Hey Hive Friends,
today we continue with the boat trip we took "through" Berlin on the river Spree. It was a "typical" tourist tour, like you do when you don't have that much time in a city but still want to see all the famous sights. In the middle of our boat tour we went to the government district, after we turned around once in between and went in the opposite direction. Berlin's government district is the area where the most important institutions of the executive branch as well as the legislative branch have their headquarters. Fortunately, it is located directly on the Spree River. What I particularly liked is that here, even if very modern futuristic buildings, also lie next to historic old buildings.
First we passed the historic Reichstag building. Of course I have a lot to tell you about this;)
The Reichstag building is opposite the modern Federal Chancellery. The Reichstag building is the seat of the German Bundestag and one of the most visited sights in Berlin. I have been there before, even inside, but that was many, many years ago.
The Reichstag building is so famous mainly because of its glass dome.
The Reichstag building
The Reichstag building, the seat of the German parliament with a famous glass dome
The Reichstag building was built from 1884 to 1894 according to the plans of Paul Wallot. In just ten years - hardly imaginable today with our airport, what do you say? ;) With the proclamation of the German Empire in 1871, Berlin became the imperial capital. It so happened that the newly formed parliament now needed a seat of government. What I find very interesasnt, is that the architect Wallot wanted to create a representative building and somut different influences into the building design unterbrachte: It was created a representative, but also a monumental building. Elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism were "mixed together".
Even today there is an inscription in the gable "Dem Deutschen Volke". This was not there from the beginning, but was only added in 1916. The dome, by the way, is not the "original" dome, because it was badly damaged during the war, so badly that it had to be blown up. It was not until 1957 that a new dome was built. With it, many features of yesteryear that made up the building were displaced by a new, very mdoer dome. I like the mix of the building very much, especially I find it nice that so many elements from different architectural eras are included. What do you think?
On this picture you can see the Berlin Cathedral. Of him I would like to tell you in the future still ehr to its history, stay curious ;)
The Berlin Cathedral is also very centrally located and can not be overlooked thanks to its distinctive dome. Its history goes back to the Middle Ages.
Most people already know this sight, even if you haven't been to Berlin yet. The work of art shows three men standing in the Spree. In fact, when I was in Berlin (I think I was about 14 years old) I never noticed that there are three men showing the sculpture. I always thought there were two. But no matter from which side you look, you think there are 2. The sculpture symbolizes the reunification of Berlin , so Germany and stands exactly at the intersection of the districts Kreuzberg, Treptow and Friedrichshain.
The sculpture is a full 30 meters high (would you have guessed?), I think it looks smaller. It was created by the American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. Symbolically they represent the meeting of the three former districts Treptow, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Over time, three districts and two boroughs have been added to this site.
This is what the artist says about his artwork:
"[The sculpture is meant to remind us that] both humans and molecules exist in a world of probability, and the goal of all creative and intellectual traditions is to find wholeness and unity within the world."
okay, its a big sculpture;)
modern buildings been build on the spree
Sometimes (no, actually very often) the bridges were so low that every time before we passed under a bridge we were warned not to stand up because of the risk of injury
Here we are already a little deeper in the government district.
The "Bundle of the Union"
In the picture above you can see the Paul-Löbe-Haus. It is a functional building of the German Bundestag in Berlin's government district. It is located in a bend, on the area of the former Alsenviertel at the southern edge of the Spreebogenpark. Paul Löbe was a Reichstag president and age president of the first German Bundestag.
This building also stands out with its large glass window front. It is just a few meters from the Reichstag building. But this building is also kept very modern, like almost all buildings that come after the Reichstag building. This building is also part of the so-called "Bundle of the Union", which connects the two parts of the capital that used to be separated by the Wall across the Spree. So it also has a very symbolic meaning. The "Bundle of the Union" consists of the new chancellery, the Paul Löbe building on the west side of the river and the Marie-Elisabeth Lüders building on the east side.
The architect was given more freedom with the Paul-Löbe House than, for example, with the design of the Reichstag building. There were no guidelines. In the end, however, critics were very satisfied with the Paul-Löbe House. He was often referred to as the powerful "motor of the republic". Appropriate, what do you say?
Here you see the Cube Berlin
The Cube Berlin, a building like a kaleidoscope
The Cube Berlin is one of the buildings that fascinated me the most. It is a cube-shaped office building on Washingtonplatz in the immediate vicinity of Berlin Central Station. It looks very futuristic due to its glass surface. Above all, the reflections and the metallic blue and the square, powerful shape reinforce this impression. The building is part of the 40-hectare Europacity district and completes its southern part.
The width, height and length are each 42.5 meters. The surface of the façade, which is folded inwards, is particularly striking. The façade, designed with folds and creases across the entire surface, reflects the surroundings like a kaleidoscope. That's what fascinated me so much. You first have to come up with the idea of designing a building like this and then implement it so well! These folds allow small terraces inside on each upper floor, but these are only available to the tenants.