In Berlin's divided days this building was known to East Germans as the Tränenpalast or Palace of Tears. Before the wall went up, East and West Berliners could easily travel through the city via the Friedrichstraße station. In fact, many East Germans used the S-bahn to escape into the West. Once the wall went up, visitors were forced to leave the Soviet Sector through this departure hall which became the scene of many sad farewells. Today it's a museum where East Germans have given first-hand accounts of what it was like to use this departure hall or how they escaped. It is really interesting and well-done and the most amazing part is that it's free!
I am glad Friday is finally here! I hope you've got something exciting planned for the weekend. I am going to see a classical music concert at the Franzosicher Dom and I'll definitely be bringing my camera! Be sure to visit Weekend Reflections to see more reflections from around the world.