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Report - Rooftopping the Reichstag! Berlin - January '13

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Xan_Asmodi, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    I know this is quite touristy, but I thought you guys would like to see Berlin from a different angle. A bit of history...

    In 1882, an architectural contest was held, with 200 architects participating. The winner, the Frankfurt architect Paul Wallot, would see his Neo-Baroque project executed as what we know as the Reichstag. The original building was acclaimed for the construction of an original cupola of steel and glass, considered an engineering feat at the time. But its mixture of architectural styles drew widespread criticism. In 1916 the iconic words Dem Deutschen Volke ("[To] the German people") were carved above the main façade of the building, much to the displeasure of Wilhelm II who had tried to block the adding of the inscription for its democratic significance.

    On 27 February 1933, The building caught fire the circumstances of which are still not entirely known. During the 12 years of National Socialist rule, the Reichstag building was not used for parliamentary sessions. Instead, the few times where the Reichstag convened at all, it did so in the Krolloper building, a former opera house opposite the Reichstag building. The building - which was unusable after the fire - was instead used for propaganda presentations and, during World War II, for military purposes. It was also considered for conversion to a flak tower but was found to be structurally unsuitable. The building, having never been fully repaired since the fire, was further damaged by air raids. During the Battle of Berlin in 1945, it became one of the central targets for the Red Army to capture due to its perceived symbolic significance.


    The main chamber.

    and the dome

    The mirrors inside the dome cast light into the chamber below

    The Chamber

    Looking east towards the station Berlin Friedrichstraße Station, particularly interesting because of it's cold war history. In the photo you can also the East German icon the TV Turm, or TV Tower the tallest building in Germany.

    The new Bundeskanzleramt, or German Chancellery building

    The Carillon Tower in Berlin-Tiergarten and the Victory Column in Tiergarten

    Looking over the Großer Tiergarten to the Charlottenburg district, the old centre of the Western half..

    Looking towards the Postdamer Platz. The large bright building is the Sony Centre.

    And finally, visible from the South East corner of the building, The Brandenburger Tor, or the Brandenburg Gate.

    That concludes our virtual tour of Berlin's skyline as seen from the Reichstag. As I said, I know it's touristy and undoubtedly there are other people on here who have made the effort to get up too, but I've never seen it here. So here it is.


    Auf wiedersehen for now, my holiday isn't finished yet and I have some actual exploring to do tomorrow; watch this space!
    #1 Xan_Asmodi, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013

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