Received this video from my colleague. Its super creative and really interesting!
In my previous post, I mentioned that I went joined a tour, there were many tourists from all over the world and all walks of life. Coincidently, when I was at the lunch place introduced by the tour guide, Sophie, I met a Singaporean lady and she introduced me to her daughter, who was tall and pretty. She would qualify as a air stewardess if she wants, but she chose to study in Paris for her degree. I mean, to study in Paris, that’s like really a dream place man!!! She seems a little arrogant at first, but when you slowly warm up to her, she is actually quite friendly.
We started talking and realised that we both wanted to go the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. But I recalled in the morning, when I was at the meet up point, where I met the Tour guide who told me about the free tour, he mentioned that the camp was closed as they found a dormant bomb near the camp area. So we waited till after the tour and checked it out again. Thankfully, by that time, the bomb was removed and the camp had reopened.
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
22 Straße der Nationen Oranienburg, Berlin, Germany
You can take a train S-bhan to Oranienburg and Bus 804 just right outside the train station. As Oranienburg is actually outside of Berlin, the train ride was about about an hour. Do check out the timing before you go. In Apr-Sep its open from 8.30am-6pm and in Oct- Mar, 8.30am-4.30pm. It closes on Mon.
I felt a little sorry to both of them, as I wanted to go to the wash room, but the toilet was so slow in washing, i meant those automated toilet. And it was taking forever!!! In the end, we missed the bus! I felt really bad, that because of me they had to walk. Waiting for another bus would mean we would have to wait another half an hour and would reach at around 515pm. So we decided to walk quite a distance. I was actually surprised meeting them, because many incidences made me felt that God was watching over me. If I had come by myself, I would have lost and not sure how to walk, as it was not as clear cut. And honestly to go so far out by myself, would have been quite lonely. I would share more why later on. There were only us in queue for the bus. Anyway, back to the journey there. Though we had to walk for about 15mins, we chatted alot.
And finally…. we reached!
The camp was really quiet and calm. It was so unbelievable peaceful at some areas. It was nearing the closing time, but the sense of uneasiness and fear came not because of this silence. But what this place used to be. I felt at some points, I could hear screams and shouts amidst the silence.
Where I am about to enter sense thrills down my spine. I was actually shivering a little, not just because of the chill but from within and what I am about to see.
As we enter the infamous iron gate that reads, “Arbeit Macht Frei”, which means “Work will set you free”.
I was greeted with a big empty space, where they would have their morning drills.
The room shown below is formerly known as the dissecting room. I leave to your imagination of what went on here.
The picture above is also known as the Medical Experiment room.
“The scope of the often horrific medical experiments performed by Nazi doctors on Jews during the Holocaust is far more extensive than previously known, according to the newly released testimonies of nearly 2,000 surviving victims.
The testimonies revealed that medical experiments were conducted not just at Auschwitz but at 30 concentration camps and ghettos, according to Gideon Taylor, executive vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. A total of 178 different types of experiments were performed, he said.
“There were a few well-known medical experiments” that were known “but nothing about the whole range of medical experiments” uncovered by the testimonies, said Taylor, whose organization collected the information. “The Mengele twins’ experiments were known, but much of the rest are undocumented and but for this effort the material would have been lost.”
He was referring to Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous “Angel of Death” at Auschwitz who was known for his cruelty. Mengele weeded out those to be sent to the gas chambers and those to be kept for medical experiments.
The testimonies include the names of other doctors who similarly performed medical experiments, many whose names had been previously unknown, Taylor noted.
“Medical experiments are the least-documented atrocity,” said Eli Zborowski, chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem. “Some of the information from the testimony of the victims was known, but a lot of it is new.”
Zborowski said researchers from Yad Vashem, Israel’s central Holocaust memorial and research center, and the University of Haifa are now gathering information about the subject and that “the testimony will be a great contribution to their efforts.”
The testimonies were collected as part of the $5 billion German settlement of Holocaust-era claims finalized in January 2000.
