Berlin : First Impressions

Having a rest day after all the mini-trauma of getting here … and quietly settling in as things gently right themselves (lightning-destroyed Internet router finally restored, figured out the Metro, U- and S-Bahn transportation systems followed by an amazing dinner in the Schöneberg suburb, we’re starting to like our shabby-chic place, which is at the centrepoint of most main attractions) … So here, a mix of initial impressions on our first major walkabout in Berlin.

Baroque religious architecture

This is the old Post Office transport department!


The Moorish façade of the New Synagogue, which survived Kristallnacht but was destroyed during World War II and had to be rebuilt.



Left doorway to the Synagogue, right elaborate entrance façade to the heavily guarded Russian Embassy.

Modern street sculptures

Berlin building sites!

Like New York City, Berlin at present is just one big building site.