There’s no square in Berlin that’s grander than the Gendarmenmarkt. With the architectural trio that is the Konzerthaus (Concert House), Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) and Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) all surrounding this square, plus the statue of Germany’s renowned poet, Friedrich Schiller at the square’s center, it’s a tough ensemble to beat. You can understand why I badly wanted to take my outfit photos here. I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to because my meetings ended so late. Since I prefer taking photos in broad daylight, my sister and I rushed right over as soon as I finished. We were too late though, the sun had already set. But this proved to be a blessing in disguise because Gendarmenmarkt is even more beautiful at dusk! Just look at my photos below.
After wearing my sister out with the never-ending photos I asked her to take (nicely, of course. *Bats eyelashes*), we walked around a bit to check out the glamorous hotels and restaurants in the area while making our way to the nearby Checkpoint Charlie. We were actually thinking of grabbing something to eat in one of the restaurants first because we heard that the dining options in this area are topnotch. But because it was getting pretty late, we ended up skipping it and went straight to Checkpoint Charlie instead. If I got you interested in the Berlin Wall when I blogged about it a few days ago, then you must be familiar with Checkpoint Charlie already. It’s the most famous border crossing that’s been featured in a lot of spy thrillers and novels. Here foreigners and members of the French, American and British armed forces (Allied forces, in short) register themselves before crossing to East Berlin. It’s also where the US and Soviet tanks once had a standoff in 1961. Now, only replicas of the guardhouse and sign stand here. Real or not, it’s still one of Berlin’s most visited attractions to date–especially considering it’s historical significance. I’m glad my sister and I made our way to this place. It was definitely a night well spent.