WartimeNI visit to Berlin 2017

30th October 2017

Berlin is a wonderful city to explore for anyone but particularly for those interested in World War Two. My visit in October 2017 took in these sights.

In October 2017, I visited Berlin, Germany to enjoy the music, sport, culture and history of Germany's capital city. There is much to see and do in the city for those with an interest in World War Two.

At 0720hrs on Sunday 22nd October 2017, I left Belfast International Airport in Co. Antrim. Northern Ireland’s main airport was once RAF Aldergrove, a busy airfield throughout the war. The destination was Schoenefeld Airport on the outskirts of Berlin. From there, it was onwards by train to the famous Friedrichstrasse Station.

The Reichstag, Berlin

The Reichstag in Berlin is the seat of the German Parliament. It was the site of a fire on 27th February 1933, one month after Adolf Hitler came to power. Photo taken on 22nd October 2017.

Day Two

I spent the second day in Berlin on foot, taking a tour around the Mitte district and visiting many stunning World War Two era sites.

Friedrichshain Demolished Bunker

Bundesarchiv Image 183-M1203-316. The debris pile under construction around the demolished bunker in Friedrichshain, Berlin. Photo by Otto Donath in August 1949.

There is so much to see and do in Berlin, especially if you’re interested in the history of World War Two or the Cold War. My visit in October 2017 covered a lot of ground but I will return someday to visit more of the beautiful German capital.

Still on my must-see list is the Wannsee Conference Centre, the Luftwaffe Museum at Gatow, and Templehofer Feld. If you know of anywhere else I should visit, please get in touch.

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