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Berlin – explore the capital by car
The city that never sleeps – Berlin, capital and seat of government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The centre of the city is home to numerous sights, easily accessible and ideally located. With a car from TUI Cars you can get there quickly and flexibly. The Holocaust Memorial is just a stone’s throw away from the Brandenburg Gate: a corrugated area with some 2711 grey concrete slabs. Not far away lie the Reichstag building and the Chancellery.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 Berlin has radiated a spirit of optimism – particularly in the east of the city where the neighbourhoods of Hackesche Höfe and Friedrichshain are home to vibrant cultural scenes. But not only is the centre of Berlin rich in places to explore, the surrounding countryside, too, entices visitors to go on a voyage of discovery.
If you are traveling in a hire car in Germany and want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, a trip to the region around Berlin is a good idea. The film studios in Babelsberg or the Wannensee near Potsdam are only a short hop away by car. Numerous car rental companies that cooperate with TUI Cars are located in the city and offer a full range of economic hire cars in Berlin. Go to TUICars.com to quickly and easily select, book and arrange to pick up a car at the respective car rental office.
One of the most popular sights of Berlin is Checkpoint Charlie, a former border crossing between the Soviet and American sectors. Back in the day, this border crossing could only be crossed by East German officials, allied military and embassy staff, foreigners and employees of the Permanent Representation of West Germany in that sector of Berlin that belonged to East Germany. On 27 October 1961, ten weeks after the building of the Wall, there was a dangerous incident in which Soviet and American tanks faced off. Fortunately, they did not open fire. The actual Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled shortly before reunification and later replaced by a faithful replica.
Documents of the division of Germany and reports of dramatic escape attempts are exhibited in the Mauermuseum, the building next to Checkpoint Charlie. Experience Checkpoint Charlie close up in an economic hire car from TUI Cars. Whizz through the former checkpoints between East and West Berlin in a cheerful convertible.
The Reichstag was completed in 1894 by the architect Wallot. To represent the diverse cultural heritage within the German Empire Wallot wanted to develop a new national architectural style with elements from the Italian High Renaissance, the German Renaissance and the Neo-Baroque in combination with steel and glass structures. After the great fire in the Reichstag in 1933, which destroyed a large part of the original building, the dome was provisionally restored and used for an exhibition to present Albert Speer’s plans for Germania, a new metropolis.
After German reunification in1990 Sir Norman Foster, who designed the impressive glass dome, managed and completed the restoration of the Reichstag in 1999. Already in 1995 the building attracted considerable international attention when Christo wrapped the entire Reichstag in a silver shining fabric. The building including the dome is open for sightseeing and always worth a visit by car.