Since I didn't have much daylight left, I hopped the subway to Alexanderplatz, on the eastern end of Unter den Linden, one of the main drags in the city. This will mostly be a photo post, as it was all outdoor time here. To the left is the giant TV tower you see dominate Alexanderplatz...I'll post more on it later once I get a chance to visit.
Just to the southeast is the Fountain of Neptune. It doesn't flow in the winter, but it's still photo-worthy (see below).
|Fountain of Neptune|
Passing a number of museums and embassies heading down Unter den Linden towards the Brandenberg Gate, one passes the statue of Frederick the Great, one of the objects of my historical fascination. He was the model of the enlightened despot, greatly increasing centralization of power in Prussia in the 1700's, performing brilliantly as a military man, and all the while hanging around with Voltaire and bringing culture to the realm. The statue here was removed in 1950 with Germans looking to make a full break with their imperial past to repent for their actions in World War II. Fortunately, the statue was brought back in 1980 and now sits in the middle of the great boulevard.
On the east side is the Pariser Platz (shown), and the other side is the 13th of March Platz, commemorating the European-wide revolutions of 1848 when in Prussia, an uprising led to the king being forced to agree to numerous democratic reforms. These were later mostly taken back, but it was the start of something.
Just south of the Gate is the Jewish Memorial, which I believe was completed only in the last few years. It contains 2100+ steles like the ones shown here - there's no magic to the number, it's just how many would fit in the area they had to work with.