During my recent daytrip to Berlin, I took the opportunity to have a walk through sunny – and empty – Berlin. The comparably short stroll through the government district of the German capital had quite some unique experiences, so that I felt to simply share them with you in this Pictured Story. Enjoy the major size pictures and don’t miss the lack of text too much.
Berlin Government District – Location & Transport
The map below shows the position of the Reichstag, the home of the German parliament, the Bundestag. It feels a bit of a philosophical discussion whether the Reichstag or maybe the (more famous, but not governmental meaning) Brandenburg Gate is the heart of the area. I walked from Berlin Main Station along the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate to the Nazi memorial and the Topographie des Terrors exhibition, which illustrates the importance of that area during the Nazi era. Overall, the walk took me not longer than 30 minutes, even though I made a couple of breaks.
The area is very well connected. The Hauptbahnhof / Main Station of course offers national and international connections. The Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and Potsdamer Platz station connect to the U-Bahn (Underground) and S-Bahn (commuter rail). There is also an underground station right in front of the Paul-Löbe-Haus, which hosts offices and the visitor center of the German parliament.
My Walk Through the Berlin Government District
My trip started at Berlin Main Station, crossing the Spree river immediately. You got the Bundeskanzleramt, the office of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the embassy of Switzerland on the right. On the left, right next to the underground station, the Paul-Löbe-Haus is an office building for the members of parliament (which even comes with a small kindergarten).
One of the key attractions of the walk was of course to pass the Reichstag, which is hosting the Bundestag (the German parliament) nowadays. From there I headed South, passing a memorial for people who have died at the Berlin Wall.
Special Times at the Brandenburg Gate
Apart from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is likely the most iconic building in the governmental district of Berlin. It has been actually the very first time I walked through the gate in my whole life. It is possible since the German reunion in 1990 – but it is full of people (also vendors and similar ones bothering all the time) that I never made it. In April 2021, it has been that relaxed – definitely will not forget that experience.
Passing a couple of embassies and the luxury stay Hotel Adlon, my next stop was the Holocaust Memorial or Denkmal für die ermodeten Juden Europas (“Jews murdered in Europe Memorial”), which also comes with a very remarkable architecture. A sign with some documentation reminded me that I passed the area of the former Führerbunker (Adolf Hitler’s bunker in Berlin), before heading to the Topographie des Terrors museum about the Nazi times in Berlin.