From the TV tower that still looms to the stark difference between Unter den Linden and Karl Marx Allee - the capitalist and communist boulevards, West and East Berlin, respectively - there is an undeniable history entrenched in the blood of Berlin. As mentioned before, my hostel is located near the East Side Gallery, in the (now) trendy Fredrichshain neighborhood of the East. When the wall was still up, this was a city for the working class, those kept on the poorer, less prosperous side of the city. Hulking concrete masses of buildings line streets, silent reminders of a past when Trabants were the car of choice on these roads. Today, however, the Fredrichshain neighborhood is one of the liveliest in Berlin, popular with hipsters and professionals alike. A change has been made.
During World War II, Allies and Axis powers bombed each other, each doing their best to weaken a hulking enemy. Just as I noticed the way London was largely rebuilt in some areas during my visit in early October, Berlin bears some scars and alterations, as well. A change has been made.
|Bullet holes in the columns of one of the museums on Museum Island|
|The Memorial to the Victims of War and Torture|
A change has been made.