It seems that Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor got enamoured of Germany going by the stunning pictures she had posted on Instagram from Berlin. The actor dropped many amazing snaps on the social media under the caption ‘Hallo Berlin’ and in one of the pics she is simply ravishing in a floral frock that was clicked near the historic Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall, the grim symbol of the Cold War, was constructed by the Communist Government of East Germany in August 1961 to arrest the flow of refugees, which was the fallout of the long-drawn Cold War. The world famous wall was erected on August 13, 1961 and was 155km long and had 116 surveillance towers and nearly 20 bunkers.
The fall of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1990s paved the way for the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall literally crumbled following peaceful revolution of people on November 9, 1989. A few remnants of the wall, which was an ugly symbol of the Cold War, could be found in Berlin. The first choice of any tourist visiting Germany will be to see what remains of the historic wall.
You don’t have to worry about missing any important detail as the tourist guides will explain in English the historical relevance of the Berlin Wall. It is said that majority of the wall remnants had been taken to other countries by travellers over a period of time.
The East Side Gallery, which is the world’s longest open-air gallery spanning 1.3km, is one of the sought-after sightseeing destinations in Berlin. More than 100 murals drawn by 118 artists from 21 countries adorn the wall and these art works reflect the reunification of Germany and the events that unfolded thereafter.
The ‘Topography of Terror’ museum located in Niederkirchnerstrasse is an interesting history museum which is worth a visit. One can walk through the entire surviving section of the Berlin Wall in four hours. Berlin, which is the capital of Germany, has a history spread across several centuries to tell. Besides the Berlin Wall, the city has many historical monuments that can take you through the corridors of a bygone era. Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenberg Palace, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island that houses five museums, Trabi Museum, Pergamon Museum, Marx-Engels Square, Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Neue Wache and numerous Jewish memorials are some of them.
Another attraction is the ‘Book Burning’ memorial at Bebelplatz. This monument designed by Israeli sculptor Micha Ullman is a memorial to the 1933 bonfire on which pro-Nazi student burned nearly 20,000 books. The memorial, which is a space with empty bookshelves, was unveiled on March 20, 1995.
Berlin City, which is situated near the Spree River and Havel River, opens a window to history.