Ok, this district is the more important and well-known “touristicaly”-speaking, because it is the true center of the city and the main place for museums.
I will split it in two because there is also a quarter of it which is more artistic/hipster-ish and cool, at the North of it, in the old jewish area: it will be the object of the next post!
So, the center properly speaking, with a few touristic spots.
It is imlpressive to think that the Brandburger Gate was taken into the no-man's land area separating Berlin by a wall. See those archive pictures! Anyway, the place was crowded ans Unter den Linden (a large and royal avenue, quite famous) was on works so, it was barely bearable to walk there with people and the sun.
Shoah Memorial: a large area of black concrete stones, on a mouvant ground (never plane, it goes up and down through the alleys), you have to find the entrance to the Museum through this labyrinth. We did not visited the museum.
general view, so you can see the meaning of it (sorry for poor pictures: sososososooooo much suns and heat, this day, it was difficult to walk outside by the afternoon - hopefully we took a small break into the Tiergarten park, which is next side of the road):
I love this one with the guy incidentaly walking above in the background :)
Mitte is also the district of design and modernity:
After the fall of the Wall, this part of the city have been rehabilitated a lot, with a lot of ambicious architecture projects.
This one is really famous:
The Sony Center host the cinema museum, some bars, restaurants, etc...
Playing with reflection:
A part of the remaining and painful Wall of Berlin:
We visited Topography Des Terrors, which is a permanent exhibition on Nazism and antisemitist crimes. It is installed inside and outside, at the previous place of Hitler's bunker. On this picture you can see the site, which is a bit strange: at the first plan, the exhibition of topography des terrors. Second plan is a remaining part of the Berlin Wall. And the gigantic building behind is the Federal Minister of Finances, called the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus; it has been built in 1935, on Göring instigation, by Ernst Sagebiel. Strange mix of old and new, and really painful memories of the XXth century. How much pain Berlin had to endure? I think this is the first time we visit a city who had lived under the two sides of totalitarism: nazism and communism.
Berliner Dom, the cathedral, which you must pay an expensive entrance fee to enter. It is said at the front door that the entrance price is made to finance a religious community who has the charge of the refection of this big church, and can't always do it, since they receive no subvention to do so.
I am VERY surprised there is not any subsides for an historic monument... Plus, at the office hours, a pretty girl, all dressed up as a cabin crew member, is paid to be at the door, to let enter only the prayers. We thought this was a tourist trap so we did not paid and did not entered.
Alte National Gallery:
This colossal neo-classic monument is now dedicated to XIXth century art, and was the former Künst museum, for all period of times.
We always take our pictures with self-timmer, so they are not the most beautiful... But I am too stressed with my camera to let anyone take pictures instead of me. Yeah, I'm mad... As you can see, we are both melting after a long walk under the sun!
We loved the building but have been a bit disappointed by the collections.
It is vast but aside the Caspard Friederich room (not a whole room of masterpieces neither...), and a few interesting pieces from Böcklin, it was a bit boring.
A painting from Carl Friederich Lessing. We already saw a example of his art in Paris, for the "L'Ange du Bizarre" temporary exhibition. I just love those fantastic landscapes :)
But the room are beautiful too, and visiting the museum offer you the opportunity too see the inside of this beautiful building:
This blue coupola was just stunning:
An Arnlod Böcklin painting:
This one was really curious. It was called "Snowhite", but the dwarfs were so disturbing! It is a painting from Victor Müller.
A beautiful Art Nouveau building we stumb upon by chance:
A statue of Marx and Engels, next to Alexander Platz:
M. Nokturnal worked so much on those two authors for his thesis :)