Gaily graffiti-ed sections of the Berlin Wall are positioned here as a tourist attraction too. More on the Wall later.
On our first full day we took in a couple of the city's main attractions. We skimmed the edge of the Tiergarten – Berlin's huge rectangular urban park – and saw the memorial to the Holocaust's homosexual victims. It's a big rectangular solid, the edge of which you can see in the inset photo.
Our walk took us to the famous Brandenburg Gate. Note: not everyone we saw in Berlin looked as intently mean as the people in the photo below. Though I will say Berliners in general are fairly pushy, which doesn't mean unfriendly, and I actually like cities like that, as they remind me of Gotham.
We then paid a visit to the Reichstag. It's free to visit this huge, stately building, still used by the government today, but we had made online reservations for a specific day and time, as things are tightly controlled here. If you go, bring your passport! We hadn't, and were given a stern lecture before being admitted. It's grim, but still a reality: It is disconcerting to receive a stern lecture in a German accent.
Inside, you're crowded into a large elevator and taken up to the lower viewing deck surrounding the great glass dome:
You can view the city from every direction:
Inside the dome you can walk up a ramp to the upper viewing deck for even better angles on the sprawling city below, but the geometry of the dome offers its own interesting view: