dimanche 3 mars 2019

15 Best Things to Do and See in Berlin

Best Places to See in Berlin

The capital of Germany, Berlin is a hub of touristic activities. It offers something for everyone, whether you are looking for history and culture or you want to experience the exciting art, music, and nightlife. Berlin is a mixture of beautiful architecture from different eras and the city is buzzing with life.
So if you’ve planned a trip to this amazing destination, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Berlin. Here you will find what places to see in Berlin and the main Berlin points of interest.
Berlin has an amazing history. It is filled with places of significance from its many wars and conflicts. Even though a lot of it was destroyed during the war, the city was rebuilt with the intention to preserve its history. Because of this, the list of the things to see in Berlin could be endless. However, we’ve compiled the top 15 main Berlin tourist attractions.

1. The Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate, BerlinThe Brandenburg Gate is Germany’s and Europe’s symbol of unity and peace. It was built in 1791 based on Athens’ Acropolis and is 26 meters tall with 6 columns and 5 walkways. It is one of the most famous monuments in Berlin as it used to be a dividing point between the West and the East.

The Gate has been a host to many major historical events, one of them being in 1987 when U.S President Ronald Reagan addressed Gorbachev during the Cold War. Two years later, on December 22nd, 1989, the Gate was opened to the public and the West and East Berlin united. More than 100,000 people visited on that day and as the number of visitors grew, the Brandenburg Gate became severely damaged. Because of that from the year 2000 to 2002, it was closed for renovations. Now, it is open and anyone can go and stroll through it. Besides its vast historical significance, the Gate is also a famous New Year’s Eve party landmark, where about 1 million people visit each year.

2. Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz, BerlinOne of the main things to do in Berlin is to visit Potsdamer Platz or Potsdam Square. The place is named after the city of Potsdam and it has transformed from a desolate wasteland during World War II into a hub of tourism and business.
The square was opened and rebuilt after the German reunification and is now home to many famous restaurants, shopping centers, cinemas, theatres, and beautiful architecture. When you are visiting, there are several places which you must see.
One of them is the fastest elevator in Europe which takes you to the Kollhof Tower. The view from up there is amazing as you can see Berlin’s entire skyline. Additionally, if you are traveling with family, you can see the Legoland Discovery Center which has around 4 million Lego bricks.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin, Germany

Another interesting thing to see is the first traffic light in Europe, which was installed there in 1924 to guide traffic. Potsdamer Platz is also a place where the Berlinale is held each February, the most famous film festival in Berlin.
Finally, even if you are visiting during the winter, you can enjoy Europe’s biggest toboggan run, Bavarian curling, the ice rink, and a skiing party cabin. With all of these attractions, you cannot miss Postdamer Platz if you are visiting Berlin.

3. Reichstag Building

Reichstag BuildingThe Reichstag Building is a historical government landmark in Berlin. It is the second most visited place in Berlin, attracting around 3 million people per year. The Reichstag was opened in 1894 and housed the Imperial Diet of the German Empire until 1933.
At that point, it was set on fire and was damaged so even after World War II, the building was not used. During this time the parliament houses met in different places. In the 1960s, the Reichstag was partially restored, but it was not reconstructed completely until after the reunification in 1990. When it was completed in 1999, it once again became the place where the German parliament met.
The Reichstag has a unique architectural style, but its highlight is the dome. The dome is built with glass and from there, visitors can see the parliament chambers. It symbolizes that people are above the government and that is why it is open to the public.
The dome does not only serve as a source of light and ventilation for the Reichstag, but it is also Germany’s commitment to renewable energy. It has solar panels on its roof and it powers a significant part of the Reichstag.
Since the Reichstag is open to the public, there are different ways to visit it. You can get a guided tour and even listen to a plenary session of the parliament, but it will be in German. Most people, however, choose to climb up the dome and see the chambers. The place is usually extremely crowded during weekends, so we recommend trying to visit it during weekdays.

4. Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial - Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer

One of the top things to do in Berlin is to visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. The strip of the wall extends 1.4 kilometers and it signifies the division of East and West Berlin until reunification at the end of the 1980s.
The Wall memorial has three parts which provide an artistic, factual, and spiritual way to honor the victims of the Berlin Wall. The first part is the open air exhibition which provides pictures and audio materials around the history of the wall, when it was built and then torn down. It is a more visual representation of the history.
The second part is the documentation center which provides more materials into how the wall was constructed through different documents and facts. The third part is the Chapel of Reconciliation, where visitors can spiritually honor the victims of the Wall and all those who struggled because of it.
All these three parts give an accurate picture of the history of the Berlin Wall. Visitors can choose where to start and each part complements the other. However, they were not built at the same time. The open-air exhibition was dedicated to the victims of the Berlin Wall in 1994, while the documentation center was created in 1997. Finally, the Chapel was opened in 1999, on the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

5. Museum Island

Bode-Museum, Berlin
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Museum Island is one of the top Berlin attractions. It has 5 museums with exquisite works of art, each one different from the other. The artwork shows the history of Berlin, Byzantium, and Ancient Egypt.
The five museums that make up the Museum Island are:
  • Pergamon Museum
  • Bode-Museum
  • Neues Museum
  • Alte Nationalgalerie
  • Altes Museum
Museum Island’s first museum was the Altes Museum or Old Museum. It was opened in 1830 and it celebrates the art of the Age of Enlightenment and similar educational ideals. After 30 years, Neues Museum or New Museum was opened. Its official name is the Royal Prussian museum.
In 1876, these two museums were joined by the Alte Nationalgalerie or the Old National Gallery. These three made up the initial Museum Island which took this name in the late 1870s. Afterward, Bode-Museum opened in 1904 followed by Pergamon Museum in 1930.
During the Nazi regime, there were plans for a rebuild which fortunately never happened. During the war, the island was badly damaged and the Neues Museum was destroyed. The reconstruction started after World War II, but only in 1999, the Board of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation devised a comprehensive refurbishment plan, especially for Neues Museum.


The Pergamon Museum has around 1 million visitors each year which makes it the most famous museum in Berlin. Its refurbishment is still in progress, and it is expected to be complete in 2025. The museum is planned to have four wings instead of the three that it has now. The museum has impressive collections of Islam Art, the Ishtar Gate, and the Processional Way amongst others.


Bode-Museum was completed in 2005 and hold collections and sculptures from medieval times to late 18th Century. It also has pieces from the Museum of Byzantine Art and Numismatic Collection.

Neues Museum

This museum which was completely ruined during World War II was officially opened in 2009. It contains work from the Egyptian Museum, Museum of Prehistory and Early History, the Papyrus Collection, and the Collection of Classical Antiquities. The museum is most famous for the sculpture of Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, which is one of the most visited pieces in it.

Alte Nationalgalerie

When the Old National Gallery was built, it was modeled by the Acropolis in Athens and it stands tall over Museum Island. It is home to artwork from the neoclassical period to Romanticism, Biedermeier Period, as well as Impressionism and Early Modern Art.
The gallery is home to what is said to be the most beautiful sculpture by Johann Gottfried Schadow, the Princesses Luise and Friederike. It also contains artwork from famous artists such as Claude Monet, Lovis Corinth, Auguste Renoir, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and so on.