They come as checks for $5,400 were starting to be mailed this week to the surviving subjects of Nazi medical experiments or their heirs.
Michael Berenbaum, a Holocaust expert and professor of theology at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, says the extent of the Nazis’ medical experiments has “been under appreciated.”
“Only the specialists who followed this can appreciate how widespread it was, how it [the experiments] infiltrated otherwise respected medical society,” he said.
“I would say I could count on two hands the people who had all the details…But the details from the victims will make it more meaningful and powerful,” Berenbaum said.
Patricia Heberer, a historian with the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, said the experiments have been known until now largely through court records and “perpetrator” documents.
“In some cases, we know very little, and this can be a boon to scholars, particularly if we can match their testimony with documentary evidence,” she said. “That would be the best. Where we don’t have information because the experiments were conducted in obscure camps…they destroyed the evidence or we don’t have court evidence, this will fill in the holes — we may have only the testimony to go on. That makes it very helpful.”
Most of the survivors are now in their 80s. Many wrote their testimonies by hand, some typed them or dictated them to others. Many asked that their testimonies remain anonymous.
An 82-year-old man wrote that he was 20 when he and a Jewish American were “subjected to medical experiments. SS German Shepherd dogs belonging to the commander of the SS… [and] with a special poison on their teeth” were ordered to run after them and bite them.
“Afterwards, they examined our wounds, the blood,” the man said. “A doctor…ripped the flesh off my legs and examined it.” He said the persecution took place in Rabka bei Zakopane, a Polish village.
A 76-year-old man said his captors at Revier Melk, a concentration and labor camp, cut his arm without anesthesia with instruments that were not sterilized in order to cause an infection.
“At the time, they kept exchanging the bandages with different medicated creams and liquids,” he wrote. “Each time the cut was about to heal, they reopened it and started the whole thing from the beginning. A part of the experiment was also observation, and they also checked our ability to work with the wound…After the release the doctors said that I was very lucky. There are scars until today and pain and limitations.”
A 78-year-old woman who was persecuted in Auschwitz wrote that within a month after being placed in Barracks No. 10, she and other female prisoners stopped having their monthly periods and experienced instead “terrible effects of a rash” that the inmates believed came from drugs placed in their soup.
She said it was necessary to cover the rash when Mengele inspected the women because if he saw “even one sore, our life would be over.”
Taylor said these victims were discovered when they applied for German compensation to former slave and forced laborers. Of these 250,000 survivors who applied for such compensation, 1,897 in 33 countries checked off a box saying they had been subject to Nazi medical experiments. They were then asked to detail the nature of those experiments.
Among the victims receiving the $5,400 checks, 119 have died since applying.
Irene Hizme of Oceanside, L.I., who along with her twin brother, Rene Slotkin, was subject to medical experiments, said the money is no kind of payment.
“Five-thousand dollars is a joke,” she said. “But it’s wonderful to have this information. The historical contribution [of this project] is crucial.”
Eva Mozes Kor, 70, an Auschwitz survivor who founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute, Ind., dedicated to recounting Nazi experiments on twins, said the money was welcome for survivors who are in poor health.
Her 1999 lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant Bayer alleging that it collaborated in Nazi medical experiments on Jews was a factor in deciding that victims of Nazi medical experiments would share the compensation of slave and forced laborers, Taylor said.
“What was done to us was quite scientific,” said Kor. “There was a rumor that the experiments were pseudo scientific, but they were scientifically directed by the most prominent scientific institute of Germany at that time.
“They were studying eugenics,” she said. “The Nazis were very interested in multiple births and they said Jews, Gypsies, the physically handicapped and others were genetically inferior.”
Kor said she was injected with a deadly germ that was supposed to be fatal. She said some of the data from those experiments has been preserved but others, such as the experiments done on twins, disappeared.
Taylor said the CANDLES Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Memorial Museum would receive copies of the testimony.”
