Passport to the World over 64 years. Pages from my Travel Diary
Thursday the 10th. of June and several days thereafter. 1994. Back to Berlin, the Wall is now down.
I have come back to Berlin for the first time since 1963, and it is a totally different place, the wall is down, except segments have been kept for history. The best known, a 1.3 kilometre long, East Side Gallery, located between Warchauer Strasse and the Hauptbahnhof, it contains 106 paintings by artists from around the world, and is the largest open air gallery, world wide.
In talking to people on the famous Kurfurstendamm, and outside the Zoo Station about the reunion of East and West, I get the impression that those who lived in the old West, may resent all the money being poured in to rehabilitate the old East. They feel that their life style and quality of life is being downgraded through this amalgamation.
Only the broken West Tower was left standing, a new ogtagonal church was built alongside this existing tower, and a free standing hexagonal bell tower is built on the site of the nave of the original church.
I took a bus to Potsdam, and then come back by ferry, on board I talk to a lady teacher who had been isolated behind the wall in East berlin, she pointed out an old church which was banned and unused during the Communist reign. She is delighted it is back in use.
Berlin is a modern, exciting city and my second visit was most enjoyable, but it was time to move on, next stop Paris.
Back to travel diary index