Altes Museum

The Old Museum was designed by renowned artist, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and is home to artwork from classical antiquity, so from ancient Greek and Roman Empires as well as portraits of Cleopatra and Caesar. Its highlight is the collection of Etruscan art, which is the largest collection of this type outside of Italy.
Visitors only need to purchase one ticket and can visit all of the museums. Regular admission is €18, while the reduced fare is €9, with free admission to those who are under 18 years old. We recommend dedicating a whole day to appreciate the beauty of Museum Island.
If you’re planning to visit a few museums in Berlin, have a look at the Museum Pass Berlin: 3-Day Entry to Over 30 Museums

6. Berlin Cathedral

Berlin CathedralThe Berlin Cathedral’s history goes back to the 15th Century. It is an important landmark, both religiously and artistically. The Church has been built and rebuilt depending on the type of monarch that was present at different times.
It was demolished in 1893, only to be rebuilt again in 1905. It suffered extensive damage during World War II and its full restoration was completed in 1993. Now, the Cathedral serves the Protestant community in Berlin.
The Cathedral has many sights that should not be missed. Amongst them are the main nave and massive dome above it, as well as the Baptismal and Matrimonial Chapels.
It is also the house to many events, including concerts. It is a magnificent experience to visit the Cathedral during a concert since it is also the house of two very impressive choirs, the Domkantorei and the Staats und Domchor Berlin.
Tours of the Berlin Cathedral are open to everyone. You can choose to only visit the Cathedral or you can see it together with the crypt and museum.

7. Topography of Terror

Topography of TerrorThe Topography of Terror is one of the most famous places of remembrance in Berlin. It showcases the real terror that the opposition of the Nazi regime experienced. The museum shows the history of the prisoners and arrests from the Gestapo secret police.

In 1933, the secret police began using the site as house prison for political inmates. They interrogated and tortured them, and afterward transferred them to prisons or concentration camps. The site held around 15,000 Nazi opponents as prisoners, including Georg Elser, the person who attempted the Hitler assassination and members of the resistance groups. In 1987 then the first exhibition was organized in the area. The exhibition was planned to be temporary, but it became too famous and so it is now a permanent fixture and a must-see if you are visiting Berlin. It has around 1 million visitors each year who go to see the pictures, graphics, and other documents that show the terror and torture these prisoners experienced. The museum also has the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall in the center of the city.

8. The Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust MemorialThe Holocaust Memorial or as it is otherwise known, the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe was opened in 2005. It is a place of remembrance and warning, showing the consequences of the Nazi regime.
The memorial was designed by New York architect Peter Eisenman and has 2,711 concrete columns of different heights. The area is open 24/7 and is situated on an uneven floor which makes it seem wavy and different from any point you choose to look at it.
Unlike other remembrance monuments, it does not have a central point which has made it different and attracted visitors from all over the world.
Besides the concrete structure, the memorial also has an underground information center of 800 square meters. Visitors can find information on the victims and their locations with photographs, diaries, and farewell letters. There are also short biographies of the victims and well as film footage of the tragedies.

9. Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint CharlieCheckpoint Charlie is another famous site from the Berlin attractions. Named after the third letter of the military alphabet (A for Alpha, B for Beta, and C for Charlie), the place used to be the border crossing between East and West Germany.
The Checkpoint was managed by the Allies during World War II and in 1961, the U.S and the Soviet tanks had a confrontation. Checkpoint Charlie also served as a place where many tried to escape from East Berlin. It has stories and photographs today of those who failed and those who succeeded the escapes.
The site still has many of its original sandbags and signs, including the famous “YOU ARE ENTERING THE AMERICAN SECTOR” sign in different languages. The sign was a marker of the border crossing and signified the division during the Cold War.
YOU ARE ENTERING THE AMERICAN SECTORToday, it remains a landmark that must be visited by those who are traveling through Berlin. The scenery has been featured in many spy movies including James Bond.

10. Berlin Television Tower

Berlin Television TowerThe Berlin TV Tower is a must see amongst the Berlin tourist attractions. With 368 meters in height, it is Berlin’s most visible landmark and offers an amazing view of the city and beyond. It also holds the title of Europe’s highest building open to the public and for those who want to enjoy the view, a great bar and the revolving Sphere Restaurant.
The TV Tower was built during the times of East Germany in only 4 years to showcase the efficiency of communism. This long and interesting history makes it an even more attractive sight and nowadays it is Berlin’s symbol both nationally and internationally.
To avoid the extreme crowds and waiting time, we suggest waking up bright and early for a great breakfast with a view. Check the weather beforehand and book in advance if you know which times work best for you.

11. Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg PalaceThe palace built in a rococo style is a reminder of the great royalty of Prussia in Berlin. It is named after Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen consort in Prussia who used to walk the palace grounds with her philosopher friend, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
She was an accomplished artist but died quite young, at the age of 36. After her death, the palace was named Charlottenburg after her.
The palace suffered extensive damage during the war, but was later rebuilt and now is one of the best places to visit in Berlin. There are various golden adorned rooms which convey the royal grandeur. Rooms decorated with porcelain and silver can be seen from the visitors, together with the mausoleum of Queen Louise, the Belvedere tea house, and the Neapolitan villa, Neuer Pavillon.
This palace attracts a lot of visitors and it was even the seat of the German President from 2004 to 2006 while Schloss Bellevue was in renovation. Nowadays, you can find interesting concerts and gala dinners with the Berliner Residenz Orchester, children’s birthday parties, and a relaxed Christmas market during the festive season.

12. Gendarmenmarkt

GendarmenmarktThe Gendarmenmarkt is said to be one of the most beautiful public squares in Berlin and even in the north of the Alps. It has several historical buildings, including two churches serving the French Protestants and the Lutherans, as well as the Konzerthaus Berlin theatre.
The place was built in the 17th Century by Friedrich I for the Huguenot refugees from France. It got the name from the “Gens d’armes” regiment and was damaged during World War II. During the 1970s it was rebuilt by East Berlin and was renamed Platz der Akademie. However, after the reunification, it got its original name back in 1991.
The square hosts many events year-round, including a Classic Open Air series of concerts during the summer and a Christmas market with small wooden booths with traditional handmade items and festive food.

13. The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum

To showcase the history and culture of the Jewish people in Germany, the Jewish Museum in Berlin opened in 2001. It is one of the largest Jewish museums in Europe with 3 buildings designed by architect Daniel Libeskind.
He designed the buildings and named them “Between the Lines” to reflect the history that Jewish people have had in Germany. The museum has extensive collections of documents, pictures, libraries, and archives as well as curated events around the Jewish history.
It contains permanent exhibitions as well as temporary ones which have attracted around 1 million people each year since the opening, making it one of Germany’s most frequented museums.

14. Grosser Tiergarten

Grosser Tiergarten

The Tiergarten park is one of the oldest and biggest public parks in Berlin. With its 200 hectares of land, it is Berlin’s Central Park. It offers a place for people to relax and enjoy recreational activities in any season and contributes to Berlin’s climate positively.
The park was built in the late 17th Century but went under various redesign depending on who governed. During World War II it was extensively damaged but it also suffered deforestation during the coal crisis in the winter of 1945. Afterward, in 1949 it was replanted with tree donations from Germany’s residents.
Nowadays, it has many government institutions such as the president’s residence and the Bundestag. It also has various famous sculptures representing the Prussian history. If you are searching for a nice place to spend the day out and have a picnic, this park is a must-visit.

15. Berlin Zoo

Berlin Zoo
The Berlin Zoo, otherwise known as the Elefantentor (Elephant Gate) was built in 1899 and is now the oldest one in Germany with a collection of animals that is world-renowned. The zoo has more than 25,000 animals from around 2,000 species. The aquarium which can be visited separately has around 13,000 animals in the glass tanks.

vendredi 8 février 2019

Mom Told To Stop Breastfeeding Her Son Only To Learn He’s Been Having Nurse’s Breastmilk

