The “nation” was an invention of the 19th century. These nations created monuments or sites that identified their new perception of themselves. Hmm.
I waited until autumn came and last Saturday I climbed till the top of Berlin Siegessäule or Victory column. Surrounded by Tiergarden. The column is a symbol of the city for more than 130 years. The site was relocated several times and was not always this western part of the city.
Just as info. The “Victory Column” symbolizes the victory of Prussian troops over Denmark in 1864.
I enjoyed the panoramic view and admiring Berlin and Brandenburg Gate from above, but I was mostly surprised by the exhibition at the first level.
The expo was about more famous monuments in Europe and in the World, from the Colosseum in Roma, Tower in Pisa, Eiffel Tower in Paris, until the Big Ben in London, New York and Wall of China.
The information about invention of nations and monuments made me reflect on the need to build or just admire sites.
The nation was an invention of the 19th century. This nations create monuments that identified their new perception of themselves.
I must confess I was not expecting to “travel” and visit so many sites that Saturday. It’s the unexpected little things that make the different in a great day.
First, one monument I see weekly now and I spotted from above. Brandenburg Gate was designed in the style of the ancient city gate of Athens. After 1990 it became a symbol of reunited Germany and is associated with the night the Wall of Berlin fell on the 9th of November 1989.
You can combine your touristic day with a walk in Tiergarten park of course, a visit at Bellevue Palace and a stop at one of the most old bakeries in Berlin. After, with a walk near the river Spree or even a boat tour.
Coffee and cake first
This time I only combined my visit with a walk in Tiergarten and a stop at Konditorei und Cafe Buchwald of the Buchwald family, a beautiful old-fashioned bakery with delicious cakes. I always wanted to visit this bakery, where 160 ago a tower type of cake called Baumkuchen was invented.
Besides Baumkuchen, I secretly hoped to have pumpkin pie, but in the end I left with austrian chocolaty Sachertorte and a delicious strudel.
📌 Victory Column – Großer Stern, 10557 Berlin. Height: 61m. 3 euro entrance ticket
📌 Schloss Bellevue – Spreeweg 1, 10557 Berlin Tiergarden
📌 Cafe Buchwald – Bartningallee 29, 10557 Berlin