Nazi Medical Experiments More Common Than Thought, Stewart Ain, 1/29/2004
The Gas Chamber
The place has left me thinking alot about what life is all about. Precious lives were lost when someone loses his sanity to become a racist. Extermination of a whole population become an obsession.
All of us were a little quiet, not sure if its because of tiredness or because we were feeling a little sad after what we have seen. In any case, I believe we have learnt alot about the history and hope not to repeat again.
Finally finished the tour for the day. I do recommend that you come earlier and have a guided tour to get even more sharing about the place. I am sure the stories will be even more thought-provoking.
I am pretty excited about my next post, its all about palaces and pretty pictures!!
Yes, just as my titles says it, I am all about the Marvels now.
I recently was watching Man of Steel, a movie I heard not so good comments when it came out with at the same time as Iron Man 3 sometime back so I chose Iron Man 3 over Man of steel, thinking it was gonna be just another Lois and Clark show, a tv series I grew up watching when I was younger.
Finally after sometime, I picked it up again and watched the movie, MY OH MY, Henry Cavill took my a little of my breathe away (I cant say my whole breath, in case BB is reading, though, he was the one asked me if we should watched it). If you have not watched, please do.
One of my favourite picture of him.
After this, I started watching Tudors, yes, a reason, pretty obvious, Henry Cavill is in it.
I am not really a fan of American Drama, okay Tudor is not really American but you know, English drama. I am more of a TVB person. (for my readers who are not Asian, TVB is a broadasting TV station that produces many Hong Kong dramas). I quite like American sitcoms, but drama is never in my show menu, until…. some guy friend of mine posted on my Home page in FB, a girl with big boobs running across the some stairs, which was a scene from Marvel Agents of Shield. Okay, I wasnt eyeing at boobs. But, she is really pretty, and she has some asian blood, that spells familiarity to me. So, I decided to give it a try, I was pretty surprise how I actually kind of liked it! It was funny, and plot that is not so complicated, unlike Boss, with too much politics, that even some sex scenes couldn’t keep my attention on the show. And at the same time, I fell ill from food poisioning, and was almost bed ridden for 2 days. Marvel has kind of kept me alive and ease some boredom.
I also started watching Thor again after ep 3, that prompted me to book 2 tickets to Thor 2, which is for movies for the following week!!!! I am really excited!!!!
So…. you can see one thing led to another. I am all about of the Marvels for now. So forgive me for the hiatus.
I am still writing on my Berlin trip, will be up with something soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer of Marvels: Agent of Shield! I hope you will be a convert too.
In all history books, one of the most talked about period on world affairs is none other than the World War 2. With better technologies and education, people have evolved to create better strategies, weapons, and even more extreme ways of showing their power over others. The spark of World War 2, begins here, in Germany and also ends here, in Berlin, with the death of Adolf Hitler..well at least in war in Europe, as Japan was still fighting when Germany surrendered.
Well, I like Berlin because of its rich history, and I can identify with it as we have studied much about the course of events that happened during the World War 2. Usually, I would explore places on my own, but for today, what’s better than to join a tour that explains to you the history and places of Berlin. I woke up real early and travelled to Washingtonplatz at 10:30am to join a tour. BUT!!! I missed it by 3mins!!! All the tour groups were so fast, they have all left! And I was there stunned and lost. Then a tour guide who was last to leave asked me if I was here to join a group and I said yes, and he explained to me that they have all left. And his group now is a Spanish group. Seeing my disappointment, he secretly told me that there is a free English tour that I can join! And I have at least 15mins to rush to the location! I immediately ran for the train!
When I arrived, I found a crowd at the location. I took a number and waited for them to split the groups. There must be like 150 people waiting there! The tour agency is called Sandemans New Europe, apparently they have this service all around Europe, US and Middle East. And the best part is they are free! They actually allow you to give whatever amount you want to give. So actually there are some who will give more and some less, its all up to you, so technically not free la.