There are so many experiences new mothers exclusively love sharing with their infants. Breastfeeding, swaddling and cradling them are a few that allow mother and child to cement their bond. But for one mother of two named Ashley chestnut, she was harshly robbed of a vital bonding opportunity with her 5-month-old baby boy.
30-year-old Ashley enjoyed taking care of her toddler and new baby, but when her youngest was just a few months old, she noticed something wasn’t quite right; the astute mother couldn’t pinpoint the problem, but she had a feeling something was wrong with her. It wasn’t until her daughter Gracie’s second birthday party when everything came to a head for Ashley.
She excused herself from the party to feed her baby boy, Easton. She felt a pang hit her shoulder and chest; she described it like a freight train crashing into her. It knocked the wind from her; Ashley couldn’t speak or move. She couldn’t write this incident off, not when it rattled her to her bones. She knew it was time to seek medical intervention.
After a few visits to the doctor, she learned the terrible truth: She had cancer.
Doctors immediately started her on a chemo regimen. It bothered Ashley that her health would rob her sweet boy of her love and care for his first year and that she too would have these precious moments stolen from her. She was devastated when she couldn’t breastfeed her son. She’d pump her milk, but she’d always end up throwing it away. This was a gift she should’ve fulfilled for her precious boy. But all wasn’t lost for the heartbroken mother.
Jaclyn is a nurse; she overheard Ashley’s dilemma and knew she needed to help. She made her an offer she couldn’t turn down. Jaclyn donated 1000 ounces of her breast milk for baby Easton.


jeudi 20 décembre 2018

Billionaire Spends $1.7 Million On Motorhome With Its Own Garage, Wait Until You Step Inside

When we hear the words “mobile home”, our minds often go to a place that is not exactly decadent. However, there is one German company that is trying their absolute best to change this perception once and for all. Their newest innovation will make your father’s old trailer look like a Tonka toy. Their beast on wheels is going to set you back a pretty penny, though.

In order to purchase this mobile home, you are going to need to have some serious money saved up. The Performance S is the latest mobile home model from the good people at Volkner Mobil and this bad boy is going to run you a cool $1.7 million. Yes, you read that correctly.

Not only is this the finest mobile home money can buy, but it is essentially a resort on wheels.

The vehicle measures in at 40 feet long, while still remaining sleek and stylish. Occupants receive access to a double bed and a heated bathroom. There is also a very spacious lounge area for you to enjoy. Just in case this motor home isn’t ritzy enough for you, you’ll also have access to a garage that allows you to take your Mercedes or Ferrari along for the trip.

This is the perfect vehicle for those who are looking to take off and enjoy the open road, yet retain access to all of their favorite creature comforts. Those who do not wish to eat out on a regular basis during their journey can make use of the full kitchen. When it comes to finding the best motor home for the truly cultured traveler, accept no substitute.

Most of us will simply have to look at the pictures and vicariously live through others. Unless you have about $2 million in the bank that you’re not too closely attached to, of course. If you are anything like us, then you wish that you would have the chance to take this old girl out for a spin or two. Until then, we will all have to make do with the following video.

Please be sure to share this awesome story with your closest friends and loved ones as soon as possible. They are sure to appreciate a closer glimpse at how the other half lives. One thing is for certain: we are going to be saving up all of our pennies in hopes of being able to afford one of these someday!

Man who murdered over 70 serial killers, now walks free

The choices that human beings make each day will eventually define who we are. Our brains undergo serious alterations as time goes on. These changes are especially noticeable when it comes to analyzing those who decide to kill. However, this is the story of a man who decided that he was going to kill those who had decided to kill others.

Pedro Rodrigues Filho is a Brazilian serial killer who has made a name for himself by killing off other serial killers. Analysts who have spent time looking over his case have referred to him as the perfect psychopath. He experienced abuse before he had even left his mother’s womb. His father’s repeated beatings of his pregnant wife left Pedro with a damaged skull and he had not even been born yet.

