After the unification of Berlin, there was a short time of courage in which a new representation of the German democracy was built. This tour shows the best perspectives on these new government buildings, and how to capture them in a short walk. A short description of the architecture will be given, too.
Reichstag, Spreebogen, Paul-Löbe-Haus, Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Chancellory, Central Station
We'll start on the north side of Marschallbrücke, next to the Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, on Luisenstraße.
Reaching the starting point is easy: Take the S-Bahn to the Central Station and either go by foot along the Spree river until you reach the starting point or take U55 until Bundestag and pass between Paul-Löbe-Haus and Reichstag until you reach Marschallbrücke.
If you're travelling from southern direction, take the S-Bahn until Brandenburger Tor, change to U55 and exit at Bundestag. Then pass between Paul-Löbe-Haus and Reichstag until you reach Marschallbrücke.
Bus-stop Marschallbrücke of Bus line TXL is suspended during summer 2016. Otherwise it is the easiest way to reach the starting point as the bus stops directly in front of it.
Places to stop along the way:
There are two cool places to relax along the path, a modern one and a traditional one.
If you go down to the Spree river in front of the central station, a few meters from the Central Station you will reach a "beach bar" where you can hang out listening to techno music and looking over the Spree. Don't forget to wave to the passing ships that are full of tourists.
Later on in the tour there is a traditional Biergarten where you can sit and have a beer and talk to each other. This is real German "Gemütlichkeit"!
Best time to walk:
There are no restrictions to walking this tour. However, the best light is in the evening before sunset. If you walk after sunset your pictures may be even more spectacular, but don't forget to bring a tripod.
The tour is easy to walk. There is nearly no traffic, although German bicycle riders are quite quick, so be cautious. There are reports of pickpockets, but the tour doesn't go through crowded places. Just be careful, as you would in any touristic place.
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