I really enjoyed Gendarmenmarkt, but because of the time limit, I had to move on to the next object.
I made a little shortcut to Bebelplatz by going along side St. Hedwig’s Cathedral on Hedwigskirchgasse. When I made it to Bebelplatz, all I saw was construction sites. The building opposite of the Humboldt University Faculty of Law was completely covered. That was a bit disappointing.. Because of the construction, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral was also almost covered. It was only possible to take a picture of the top half of the cathedral or else all of the equipment would have been in the frame.
As I was crossing the street to get a better view of the main building of the Humboldt University, 4 helicopters were making circles above Bebelplatz. The first idea that popped into my head was that the Berlin police were looking for some criminal! Wow, I’m really creative!! I still have no idea why they were flying around..
The main building is really nice. The sculptures of Wilhelm von Humboldt make the building even more attractive. I got the feeling, that the Germans are very proud of their university.
Right next to the Humboldt University is Neue Wache (New Guard House). It was originally built as a guardhouse for the troops of the Crown Prince of Prussia, but since 1931, the building has been used as a war memorial. In 1931 is was known as the “Memorial for the Fallen of the War”. After the German Reunification, Neue Wache was rededicated as the “Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Tyranny”.
Inside you will see a sculpture called Mother with her Dead Son. The oculus is directly above the sculpture.
The outside of Neue Wache sort of reminds me of the Pantheon in Rome.
More photos HERE!!
Read the about my visit to the Reichstag + Brandenburg Gate!