Day 2 - Warnemunde - Berlin Wall - Check-Point Charlie

Arriving at the port of Warnemunde as the sun is rising.


A modern industrial port.


After a quick breakfast, we walk from the ship to the nearby station to take the train to Berlin.


The journey across the rural German countryside reveals wind farms that catch the Baltic breezes.


Some wind turbines are massive.


Arriving in Berlin, we transfer from train to tour bus. Our first stop, the Berlin Wall.


Erected in 1961, opened in 1989, German re-unification in 1990, wall restored in 2009.


Capturing the moment.


The Berlin Wall Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990. One of the most famous paintings depicts Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing his East German counterpart Erich Honecker.


Another political statement on the wall - people depicted in white robes wearing gas masks.


"Many small people who, in many small places do many small things, can alter the face of the world."


The Berlin Wall measured 103 miles in length and stood 12 feet tall and, at its peak, held 302 watchtowers and 20 bunkers.


Much of the wall is now covered in graffiti. This view is from the east side of the wall. On the other side are the River Spree and the Oberbaum Bridge.


Oberbaumbrücke. The Oberbaum Bridge is a double-deck bridge crossing the River Spree. It links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, former boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and has become an important symbol of Berlin's unity.


The bridge's twin towers, based on the Brick Gothic Mitteltorturm in Prenzlau,


Seagull perch.


The west side of the wall.


An interesting work.


New art near the wall.


Our tour guide and her assistant with Nancy. We were bus number 1 (of about 16). Time to drive to our lunch spot.


Telecommunications tower along the way.


We pass the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral).


Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is Berlin’s largest and most important Protestant church, as well as the sepulchre of the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty. First built in 1465 as a parish church on the Spree River it was only finally completed in 1905 under the last German Kaiser - Wilhelm II.


The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt square in the central Mitte district, housing the German orchestra Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


Front view.


Nancy, Mary Lou, and Norm - at our lunch spot. We were served a traditional German meal.


Our happy beirmeister.


After lunch, a visit to Checkpoint Charlie.


Today a tourist spot.


Two German dudes, dressed as American soldiers, will pose with you for pictures.

See the pics of Potsdam, Sans Souci, and the Brandenburg Gate on the Afternoon of Day 2. Or return to the Main Menu to see something else.