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Surroundings Platz vor dem Neuen Tor

Germany’s government is located close to the large Tiergarten park and has a royal flair even though the country is democratic. The various parliament buildings in this area are all either new or completely renovated and successfully prove that Berlin is the capital city. One of the most striking features of the Reichstag (Parliament) is the new glass cupola on top of the building that has an amazing system of mirrors that reflect light into the parliament chamber. The cupola’s visitors’ gallery makes it a popular tourist attraction.

In addition to the administrative buildings, the city district of Tiergarten has many architectural gems, some being the Philharmonic Hall, the Staatsbibliothek (National Library), the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) and the Gemaeldegalerie (Painting Gallery) to the south-east of the Tiergarten, not far from Potsdamer Platz.

Dividing the Tiergarten into two is the magnificent 3km long Strasse des 17. Juni that was originally designed as a narrow riding path through the electors’ Tiergarten park. At the end of the 30s, Hitler’s architect Albert Speer turned it into an impressive boulevard for the leaders of the Third Reich, complete with candelabra lamps. In the middle of this street, and with unarguably the best view of the area is the “Golden Elsa” up on the 70m high Victory Column (Siegesaeule). This statue weighs 37 tonnes, stands nearly nine metres tall and has a european shoe size of 92. The stair climb can be exhausting, but the view from the platform directly underneath her is very much worth it.

A few blocks to the south, Berlin is once again big city. The once vacant area around Potsdamer Platz was turned into an an enormous entertainment and shopping center in just a few years. Here you can find restaurants, cafes, clubs, an IMAX theater, a cinema complex, a musical theater, a casino and the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, a three-story shopping mall. It is also here that you will find the headquarters of Berlin’s International Film Festival. At Potsdamer Platz you can see the Berlin of the future: video and neon installations, elaborate fountains, light shows and glass fronted skyscrapers.

On the evening of May 26th, 2006 the new Berlin Main Train Station was inaugurated and now services around 1,100 city, local and long distance trains with departures every 90 seconds. The architecture of the building is ornamental with filigree work, spacious and flooded with light. This train station is now designated as Europe’s largest and most modern station, completing one of the largest construction projects in German railway history. This amazing building has 43 elevators, 54 escalators, 1 250 solar panels, 70 000 sqm of floor space and 300 000 estimated passengers and visitors per day.

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