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[TRAVEL PHOTOS] The emotions visiting (the history of) Berlin 

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Of course Berlin, the once divided city in the eastern part of Germany, has a lot of history – some of it not so good.

The Berlin Wall and the Third Reich are two things that come to mind and thankfully the city has created local sites where tourists or really anyone can go and remind themselves of some of those terrible things that have happened in years past.

At a  public open air exhibit called  Topographie of Terror people can take a step back and read the history and view   photos of the time period between 1933 to 1945. The Nazi government institutions once stood on these grounds. Interestingly, the Berlin Wall, which was built many years  later, is right there as well.

The wall was built in the 1960s and it fell in 1989. In all, 136 people lost their lives due to wall-related incidents. Along the stretch of where the wall used to stand  some individual memorial sites for some of those victims exists.

This part of the wall below is still standing and is now a  protected monument. As you can see I took a shortened panoramic photo of the wall. Some others were taking smiling selfie’s or smiling portraits. Should we be smiling in front of such a infamous monument? Of course, to a degree that’s up to everybody to decide on their own as they are documenting their own stories and experiences. For me I didn’t even see the need to take a picture of the wall and me.

It was quite chilling to read the history again and just imagine what it was like to have a divided city. There’s some graffiti on the wall including one piece that read “why?” That’s exactly right! Why do we do bad things to each other?

Today, I couldn’t really  tell whether I was in the former East Berlin or the former West Berlin.  I think I spent most of my time in the former east part on Day 1 of my four-day trip but I’m not exactly sure.

Checkpoint Charlie

Walking through history was a good remembrance of those events. It’s just not a feeling that can be re-created without walking in the actual locations.

If you might recall I grew up in Düsseldorf, which is in western Germany, and I remember when the wall fell in 1989. On TV I saw people crossing in their traditional Trabi cars. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

I have to say to whomever made sure that the history is being documented and displayed throughout Berlin five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I spent  a few hours walking around, exploring, reading and reflecting. I could’ve spent a few more hours for sure.

In conclusion, past stories impact our current stories and if you have a chance to visit historical sites and remember what has happened and also learn more about it I would highly recommend it.

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Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph 319-389-9853

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