But I must say, because of this system, all of them really give their best, cause they can earn more than usual if they are good, and I didn’t regret choosing them, as they were all very dedicated! I also happened to have a very fantastic girl who was so knowledgeable, as she studied history during her uni days and she is also a very good storyteller. She was able to give a great history background of Germany in just less than 15mins, which was not all boring!! Till today, I could still remember parts of what she has mentioned. She is also one of the reason why I like Berlin, she was able to explain to clearly how the place evolved to where is it today. I think her name is Sophie.. Well, if you see a petite, pretty girl, that should be her!
Meet up at 11am at Pariser Platz , Brandenburg Gate
The whole tour was about 3.5 hours and a pit stop for you to have lunch. I also went back to some of the place to explore more areas with BB when he was free. So what I am going to share would be inclusive of my own trip..
Once you exit the train station S-Bahn Unter Den Linden, you will see the Brandenburg Gate at the Parier Platz!
After grouping and assigning our tour guide, we started our tour! I feel that before you come to Berlin, it would be good, if you could read up a little about the history of Berlin, then all the attractions would make more sense to you or you would just think it is just a monument. The rich history behind every monument is worth finding out, or like me have someone nicely explain to you so that you would appreciate the liberty that people now enjoy and how the monument stood to remind the people of what it stands for.
The infamous hotel, Hotel Adlon, known for Michael Jackson dangling his baby outside the hotel window.
The Bradenburger Tor
Having destroyed badly during World War 2 but was rebuilt again.
A little bit of history here… after World War 2, Germany was divided into 4 parts. Likewise, Berlin, was divided into 4 parts, controlled by the allies, US, Britain, France (West Berlin) and of course the Soviet Union (East Berlin). People were able to access both sides and through this gate, The Bradenburger Tor, to enter East Berlin. East Berliners were able to cross borders to work in the West Berlin, visit their relatives and etc. However, the Soviet Union had plans to drive out the allies and to take over the whole of Berlin, thus the tension between these parts were getting more severe.The East had a very different school of thought, such as communism and the West Berlin was introducing capitalism and democracy and was becoming more prosperous resulting in people leaving the East to the West due to the vast difference between the two living conditions. A good example in today’s context would be liken to North and South Korea.
And on August 31, 1961 and at midnight, the Berlin Wall was activated. Who would have thought, they would just build a wall to stop people from leaving the city! They got this concept from non other than another country who had the same school of thought, though not for the same purpose, the Great Wall of China.
You can also visit Topography of Terror to see the parts of the remaining Berlin Wall and read about the documentation the Nazis and more.
You might think why didn’t the West Berlin retaliate? The politicians actually it thought it solve the problem of the conflict with Wast Berlin and the movement of people, so they left it as it is.
So how did the people react? Well just imagine in Singapore, you stay in Jurong West and you stayed over at your friends place in Tampines. The next morning you wake up, a wall was built and you cannot go home, and God knows when it would be able to see the other side. Friends, relatives, spouses, parents and children were separated. The wall was not that tall but enough to block you from seeing each other.
There were barb wire built on top of the wall and also a few metres from the wall. Soldiers were guarding the wall and had authority to arrest and shoot citizens if they were to cross the barb wire. As the wall was built hastily, many were connected by buildings of houses, which many quickly made use of the windows to escape. But the East Berlin immediately covered the areas as well. Many managed to escape through badly made barb wire and other methods during the first few weeks since it was built. However, 2 deaths made everyone realised that they may lose their lives trying.
For 28 years, the government had reconstructed 4 times to make it harder for citizens to escape. What you see here, is the forth generation of Wall that was built.
After 2 months since the wall was built, finally, US activated their 30 tanks with loaded cannons facing 32 loaded tanks from East Berlin at Check Point Charlie. If any shooting were to happen, nobody knows how bad things might happen. The whole world stood in stand still and held their breath. Finally, after 3 days of the stand-off, the Soviet Union allowed US soldiers to enter East Berlin, but the wall remains and citizens had tough access control.
The walls continued to be constructed in stronger materials and more layers of “walls were built”. Between the wall and the barb wires there was a death strip which has mines and auto shooting mechanism to detect any people trying to escape. All these happened for 28 years.
However, an interesting story leads up to how The Berlin Wall came down after a spokesman from the East Berlin made a mistake in a press conference to announced that the people were allowed to access across borders and the whole city went into celebration and started hacking the wall down. No one had informed the guards about the news as it was a mistake that was announced and they too were in shocked when crowds were swarming to see their loved ones at the wall.
Finally the Wall came down and here we are today with only parts of the wall remaining.
Now moving back to even earlier in the history of Germany, during Adolf Hilter’s period.
The Holocaust Memorial
Can you guess what the art represents?
One glance, I felt it looked like a cemetery. And does the different heights in the stone slabs represent the age or the height of the Jews that died? it does looks like graphs that you use in presentations to represent numbers.
The architect, Peter Eisenman, meant for you to experience instability, disorientation and groundlessness, yet in the midst of orderly built stone slabs.
You can still feel a sense of calmness when you are here, though a cloud of solemness could also be felt.
Ironically, this was built near where Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The carpark area is where he died, of course during that time it was not a carpark.
We are standing now is one of Europe’s most beautiful square, Gendarmenmarkt, being, the 3 well known architectures are surrounded here.
The Französischer Dom (French Cathedral), Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) and the Konzerthaus (Concert Hall)
And the centre is the statue of Friedrich Schiller, a famous German poet.
Some other places that we went…
Finally we ended at Museum Island, which I went on another day on my own, you may read it here, where we parted ways. It was such a good experience and I enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks to Sophie who made it so enjoyable!
One of the attraction and best experience that I would never forget is my visit to the oldest zoo in Germany, the Zoologischer Garten Berlin. One of its best feature is the ability to see the animals so up close and personal. And for the price of Euro 20, I got to visit the aquarium and the zoo, totally worth it!!! The whole area is so huge that I spent my whole afternoon exploring, and one of the best part is that its not in some isolated place like our Singapore Zoo which is in Mandai. It is near the metro, Berlin Zoologischer Garten station and I walked about 10-15mins, and tada!!! I reached Elephant Gate. Strangely, I couldn’t find the Lion Gate, the second entrance/exit at all, so I ended up only entering and exiting through the Elephant Gate, which was near the metro as well.
Well, since this post is dedicated for my visit to the Zoo, so expect lots and lots of animal pictures!!! And I tell you, you don’t want to miss it, as there is also a video to show how close I was to the animals!!!
When I visit a zoo, there is always this element of mystery and danger lingering. I tried not to read about a place too much and try to experience what comes along. So when I went to the zoo, I just walked around and explored like I was in a jungle, although, after walking around aimlessly for about 2 hrs, I bought a book that guided me to see some of the animals I kept missing and the toilets…. the place is so huge that i actually got lost at one point.
When I first entered, guess what was the first animal that greeted me….
I saw this dark tunnel and figured it should be some small animals caged, and since it is somewhat near the entrance, usually it is those welcoming animals….. then I heard a loud ROAR!!!!!!!! that echoed throughout the tunnel, and sent thrills to my spine!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes at how close I was to the beast!!!
I went back here again the second time, and was glad that I did, as I managed to video a scene not to be missed! The lions were ahem… f***ing. I wont say making love as the female lion was so aggressive after the male was coaxing for more. hahaha…
Though I feel a little pity that some of the animals that are meant to be in the wild are put away in a cage, unable to release its fullest potential to experience nature, like the lions, it is so boring to just walk up and down.. they probably have another exit to go out to the wider space with more natural setting. Otherwise, it is just plain cruel to cage them here. Twice I came, they were in the cage.
