It was sunny and fairly warm, so we stopped for a mid-day beverage in an outdoor café and then walked over for one more shot at getting into the law library. No dice. From here, we took the #200 bus over to the Mohrenstrasse stop to begin a bit of a walking tour. Heading south on Wilhelmstrasse, we paused at the former headquarters of the Luftwaffe, an example of Third Reich architecture. The building is totally lacking in humour and humanity and is now occupied by the German Ministry of Finance. Draw your own conclusions.
In the “dangling from bits of string” category, there was a tethered balloon ride across the street.
This no doubt provides amazing views of the city; I was kind of envious of the people up there with their cameras. At the same time, I was glad to have two feet safely on the ground, even if it meant having to dodge small flocks of segway riders.
The Topography of Terror was our main destination in this area. It is home to an outdoor exhibition, “Berlin 1933-1945: Between Propaganda and Terror,” which details how Hitler’s National so-called-but-not-in-any-way Socialist Party gained and then exercised power. [Web site: http://www.topographie.de/en/]
DH considered this stop to be a highlight of his time in Berlin; I was leaning more towards the point of view of a Trip Advisor reviewer who had commented, “Why not just buy a book?” The exhibition is essentially laid out like the pages of an illustrated book, and the indoor exhibition is similar in style.
Still, reading this material with the rubble of the former institutions of fascist terror visible in the background was a different experience from reading similar content at home. The exhibition is very well done, weaving individual stories into the larger narrative. It’s a reminder, really, that choices were made and Hitler’s rise was not inevitable.
The site is bordered by a long section of the wall, now crumbling.
I was crumbling a bit myself by this point; a holiday cold was starting to get the better of me.
Photo albums from some past cruises:
Celebrity Equinox, Ultimate Caribbean, November 30 2015
Celebrity Solstice, Alaska, May 1 2015
Celebrity Reflection, Eastern Mediterranean, May 12 2014
Celebrity Solstice, Pacific Coastal, May 5 2013
Celebrity Equinox, Ultimate Caribbbean, December 9 2013