingdom

Who among us doesn’t love the playful pieces of Lego? It speaks to everyone in the same language – kids and adults alike. Children’s creativity will stand the test here, and adults will find themselves returning to their childhood days.

Legoland, the Lego Company’s center, is located at the Sony Center, and it includes a long list of activities. It is perfect for a trip with the kids, and of course most relevant during chilly days. At Legoland you will find activity booths, different rides that will put you face to face with different shapes and figures built with Legos.

At Legoland are a few interesting attractions: a small roller roaster, Miniland – where famous sites and buildings are built here, Gymboree for smaller children, a 4D movie theater, and a pink princess area. Don’t forget to see the huge giraffe made of Legos at the entrance.

If you want to take advantage of the opportunity and fill up on your Lego supply, this would be the perfect time. Here you can buy Legos in all shapes, colors and sizes.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf24HO5JXX8
Fernsehturm
Fernsehturm
#About the "Television Tower," the Tall Tower that Became a Symbol of Berlin During the Cold War

The extreme height and special shape of the TV tower, the "Fernsehturm," will not allow anyone to ignore its presence. It reaches a height of 368 meters, and this is why the tower can bee seen above the city buildings, and has become a local symbol.

It is built as a long, narrow concrete column, above which lies a huge steel ball with seven floors in it. Above the ball is a thin antenna that completes the unique shape of this tower.

The construction of the TV tower was completed in 1969. Its aim was to convey a clear message - a symbol of the power of the Communist government, and to further the differentiation between East Berlin from West Berlin.

The fast elevator will bring you in 15 seconds straight to huge glass windows that will provide a spectacular view of the city, at a height of 204 meters. Tourists can also indulge themseles at the revolving restaurant (it completes a full rotation every 20 minutes), enjoy a good meal with a spectacular view at an altitude of 207 meters above ground. Both the vantage point and the restaurant can be seen up to 40 kilometers away on a clear day with good visibility.

The tower is located at Alexanderplatz Square, which is located in the area of former ​​East Berlin. It is a popular attraction among tourists.



#About the Pope's Revenge Against the Communist Regime

Across of the well-known TV tower of East Berlin, a building was built in West Berlin in the same time period, the Radio Tower, reaching the height of 55 meters. A restaurant and observation deck were built at the top. The West Berliners saw this building as a counterweight to the TV tower on the eastern side of the city. This was their consolation for the painful split imposed on them by the Soviet Union and the Communist regime on the other side.

Really interesting was the cross created by sunlight onto the Radio Tower. Just when the East German Communist regime closed the churches and forbade Christianity to show itself (Communism saw religion as "opium for the masses"), the Radio Tower brought a metaphorical image. This was because without being planned, the cross was created by the sunlight hitting the tower, standing out for everyone to see.

Was God's hand involved in this? - It is not clear. But one way or the other, the cross on the high Radio Tower all over East Berlin seemed to form what was then called the "Revenge of the Pope."

#Tips:
If you buy tickets in advance for the entrance you can avoid standing in the tiresome.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4Ede6aC-UA

Attractions for Children in Berlin

Sony Center
Sony Center
#About the Futuristic and Tourist Shopping Attraction

The Sony Center, the huge glass and steel building at Potsdam Square, is a futuristic tourist attraction for shopping. A few thousand tons of steel and glass were installed here (some of the glass panels are actually electric solar panels). The glass and steel, who shine bright during the day, make this building quite remarkable. During the evening hours the building is lit up with many different color lights.

The building is built on 132,500 square meters and contains a huge amount of stores and offices, a hotel and conference center, movie theater and an impressive film history museum.

The building was designed by architect Helmut Jahn in 2002, and was built for the price of 750 million euros, and it is not difficult to imagine which company it was built...for Sony of course. In 2008 the center was sold for 600 million Euros to investors.

Before World War II the square was a trading area full of people and cars. With the bombings over Berlin, almost the entire area was destroyed. Because of its proximity to the Berlin Wall, the square was abandoned, and only after the Berlin Wall was taken down was the square reopened.

