Thinking of Berlin today after yesterday's attack on the Christmas market in the Breitscheidplatz yesterday.
I visited that place last summer. It's right next to the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on the Kurfürstendam. Below are all my photos except where noted.
The church was built by Kaiser Wilhelm II as a memorial for his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I, and as part of his campaign to turn Berlin into a national capital and focus for a German national loyalty to replace local and regional loyalties. It was built from 1891 to 1895.
An air raid in 1943 destroyed the church.
In the foreground is the site of the Gestapo headquarters in Berlin. The building was torn down after the war, but its site remains vacant and is now a memorial to the Gestapo's victims.