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10553 Berlin, Germany
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The Landwehrkanal is a real piece of history. It was built in the mid 19th century and combines the upper part of the Spree River at the Osthafen (Eastern Harbor) with the lower part at Charlottenburg with its famous palace. On both ends of the canal are locks that control the water depth. Boat tours lead along the canal. Passing through the locks was actually quite time consuming but it was worth it. This part of the city didn't feel like Berlin, it could have been somewhere in the Netherlands. Did you know that after Rosa Luxemburg was executed, she was dumped into the canal? She was the co-founder of the Spartacus League, a Marxist anti-war organisation that wanted to overthrow the government during WWI. Her body was found half a year later.
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Culture and experiences

Topography of Terror
In- and outdoor museum with the longest piece of wall that divided the city
Wall Museum - Checkpoint Charlie
The probably best way to learn about the history of the wall and the attempts to escape
Preußenpark Berlin
If you like Thai and other Asian food you should go there
visit the Turkish markets in this district that is home to many artists

Points of interest

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Check out the ruin of this cathedral, now a memorial against war and destruction
Rotes Rathaus
Berlin's City Hall made of red bricks that covers an entire block
Reichstag/Bundestag (Berlin)
The home of the German Parliament with a lot of history. Tours available but register online
Hackesche Höfe
Complex of connected courtyards with beautiful Art Nouveau facades and interesting shops
This part of the city was and still is the center of the Jewish Community
Nikolaiviertel (Berlin)
The oldest part of Berlin but of course entirely reconstructed

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