This tunnel was always echoed with the roars from either the lions or the tigers located right at the end of the tunnel. They seem to be communicating, as after the tiger growl, the lion will roar in response. And mind you their growl and roar is seriously loud. I shook a little with fear when I was filming the lions.
All the wild cats were placed in this tunnel, as well as some small animals located in the middle, which I think they are either intimidated or jaded with all the loud roars from one end to the other end. Imagine the little Erdmannchen talking to his other mates, “so freaking noisy! stop all that roar!” or they would be shivering with fear “what the hell is that sound”….. I am pretty sure they are used to the roars, as it would have happened every other day.
One of the cutest animal, Sandkatze, also known as the Sand Dune Cat was situated in the same tunnel. You might think they are docile animals, but they are animals that hunt birds, hares and reptiles!! They can even survive without drinking water as they get moisture from their prey. They lived in deserts and are active at night. So don’t try to be funny with them.
Another cute animal spotted! Erdmannchen! Also known as Slender-tailed Meerkat.
Also another desert animal. When they are grouped, they are called a clan or a mob! so cute!!!
Just randomly walking down the pathway, you would see another type of animals.
I was only separated by a glass when I stood in front of the white fox.
This whole stretch of long path, is all the birds of different kinds.
Finally, stumbled upon the boars. It reminds of the show, Hannibal, where he carried the lead actress from all the wild cannibal boars who were afraid of Hannibal Lector as they can sense he eats human as well.
Check out the baby ones!
When grown up, they are not be treated lightly.
So tired, took a rest and a of course a selfie.
Another tunnel that I explored, it was all the monkey-like animals.
Check out the baby monkey clinging to the mother!!!
The amount of fruits and vegetables prepared for them!!
The other thing, I love about this zoo, was I came face to face with another king of the jungle. The KING KONG!!!
Okay smaller version, but to me its damn huge!!!!
Its the Big , Black GORILLA!!! I couldn’t imagine, that I could actually see it so up close! And the gorilla has a habit of hitting the glass, and when he does that, the crowd that was trying to come closer to see him would jumped in shock. There was this girl who kept trying to pose with the gorilla behind her and her boyfriend holding the camera. It seems that the gorilla knows that she wants to take a picture of him, so when she back-faced the gorilla, he would hit the glass hard, and she would scream! It was hilarious as it was only her that the gorilla would do that! When the rest of the crowd take a picture, he was perfectly okay. She was so frightened that finally after the 4th try, she gave up!
After viewing most of the animals, its time for the sea!!!
Not sure why there was such a huge dinosaur outside the Aquarium, but it was very visible, so you cant missed the aquarium.
Basically the catfish was just smiling at me, so no choice I have to take a picture of it!
Can you find Nemo?
Jellyfish is to me a mysterious creature. With no shape, it just happily swims and yet could cause such misery when they sting.
This fish is not taken up close so that it looks big, it was just this huge!!
Just check out how the man is sitting beside it and it is as huge as a kid! If this fish is edible it can feed a family of five and still got left over!!!
After the sea, its reptiles corner!!
Well, I was about to finish the walk when I spotted this at the end.
It was really enormous. I am just glad the python was sleeping…It looks like it has eaten something and it was still digesting…Talk about anaconda, this already freaked me out!
Interestingly this zoo also has a insect level, and I really mean bugs of many kinds. I was not so much of a bug person, so I hastily view and left.
Well, as I said in the beginning, I went to visit the lions to say good bye, I am glad that they made peace again and was lying down quietly side by side after I sat there for a period of time.
It felt like an adventure!! I was quite sad to leave, but I was really hungry.. Started to head back to my hotel and wore warmer clothes as it was freeeezzzzing! Headed out to have some spaghetti which was just opposite my hotel, as I was so tired from all the walking….
What other zoos have you visited? Is there other zoos that gave you a very memorable experience? I would love to hear about it!
Next post about Berlin is what makes me love the place even more… Walk through the history of Berlin!
