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Travel To Relax – Berlin, Germany Brandenburg Gate and Museum Island

Berlin, Germany Brandenburg Gate and Museum IslandThe Brandenburg Gate
is a glorious reminder that long before the birth of
modern Germany in 1871, the country of Prussia was
the leading German state and a European power. Its capital was Berlin. While it’s seen plenty of war,
the Brandenburg Gate was designed as
an arch of peace, crowned by a majestic
four-horse chariot with the Goddess of Peace
at the reins. Berlin is built around
a historic axis.

500 Years ago, this boulevard
was just a carriageway connecting the Prussian
emperor’s palace in the city center
with his hunting grounds, today’s sprawling park —
the Tiergarten. The home stretch of that axis
leading to the palace was Unter den Linden. This leafy boulevard, named for its Linden trees,
was, in its day, the Champs-Elyses
of Central Europe. With the reign of Prussian
emperor Frederick the Great in the 1700s, Berlin became
a world-class capital.

Frederick was part of a dynasty
which ruled Prussia and then Germany until
the end of World War I. In order to compete
with Austria, France, and Russia, all of which had
lots more people, Prussia became a virtual
military boot camp. It raised Europe’s
largest army, Berlin was
a military metropolis, and goose-stepping was in. Voltaire said,
“Some countries have an army, and in Prussia,
the army has a country.” Today, Frederick the Great looks out intently
over grand buildings which symbolized his reign.

A man of the Enlightenment, his vision was to create
not just a military power but a land of high culture —
a new Rome. Under Frederick, Humboldt University
was instituted as the leading German center
of higher learning, where Marx and Lenin would study
and Albert Einstein would teach. To underline
the focus on culture, an impressive ensemble
of purpose-built museums filled Berlin’s Museum Island. Galleries here feature
art through the ages, from Egypt and Ancient Greece to Romantic Age art that celebrates
German nationalism.

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Before 1871,
Germany was fragmented, a disorganized collection of
little German-speaking dukedoms and kingdoms,
but a unification movement was growing and artists
and intellectuals here were all about
legitimizing the notion that Germany should be a single,
independent nation. The old National Gallery is filled with paintings from
the Romantic 19th century which made that case powerfully. Dreamy castles harken back to
Germany’s misty medieval roots. Heroic struggles were waged
for the Fatherland.

German cities were idealistic, ***-fearing centers
of high culture. And Romantic patriots
dreamed of a land where German-speaking people could raise their
beautiful children true to their heritage..

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