(Please read our Covid 19 Statement first - Ed) Forty years ago, I could be shot for standing on the spot where I'm at this morning. Today, it's a bit more innocuous with the McDonalds nearby, the 'Wall" museum, a replica of Checkpoint Charlie in the street median where actors in military garb will pose with you for three Euros, and a sandy beach bar on former No Man's Land behind the leftover segments of the wall that for three decades served as a focal point of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.
The audio tour tells us as we go up about the wall, the Brandenberg Gate, how all the trees in the Tiergarten were cut down for firewood after the war and all the trees we see now only date back to the 1960's. There's a solar panel that moves with the sun that shades the legislators working below.
It's all very interesting and fits in the budget...it's free. You just need to make a reservation ahead of time on their website. It's one of the more spectacular buildings in Berlin.
Barely wheelchair accessible, it's a maze into the dark depths of the absolute depravity of the Nazi's view of the world. You start out with short, knee-high blocks and slowly descend until they're over your head and completely obliterate the city around you. It's a descent into darkness that you won't forget and an amazing effect.
Next, we amble down the block. Past the t-shirt and doner kabab stands to a little, unremarkable parking lot.
It's here that the nexus of evil in this world came to a gruesome end. For years, no one wanted to mark this site but such an important and infamous site couldn't be hid forever. It took until just a few years ago that the government finally decided to put up a rather plain little sign saying what the significance of this site is.
Under this parking lot, somewhere near the 5 mph speed limit sign, one of the most evil persons every to walk the face of the earth...Adolph Hitler...took his own life in his underground bunker as Soviet troops drew near.
The little grassy spot behind the sign, next to a couple of empty parking spots, is where his cronies attempted to burn his body.
This rather plain (and purposely so) parking lot is where the Third Reich met it's ignominious end.
That's probably enough for this post, we'll catch you up on this tour on the next installment.
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Photos by Letty Musick
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