Final images of the Berlin update... the boy certainly saw a heap in the two half days he had to look around. These images, in and around the Reichstag building cupola.
Almost there guys.... a view of some amazing parts of Berlin, both new and old architecture... one more post of Berlin to go...
Well, its was going to be a light meal at one of the best places on the island... but alas the menu beat us! Absolutely yummy food and drinks. The venue... well iconic, weather and staff ... both great... and thanks to Marcus the manager for making it a great night.
The Reichstag building in Berlin was constructed to house the Reichstag, the first parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire supposedly set by Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe, who was later beheaded for the crime. That verdict has been a subject of controversy over the years. The National Socialist German Workers Party used this event as casus belli to begin a purge of traitors in Berlin and to ban the Communist Party of Germany.
The building remained in ruins until the reunification of Germany, when it underwent reconstruction led by internationally renowned architectNorman Foster. After its completion in 1999, it became the meeting place of the modern German parliament, the Bundestag.
The Reichstag as a parliament dates back to the Holy Roman Empire and ceased to act as a true parliament in the years of the Nazi regime (1933–1945). In today's usage, the German term Reichstag or Reichstagsgebäude (Reichstag building) refers to the building, while the term Bundestag refers to the institution.
Well we have decided at the very last minute to take a quick break away.... we are currently in Bali, where its warm and balmy... and lushious.