By the way, your kids would be really thankful if you would take them to the Legoland Discovery Center.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61_FIiuaTwI
Olympiastadion Berlin
Berlin Olympic Stadium
#About the Stadium Constructed by the Nazis for the Olympics

The Berlin Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion Berlin), part of Berlin's Olympic Complex, is considered an example of the Nazi era architecture and landscape design. It is located in western Berlin, in a quarter once called Ruhleben and today included in the district of Charlottenburg.

The Olympic stadium was built by the Nazis, in preparation for the 1936 Olympic Games. Like the entire complex, the construction and design served first and foremost Hitler's Nazi propaganda. To this day, there are many sculptures around the stadium and the complex in the spirit of Nazi art, both in the stadium and throughout the compound. They can be identified in their typical swollen style. Despite their particular historical interest, the sculptures have no artistic value whatsoever.

After the Olympic stadium was renovated in the early 2000’s, it hosted the 2006 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup finals.

The sheer size of the stadium is clear to the observer. It is 300 meters long and 225 meters wide. Berlin's impressive Olympic Stadium can today accommodate no less than 74,228 fans!

During the games, 5,000 light bulbs installed in the modern stadium light up and brighten the place in a variety of colors and lights.
In the compound right next to the stadium, there is also the German Sports Forum, and next to it is the ‘May Field’ Square, where a bell tower stands, which also houses the Landmark Hall. At the end of the route is the entertainment facility "Forest Stage."

For soccer fans, this stadium is must see. Here many soccer matches take place, many of which by the Herta Berlin group, whose home field is here. The Berlin Olympic Stadium also hosts important and significant athletics competitions. Aside from sports events, there are quite a few performances and concerts of famous bands and singers from around the world.

Many come to the compound to tour it. At the visitors' center of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, one can join guided tours, or take independent tours of the stadium. Tourists are mostly impressed by the size, strength and beauty of the renovated stadium and finally, there’s always the souvenir shop to walk around as well.



#Historical Sport Moments

An experience for sports enthusiasts, but not only for them. For sports, soccer or athletics fans, visiting the Olympic Stadium in Berlin will be a real experience. Even those who are less interesting in sports.

The Berlin Olympic Stadium was set up for the 1936 Olympic Games when the Nazi regime wanted to show off its power and capabilities in sports as well. In this Olympics, to the dismay of the Nazi enemy Hitler, an African American runner named Jesse Owens won the 100-meter race. The Nazi oppressor was very unhappy with the win and left the field before handing out the medals. Since then many events have occurred here, and many competitions have taken place.

In 2009, the world championship in athletics was held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, where a world record of the 100-meters race was set by Usain Bolt. The competitions in the stadium continue and never stop for a moment, including the soccer Champions League in 2015.



# The Architecture of the Stadium

The observers of the Olympic Stadium of Berlin (Olympiastadion Berlin) from afar can see that its shape resembles the appearance of an open oyster. Those sitting inside the stadium see the upper part of the large open oyster, its color changing according to the color of the sky.
The shape of the stadium is elliptical, with the bright green soccer field in the middle and the blue running track circling its perimeter. The entire stadium is covered with a glass roof, which opens up to have is edges precisely above the running track and presents a beautiful frame to the open sky.

On the ground, around the shape of the oyster, sits a huge crowd that comes to the games, concerts and shows held at the stadium.
On the outside stands a huge old oak tree over 200 years old. This is "Podbielski Oak Tree", named after a German from Prussia, who donated greatly to sports in Germany


A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmS_OuJW084
Computerspielemuseum
Computerspiele Museum
#About the Museum for Computer Enthusiasts and Computer Games

The Museum of Computer Games in Berlin (Computerspielemuseum) had two periods. It was first opened in 1997 and operated for 3 years. It then became an online museum only and reopened in 2011 in Berlin's Friedrichshain neighborhood. It is relatively small and not very well known in the city, but a great place to spend time with the children.

This museum holds a permanent exhibition of interactive digital culture. A total of 30 international exhibitions have been held here, and today it holds one of Europe's largest collections of software and entertainment hardware (computer games). More than 300 interactive exhibits present the history of computer games, with more than 300 consoles and computer systems, 10,000 magazines, books, art objects and videos.

