Berlin--a famous and known city has played an important role in the history. However, most of us (especially people from Asia) only have the knowledge from school's history lessons and no chance to visit and feel it in person.
Fortunately, I had a chance to visit the city in summer 2008. At the very first moment, I love the city right after I entered the city and I can strongly feel the atmosphere of the city.
You definitely cannot go to Berlin without visiting the "Berlin Wall." Although it is not like the Chinese Great Wall, it is the most important wall in the world's history. Berlin Wall is not only a hot tourism spot but more important is it is a meeting point of modern and old era, democracy and dictatorship, freedom and enslavement, humanright and oppression.
It is already 19 years after the "Wall" falling down when the moment I stood at the Wall, but its history and meaning did not get disappeared. I cannot describe my feeling with words and I think everyone can only feel it in person.
The city is located within East part of Germany. In order to prevent people to escape from east Berlin to west Berling, the East Germany government started building the wall in 1961. However, there were a lot of people still trying to run away after. But only around 5000 people successed and there were uncountable number of people failed, injured and died.
The falling of the wall was actually an accident. Günter Schabowski misunderstood the instruction from the leaders and he accidently announced that the wall is opened on November 9th in 1989. Thousands and thousands people walked on the street and tore down the wall. Therefore, the wall became part of the history and it gradually impel the reunion of both sides one year after.
I strongly recommand people to visit Berlin if you have a chance. Berlin doesn't have many business or a shopping area, but it has a special attraction. I am sure I would love to visit this special city again in the future.
(On the white crosses, there are names of the people who died from escaping)
(Famous East Germany radio station)
(Seeing and believing-I didn't know that there were actually two walls til I saw them)
(The wall seperated east and west Germany for nearly 30 years
(Good thing that Germany government realized how important to keep part of the wall for the important history record)
(The painting on the wall, you can see how much that people disered for freedom from some paintings)
意外地在Checkpoint Charlie 的一家禮品店發現台灣的國旗, 開心!!)
(Accidently found Taiwan's flag in one of the souvenir shop, HAPPY
則佔領西柏林及西德。Checkpoint Charlie 是當時給予同盟國﹐ 非德國人及外交官的主要通關。