A City on Wheels

Over the last couple of days, we have visited a number of historical buildings, passed a great number of street artists, and learned how to successfully use transportation in Berlin.

With public transportation networks like buses, trams, and urban/suburban rail lines, it is very practical to live in any large German city or metropolitan area without owning a car. Tourist spots are also filled with non-traditional forms of transportation too, offering locals a unique form of income.

Whether it is painting themselves as a living statue or simply blowing bubbles for kids, some Berliners also use street art in tourist spots as a form of income. In fact, Berlin has a yearly total of about 135 million day visitors, which puts it in third place among the most-visited city destinations in the European Union.

The city is more than 775-years-old, offering a dense array of monuments and landmarks in town for people to explore. Amongst these landmarks, our long-day of excursions included the Berlin Cathedral Church. Famous for its 75-meter-high dome with its old bell from 1532, it is in the 15 top-rated attractions. It is also called the Berliner Dom, short for the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin. Finished in 1905, it is a main work of Historicist architecture of the "Kaiserzeit".

We also explored the The Reichstag building, a historical edifice constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. The large glass dome at the very top of the Reichstag has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape and allowing natural light from above to radiate down the parliament floor.

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