Berlin – 3. Brandenburg Gate & Reichstag

On our second day in Berlin we returned to the Jewish Memorial. Unfortunately, we were politely told by the staff that they did not think there was anything in it that was suitable for children under 14 so OMB and I went to the Reichstag in the hope of climbing up to the top of the Cupola. As the Reichstag was also debating issues regarding the eurozone bailout proposals it would have been interesting to have been in the building at the time, particularly as the cupola is apparently designed to funnel the sounds of the chamber up so as to be freely heard in public.


Unfortunately, contrary to the indications in our guidbooks, we learned that it took around 3 days to get an entry ticket for the Reichstag and you couldn’t just turn up and go in. As we only had another full day in Berlin, this meant that it would have to wait to a future visit. Luckily it was a fine sunny day and this allowed for a bit of running around and playing in the Tiergarten with OMB, which I don’t think he minded at all. Particularly when he found a man making exciting soap bubbles.

We then met up with Mrs B and carried on our tour of the central part of the city.

Brandenburg Gate



3 thoughts on “Berlin – 3. Brandenburg Gate & Reichstag

    • Oh, wouldn’t have fancied that. Still, 3 days to process an application is a bit, well, British. Reminds me of that old Rover ad with a German looking at some striking modern building and commenting “Britischer Architekt!”. OK so they got Norman Foster to design it, but they didn’t need to get Glastonbury to organise the ticketing!

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