Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel
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Click on above photo to view it in large format: Government building, part of the Bundeskanzleramt (the German chancellery) in Berlin, seen during a cruise on the River Spree. Note the skywalk at the upper left, which leads across the river to the main complex.

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Click on above photo to view it in large format: Designed in 1697, the moats, lake, pathways, and geometric gardens at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin are free for all to roam. Largely destroyed during World War II, the gardens were reconstructed in their original Baroque style between 1957 and 1970.

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Click on above photo to view it in large format: A River Spree Cruise offers great views of the architecture of Berlin, including this one with the TV Tower in the background, which, at 368 meters (1,207 feet) high, is the tallest structure in Germany. An observation deck in the “ball” offers great views of Berlin.

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Click on above photo to view it in large format: Among others, the neoclassical Mausoleum at Charlottenburg Palace holds the crypts of Queen Luise, Wilhelm I and his wife Augusta, Frederick William III, and Prince Albert of Prussia.

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Click on above photo to view it in large format: Constructed in Baroque and Rococo styles, the 17th century Charlottenburg Palace was originally built by Sophie Charlotte, wife of Friedrich III, who became King of Prussia in 1701. The royal residence was badly damaged by bombing during WW2, but has since been restored and is a major tourist attraction in Berlin.

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Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Berlin Wall Memorial, on Bernauer Strasse in the center of Berlin, allows visitors to see a preserved portion of the wall, as well as a portion of the no-man’s land, where soldiers patrolled around the clock to ensure that East Berliners did not escape to the West. The park features interactive towers with videos and recordings of notable events that occurred during the Cold War, as well as a photo gallery honoring the people who died trying to escape.