Coming to Berlin during this period is great as the weather is cool and perfect for walking around. Another fact I love about Berlin!
Took a train out for lunch! We were quite hungry and started look for a restaurant.
We were just walking around looking for a place to have lunch and found this place, Zillemarkt.
We had the Berliner Allerlei, which is usually for 2 persons and more to share: stuffed cabbage, fried sausage, pease pudding, boiled pork nuckle, pork burger, Kasseler chop, sausage with a hot tomato curry sauce, sauerkraut and sauté potatoes.
And what is so fabulous? Is the pork knuckles! Did I mentioned? Germany is also best known for their pork knuckles!!! Its not like our usual pork knuckles back home, in Singapore. Their pork knuckles are so tasty and the texture is OMG!!! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Although the restaurant is not one of the best, but the food generally was still good. I read that in recent months, the reviews were all quite horrid. I had this in Sept 2012, which was still pretty good.
Our meal came up to about Euros 33.10.
The place looks quite cosy but it was like so quiet and there were only us. I guess, we were eating quite early too.
After a heavy meal, its time to do some walking!
Saw this interesting architecture and took a picture of it.
We walked back to Museum Island to continue our journey yesterday. Having a nice coffee by the river in this cold weather is ideal but we were still so full from the food that its impossible to even drink!
You can guess where we are heading to?
Yes, that’s right, we are walking towards the Berliner Dom also a cathedral!
Happen to see this performers along the way. They were really still and given under the hot sun, I really take off my hat for their tolerance level.
Not to miss is the organ from Wilhelm Sauer Manufactory. One of the largest and most intact instrument with pneumatic action from the German Late Romantic Period. 7269 pipes, 113 stops and four manuals.
One of the highlights of this place is that you MUST climbed to the top of the Dom and see the view from above, it is really beautiful!!!
After walking so much, we had a drink at the cafe in the musuem.
Another museum that is on the Museum Island is the Altes Museum which also means Old Museum. It is another place that is designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I didn’t really think much about this place, maybe I was a little overdosed with all the museums. There was, however, one antique that I found very interesting. The whole storyline of the family was carved onto a piece of marble.
The carving shows four scenes from the Medea myth, following the homnymous tragedy by the Athenian poet Euripides. Topics from Greek mythology were a popular motif in Rome for sarcophagus reliefs, especially when they depicted, as in the case here, wedding and death and sorrow of life. You would not believe this is a coffin actually. But why would someone want to have coffin carved with such tragic story, I have no idea. I am just glad that it has no body inside!
It is a mythology plot about Medea and Jason.
The story is read from left to right… Jason stole the Golden Fleece from a King, who had a daughter Medea, who fell in love with him and fled with him. They lived together happily for 10 years and even had 2 children, as you can see from the second figurines. The third figurine is Jason and another woman, Creusa who is looking at the gifts that the 2 children of Medea brought to her for her wedding. One which was a crown and another gift. The gifts were actually prepared by Medea, who at this point was jealous of her and was plotting her revenge. The moment Creusa, wore the crown, it burned her to death and her father pulling down his hair and tried to save her. And the next scene is the children playing with the ball, but Medea was already holding out a knife. In the following scene we can see Medea fleeing of in a chariot. with a child over her shoulder and another child’s leg at the bottom.
The whole story is so intense and tragic. But I must say the carving is absolutely impeccable. The emotions and story is totally visible and well carved. Its like 2D!
There are other antiques that I thought was worth higlighting here. so here it is!
That’s it! Gonna share more about other stuff in Berlin in my next post!!!!
I am back with a new post! Had been so busy with home stuff and my event at work, which is also taking alot of my time. Finally sat down and blog. I find blogging therapeutic. For some is cooking, some is going for a run, well for me is blogging. Its like an avenue to vent, to rant, to inspire, to share, to gossip, to just talking about it.
