Friday, November 9, 2012

My Blue Jays Cap goes to Alexanderplatz

The weather here in Berlin has been pretty grey this past week, making for some unspectacular photo ops with the Cap.  Fortunately I took advantage of one of the nicer days to head down to Alexanderplatz.

My Jays cap at the Weltzeituhr, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
Alexanderplatz is the major city square that was part of East Berlin.  The East Germans decided to erect their Fernsehturm (literally, TV Tower) to make sure that they could broadcast their socialist message to their people, as well as the Westerners.  I've heard it referred to as the disco ball.

Also in the picture is what's called the "Weltzeituhr" (literally, "world time clock") which is basically a list of "hours" (the numbers), with a map and cities from the world.  Sadly, Toronto isn't on it (but Montreal is).

Since the reunification of Germany in 1990, Alexanderplatz has become the major transportation hub of the city.  It's a big tourist draw and hosts, in the vicinity, major hotels, department stores, a major shopping mall, movie theatres (unfortunately, for the English films with no subtitles you have to go to Potsdamer Platz) and several Christmas Markets (very popular in Germany and Protestant Europe) which should start popping up any day now.  Despite its popularity and centrality, major civic celebrations are not held there.  They're usually held at the Brandenburg Gate, which will be featured soon.

I'm off to Amsterdam for the weekend, so you might see the cap checking out some canals soon!

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