"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
Those words, trumpeted in 1987 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate, separating East and West Berlin, served as a capstone to the West’s long efforts to reunite a divided Germany. Twenty-nine months later, on November 9, 1989, East Germany opened the gate, and a reunited country dismantled the Berlin Wall, which had divided the people since 1961.
Vibrant, important and fascinating, Berlin is a global leader in architecture, fashion, industry and art. It’s a city best explored with an AutoVenture private driver and guide: Not only will your host ensure that you gain a better understanding of the city’s past, but you’ll also come away dazzled by Berlin’s beauty, nightlife and grandeur.
Your knowledgeable AutoVenture guide will help you explore the best of Kurfurstendamm, one of Europe’s great shopping boulevards. You’ll learn about the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which provides a stark contrast between a church tower blasted by war next to a beautiful, rebuilt, hexagonal bell tower — symbolizing the nation’s fortitude and hope.
Other sites include the Reichstag, Olympic Stadium and the Siegessäule (Victory Column), which is a favorite barbecue and picnic spot. In the eastern part of the city, your AutoVenture guide will introduce you to the Friedrichstrasse shopping district, which also includes Check Point Charlie — an important Cold War site. You won’t want to miss Potsdam Gardens and Square, and explore the city’s amazing chocolate shops and beer gardens.
For history buffs, Berlin offers an unending feast of unforgettable monuments, museums and landmarks. But an AutoVenture excursion brings you closer to the culture, and provides you a better appreciation of what Berlin is today. For those unfamiliar with Berlin, an AutoVenture guided tour is the surest way of getting closest to the culture, and of capturing an unforgettable land.