Well, this time I am gonna share about my Berlin trip that was in 25 September 2012. Yes, this post is super overdue. But I still wish to keep memories of it, so here it is!!! I really love Berlin!!!! It has left me with one of the most impression. Paris, is beautiful, but maybe because, I expected it. But Berlin was really a great experience for me and I didn’t expect myself to really love it so much and maybe because of its great history that I feel like I am stepping into one of the most historical moment that had happen right here. Yes, I am talking about how World War 2 started and the evidence of it.
Before I start rambling about history, which might just bore you, here is some pictures of delicious Berlin food!!
Our first meal of the day!
I read about this place in one of the travel books, Restaurant Nolle, and I didn’t regret it! It is awarded this year, 2013 by Trip Advisor this year, Certificate of Excellence! The location is also very convenient, walking distance to some of the key tourist attractions.
First dish to serve is the SOUP of the day! I cannot remember what it was, but it was so good!!! The taste was well balanced and well-flavoured. This was about 3,95 Euros.
Each of us ordered a dish: Bayerischer Fleischkäse which was about 8,50 Euros.
Served with 2 sunny side eggs, crispy bacon and fried onions, or Pellkartoffelsalat fried potatoes, salad garnish.
And another dish we ordered was Filetstreifen vom Schwein which means Pork Fillet which was about 13,50 Euros
served in a mushroom-and-tarragon cream sauce and accompanied by crispy hash browns and salad garnish.
And also a Berliner weiße mit schuss, type of German beer which sorry I do not know how to appreciate. But BB loves it. This was about 3,20 Euros.
So total cost of the lunch was about 29,15 Euros (SGD 48.97). Yes, food in Berlin is not cheap.
But the food is really delicious and the service was pretty acceptable. I love the traditional feel and look of the place. It was cold outside, so, coming into the warm restaurant, I was feeling all cosy!!! Food wise, I give it 4/5 stars!
Georgenstraße, S-Bahnbogen 203
After filling our stomach, we were all hyped up to explore the area!
We started walking to Museum Island, which is has 5 renowned museums all located in a magnificent ensemble and all within short walking distance to each other and a great view. I will share more in the next few posts.
This is one the most visited museum with more than 1 million people around the world visiting it!
It is known for its imposing reconstructions of archaeological ensembles – it has 3 parts: Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Islamic Art Museum, and the Near East Museum.
The Pergamon Altar, 180-160BC
When I first stepped into the place, I was impressed at how the archaeologist shipped out the Asia Minor and piece by piece it was erected in the Museum in Berlin. As I looked closely at the frieze on the walls and structures, you would see the displays a battle between the giants and Titans, a masterpiece during the Hellenistic arts. A feeling of power and grandeur could be felt in this room. This room that I am in, contains the remains of the Alter of Zeus, once worshipped by pagans in Asia Minor and also regarded by some as the throne of Satan. Well, the structure and design that attracted the chief chief architect for the Nazi Party who later used the same concept to design for the colossal grandstand at the rally grounds in Nuremberg, known as the Zeppelintribüne.
Do you see the resemblances?
Another main attraction in the museum is Ishtar Gate and Professional Way from Babylon, from the time of Nebuchadnezzar II.
The gate is one the eight gates in inner city of Babylon with tiles that has pictures of lions and other animals.
I find the bible giving an even more interesting depictions about Nebuchadnezzar. The king had destroyed Jerusalem and taken Judah into captivity. One night he had a dream, and during that time dreams are very significant, but he could not remember. So he set to ask his astrologies and magician for help to him to remember and interpret the dream. No could tell him what his dream was, I mean you don’t even remember, how would they know? But that is what requires a true wise man who had God as his aid to help reveal the truth of the dream. Well, you can read more about in the Book of Daniel! Don’t wish to spoil the story.
Here are some other collections in the museum that I thought was interesting.
I feel that the Pergamonmusuem is a MUST SEE, I mean when will I actually go Iraq to see the Babylonian art and structure. Having it safe in Berlin, would be more highly recommended.
Would be back with more post on the Berlin!