Thomas Taranu - My favorite place

For Thomas Taranu the restaurant Borchardt is the favorite place in Berlin. However, this isn't only due to the "delicious meal" but primarily also due to it that his sister works there. And with her he tries to spend much time at all Berlin visits. And he recommends Berlin visitors not only a visit in the restaurant but also a walk over the Kurfürstendamm.

Andreas Toba - My favorite place

"Berlin is cool." Even if Andreas Toba still couldn't substantially go and discover to the capital, some impressions have remained so anyway. Primarily also in comparison with his hometown Hanover Berlin is "so gigantic". There is so much in the town to see - like for example the television tower, the boulevard "Unter den Linden", the Brandenburger Tor. But it has done one of the main attractions to him particularly. Andreas Toba didn't have seen it till now, he would like to look at the German Reichstag. "It is simply interesting to be in the building in which everything is decided over Germany." And the wish is fulfilled perhaps at the next Berlin visit...

Restaurant Borchardt

The origins of the restaurant reach to the foundation of "August F.W. Borchardts wine and delicacy" up to the year 1853. He conceived the "dispatch kitchen" little later. He got not only within Berlin but in the whole German empire and even abroad successful. In the Wilhelminian era Borchardt became a court supplier of the emperor and set standards at menu creations at that time on the occasion of weddings or coronations.

At the time of the German Democratic Republic in the possession of the HO and under another name the restaurant Borchardt was denationalized after the turn, rehabilitates and under his name rich in tradition finally reopens in 1992 - and developed  to a popular meeting place to this day of socialites from politics, economy and culture.

Sources: Borchardt catering, wikipedia

The Reichstag building

The building for the Reichtstag of the German Empire was built according to architectural designs by Paul Wallot and was inaugurated in 1894. The opening session took place on the 10th of December 1894 in the newly built building. Already in 1918 the building became the symbol for the downfall of the German Empire when on the 9th of November 1918 the Republic was proclaimed by Philipp Scheidemann from one of the balconies of the Reichstag building. For the following 14 years the building was the location of the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic.

Shortly after the National Socialists takeover most of the building's interior was destroyed due to arson on the 27th of February 1933. The burning of the Reichstag was regarded as a welcome opportunity to practically abolish all Fundamental Rights of the Weimarer Constitution for the time being with the "Reichtagsbrandverordnung". But the building was meant to become a symbol for the downfall of the Third Reich too, when Soviet soldiers hoisted the red flag on the building during the last few days of the Second World War. During the separation, the Reichstag building became, as the close Brandenburger Tor did too, a symbol for the German separation.

The wall ran along the East side of the building - which is the reason why after the four-power agreement, plenary sessions of the German Bundestag were no longer permitted to take place in the Reichstag building. After the fall of the Berlin Wall the building became a symbol for the German unity when the central celebrations in the night to the 3rd of October 1990 took place in front of the building and the "Fahne der Einheit" ('flag of unity') was hissed in front of the main entrance.

In 1991 the German Bundestag decided on the Reichtstag building as the future seat of parliament and invited to an architectural competition which was won by Norman Foster.

The actual remodelling of the Reichstag building began in 1995, immediately after the wrapping of the building by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude had been in the news worldwide.

The handing over of the keys for the new Reichstag building with its new dome, a new landmark of Berlin, took place in 1999 - in the same year the German Bundestag took up its permanent occupation there.

Who ever wants to  visit the Reichstag building, can contact the German Bundestag's Visitor's Service online.

Quellen: Deutscher Bundestag; Wikipedia