Pergamon is the ancient-civilization museum. The Germans bought the
ancient city of Pergamon from Turkey and hauled it back block by
block by block. They took out the ancient site and rebuilt it
inside the museum. If you love antiquities and all the BC stuff,
it's just amazing. What I love is the Bauhaus Museum. I went there
the first time, the second time, the third time, the fourth time. I
always go there. It has photographs, art pieces - all from the
Bauhaus school. It's in a building that was the original Bauhaus
building, built by a famous architect. That's definitely worth
seeing. It's just a small museum.
Where else do you have to go every trip?
I went around the city, and I just remember seeing the Reichstag,
the outside clearly. The Reichstag is fabulous now. It was the seat
of parliament. Before Hitler came to power, there was a fire at the
Reichstag, and he blamed it on the Communists. That was his excuse
for getting rid of parliament [and firmly establishing Nazi rule].
Parliament never met there again. The Reichstag remained empty.
During the war, it was bombed and destroyed, then it was used
throughout the 1960s, when the wall was up, for demonstrations and
things like that. No one had ever been inside. Right before they
renovated, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped it in silver in 1995 -
they did one of those installations - and it was pretty fabulous.
The renovation on it, which is amazing, was finished in 1999. It
has the fabulous view of all of Berlin, because there really wasn't
anything built much higher than it.
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