In 2011 an exhibition was opened, teaching about the development of computer games in the 21st century. 300 exhibits spread over 670 square meters. The exhibition focuses on the techniques of the game as well as the results of digitalization socially and individually.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EKCoSjJ6o
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie
#About the Place that Symbolized the Cold War

Checkpoint Charlie is located in the center of Berlin, and was the main crossing point between East and West Berlin. And so, during the end of the Cold War the decision was made to keep the checkpoint, including the armed guards who stand in front, with piles of sand bags laying around.

The point is located at one of the main streets in Berlin, Frederick Street (Friedrichstraße in German). From here it tells the historic story of the Berlin Wall and the divided Berlin city.

Today Checkpoint Charlie is a tourist destination, but while the Berlin Wall still stood, it was one of the main tension points between East and West Berlin. During the Cold War era there were many of escape attempts into West Berlin, some through Checkpoint Charlie. Most of these attempts failed, many times ended with the escapee’s death, only every so often a successful escape.

Who is Charlie you might ask? Charlie, as some might think, is not a person that this checkpoint was name after. Charlie is the word that stands for the letter ‘C,’ meaning the number 3 in military terms.



#About Checkpoint Charlie for Tourists

The crossing point Checkpoint Charlie is considered one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Along the street are many stores, souvenirs shops, cafes and restaurants, but tourists prefer the checkpoint.

When arriving at the location of Checkpoint Charlie, one sees a small shack in the middle of the street, in front of which are soldiers standing still, actors of course, dressed in an army uniform and big flags waving nearby. The soldiers offer tourists to take photos with them, for a small donation. Around the shack, as if the Cold War has not ended, are placed many sandbags…these show the military tension that used to haunt the spot, between the soldiers of East Berlin and the soldiers of West Berlin. There is also a stand here for passport controls, and permits into East Berlin. This place used to cost some people their lives, today, “only” 5 euros will get you a permit.



#About the Person who Ran to Freedom at Checkpoint Charlie

His name was Conrad Schumann, and he was the first person to cross the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Berlin. Schumann, a part of the East Berlin police force, saw the injustice that the Berlin Wall division created. Especially horrifying to Schumann was a situation he observed, where a small girl from West Berlin, while visiting her grandmother in East Berlin, was not allowed to cross back at the end of her visit. With his own eyes he saw the girl’s parents begging, the crying girl, and the soldiers ordering the girl to go back to her home, on the East side of the city…

After receiving an order from his officers to shoot to death anyone trying to escape to West Berlin, Conrad Schumann decided to abandon East Berlin and escape to the West himself. He did this by bravely jumping above the barbed wire wall, which he was supposed stop others from doing. And in one second he was free.

What is incredible, is that during that jump he was photographed on his way to freedom. The picture of him jumping at Checkpoint Charlie turned into a propaganda sensation. In the battle between the Communists and the Liberals in divided Germany at the time, this picture was like the golden egg of propaganda. “East German soldiers are themselves trying to escape” – the politicians from the West would declare again and again. They had no idea how right there were. The Easter Berliners all felt as if they were in one last prisoner’s camp.

Schumann did not see himself as a hero. At interviews he repeated that again and again. He met a young lady in Germany and married her, found a job and ran a normal life. But life in the West was not easy also, which can be judged by the fact that in 1990 Schumann committed suicide.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxRjIXUubMw


Tiergarten
Tiergarten Park
#About Berlin's Green Lung

Tiergarten Park is the largest and most central park of Berlin. In the center there is a lake, and also the Berlin Zoo, the largest zoo in Europe.
It lies south of the Spree River, and to the east is the Brandenburg Gate. You can find a few pleasant hours to spend and relax here. Between the lawns, the groves and the small lakes you can stroll and meet the statues of the greatest Germans throughout the ages.

The Tiergarten Park is probably Berlin's "sun terrace." During warm days, many Berliners and tourists love to come to the lawns. They spread a towel on the grass and sun tan.

On the western side of the park you can join the nudists, who tan here naked, without any clothes.

Cinema fans may be surprised to discover the Berlin Victory Column in the center of the park, also known as the Angels' Home from the film by German director Wim Wenders, "Angels in the Sky of Berlin."



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/VbhB22CS2kU


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