"We drive into town, past the Bundestag, the Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz."

 

The Reichstag building, from the west
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Reichstag building, from the west - Credit: Daniel Schwen

The Reichstag building is now home to the Bundestag (the term refers to the institution, rather than the building). Norman Foster's dome makes a statement of political transparency, and offers spectacular views of Berlin.

Potsdamer Platz has long been an important public square in Berlin, but after its destruction in World War II it was left desolate and ruined throughout the Cold War era. In a stark reversal, it is now something of a western, consumerist's dream.

Setting up for a film premiere at The Sony Centre in the revamped Potsdamer Platz
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumSetting up for a film premiere at The Sony Centre in the revamped Potsdamer Platz - Credit: Susannah Worth