|The Ampelmannchen - Berlin's beloved symbols on crossing light|
|The Brandenburg Gate - the entryway to the boulevard of linden trees|
|Up the "Beanpole" a television tower with panoramic vistas of the city|
Last February, we were contacted by Hans with a quick request for our full names and birthdates. Hans said it was for a surprise. We couldn't figure that one out, but when presented with the opportunity to tour the Reichstag, the German parliament building, we were delighted. Entering the building was by appointment only; the reason we needed to be registered for the tour. What a slick operation. After going through security and showing our passports and having our purses scanned, we entered an elevator, were given headsets and instructed to head into the beehive. What a fete of German engineering. We were given the history of Berlin and Germany in about a 45 minute tour. As we walked up the beehive, we were instructed where to stop and where to look - a quick way to pack in the information. The parliament actually sits in a room under the hive. The hive is open to the elements at the top where air is let in and adjusted to best benefit those inside. Truly amazing.
|Inside the beehive... the parliament sits in the room below this glass floor.|
|The Beehive - Inside the old architecture sits this structure.|