14 hours in Berlin- Neue Synagogue + Potsdamer Platz

NEUE SYNAGOGUE

Neue Synagogue

Neue Synagogue

Wow, the dome was marvelous.. You can’t tell, that more than 70 years ago it was set on fire by the nazis and then hit during an aerial bombardment. The entrance to the dome costs 1 euro. The synagogue also houses a museum, an archive, classrooms, administrative offices. If you want to learn more about the building, visit the museum which is on the ground floor. The cost is 3,50 euros (full price). Note, that the museum does not work on Saturdays.

When visiting the synagogue, men are required to wear a head covering. Women can, but they don’t have to.

POTSDAMER PLATZ

In the 1920s and 1930s this was the busiest and one of the most liveliest squares in Europe. More than 90 years later, it is still busy and lively. The Sony center is a very modern addition to the square. You can find anything there- stores,IMAX theater, condominiums, restaurants, Dunkin’ donuts… I actually saw many Dunkin’ Donuts in Berlin… Right across from the Sony center is the Ritz Carlton hotel. That adds even more glamour.

The Sony center is located right next to the Potsdamer Platz railway station. When you come up to the surface, right away, you will see remains of the Berlin wall. So if you don’t feel like going to the East Side Gallery, you can see many remains of the wall all over Berlin.

Potsdamer Platz

Remains of the Berlin wall

On the other side of the Ritz Carlton hotel (same building), you can enter the Panoramapunkt. In 20 seconds you can be on the viewing platform and enjoy breathtaking views of Berlin. In the same building you can enjoy coffee in the Panorama Cafe and sun terrace and an exhibition about the history of Potsdamer Platz.

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