By the age of 14, it was clear to see that Pedro was not going to be like the other children. When his father was fired from his job by the vice mayor for stealing food, Pedro took matters into his own hands and killed him. He also learned that his father was not the actual thief. From there, he decided to track down the true criminal and murder him as well.

He was forced to live life on the run after that and while he managed to find love along the way, Maria Aparecida Olympia was also killed. All of these events occurred before he had even turned 18. By the time his 18th birthday arrived, Pedro had already murdered ten people. He spent his teenage years seeking vengeance against the gang members who took his love away from him.

People Living On Remote Island Near India Will Kill Anyone Who Tries To Come Ashore

Located off the coast of India, North Sentinel Island is located in the Bay of Bengal. It’s a ways away from civilization and no one has been able to make contact with the native inhabitants. The island is one of the last remaining uncivilized places of the earth!
An indigenous tribe has lived on the Island with extremely limited contact with outsiders. Anyone who has attempted to explore the island has been attacked or outright killed. North Sentinel is so dangerous for outsiders that India’s government has established a three-mile exclusion zone in an effort to prevent more violence.
On January 26, 2006, two fishermen were killed by the tribe when their boat drifted near the island. An Indian coastguard helicopter attempted to retrieve the fishermen’s bodies, but was prevented from landing when it was greeted with a volley of arrows from the tribesmen.
On August 2, 1981, the ship Primrose grounded on the North Sentinel Island reef. Within a short time, shipmates on the immobile vessel noticed that men on the shore were carrying spears and arrows and building boats on the beach. The captain radioed for a drop of weapons so that the ship could defend itself, but did not receive them. Luckily, heavy seas kept the islanders away long enough for the crew to be rescued by helicopter.
After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the Indian government sent a helicopter to check on the inhabitants on the island. While other nearby islands were heavily affected, the Sentinelese appeared to have been unharmed. The helicopter observed several clansmen shooting arrows and throwing stones at the hovering aircraft with the apparent intent of repelling it.
Believed to number anywhere from 50 to 400, the Sentinelese have lived in isolation on the island for 60,000 years.
The deep tree canopy makes it difficult to observe the Sentinelese from the air, but based on limited observational data it is assumed that they are hunter-gatherers; agriculture does not appear to be known to them.

Waaw !! Health insurance coverage in the United States

Health insurance coverage is provided by several public and private sources in the United States. Analyzing these statistics is more challenging due to persons with multiple sources of insurance, such as those with coverage under both an employer plan and Medicaid. During 2016, the U.S. population overall was approximately 325 million, with 53 million persons 65 years of age and over covered by the federal Medicare program. For the remaining 272 million non-institutional persons under age 65:
  • There were 155 million with employer-based coverage, 90 million with other coverage, and 27 million uninsured.
  • Of the 90 million with other coverage, 57 million were covered by Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), 12 million were covered by the ACA/Obamacare exchanges, 11 million were covered by the ACA Medicaid expansion, and 10 million had other coverage, such as private insurance purchased outside the ACA exchanges.
  • Of the 12 million on the ACA exchanges, 10 million received subsidies and 2 million did not.[1]
  • Of the 27 million uninsured, 21 million (79%) were U.S. citizens while 6 million (21%) were non-citizens, including both documented and undocumented immigrants. In 2015, 45% of the uninsured were white, 32% were hispanic, and 15% were black.
  • Approximately 15 million institutional (military) personnel were covered by the Veteran's Administration in 2015.
  • The uninsured rate fell from a peak of 18.2% in 2010 to 10.5% by 2015, due primarily to ACA/Obamacare along with improvements in the economy.
  • States that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare had lower uninsured rates than states that did not.
  • Inability to afford insurance was the primary reason cited by persons without coverage (46%).
  • Lack of health insurance is associated with increased mortality, in the range 30-90 thousand deaths per year, depending on the study. This figure is calculated based on 1 additional death per 300-800 persons without health insurance, on a base of 27 million uninsured persons.