On Sundays sit in the grass at Mauer Park, drink beer and listen to karaoke.
The East Side Galley is the longest stretch of the Berlin wall that remains today. It is covered in beautiful murals from artists from all over the world including this well-know and controversial image of two soviet leaders kissing! A must see while in Berlin.
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Berlin is an absolutely spectacular city full of rich culture and history. It is ever-changing, evolving, and as the author Karl Scheffler had said, “always in the process of becoming”.
The best place to see and experience the Berlin culture is in the Mitte, the core of the city, and Prenzlauberg (better known as P’berg) is always an ideal place to stay and begin my excursion. I so enjoy just exploring the beautiful streets filled with the grand turn-of-century architecture and wonderful selection of shops that are corky and uniquely Berlin.
Brunches are a must, especially at one of the outdoor cafes/restaurants around Kolwitz Platz, and on a beautiful summer morning, it seems as if the entire neighborhood is out and about.
Then, I like to head out to one of the numerous museums/attractions which are uniquely Berlin: the Museum of History (by I.M. Pei), the Jewish Museum (by...
If I could recommend only one thing from my time in Berlin, this would be it!
It is probably the most amazing art exhibit I have ever seen. Christian Boros and his wife bought this WWII bunker to display their private collection of contemporary Berlin-based artists. Each piece of art is impeccably displayed in concert with the building itself and the other works surrounding it. They are currently closed to install the second set of their collection, but willbe reopening on September 2012. The gallery can be seen only with reservation for a private tour (only 10 euro) in English or German. You can find more information and make an appointment www.sammlung-boros.de
Two must-sees on the Kurfürstendamm Street in Berlin are the KaDeWe department store (with its foodie-heaven top floor) and the remaining spire of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The structure is all that remains of the original 1890 era church after a 1943 bombing raid on Berlin in World War II.
Left in its bombed out condition as a memorial, the spire is a powerful sight to behold… when you can see it. On a recent trip to Berlin I decided to walk by one more time. As I know the location well, I thought my mind was playing tricks on me when it seemed to have vanished.
As it turns out, repair and conservation work is being done on the spire. Rather than to clutter the view with scaffolding and out of safety concerns, the city opted to hide the old church behind a temporary façade, resembling a “modern office building”.
Imagine going to Paris and seeing a big square box where the...
A special antique shop in Berlin named The Bibiotheca Culinaria devoted to second hand cookery and baking books from around the world. The German owner personally greets you at the door and offers you a coffee while showing you some of his favorite and hard to find recipes!
The stunning, mixed-style architectural beauty that is the Berliner Dom is perhaps best viewed at night. After darkness descends on the city and the lights illuminate the emerald domes of the church, located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough, one may lose some of the other details of the facade but the building takes on its most reverent yet unpretentious mask. See it during the day but definitely don't miss it during the nacht!
Kreuzberg is a full of playful street art and murals. The borough is home to a large Turkish and immigrant population as well a the left-wing, art community.
Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers at the Gendarmenmarkt. Quality and unique chocolate from handmade truffles to pralines. Even for those of you without a sweet tooth, well worth a visit as they have on display incredible chocolate creations of historical sites in Berlin. Try the dark chocolate with red peppercorns, it's a non-traditional balance of flavors (Edel-Bitterschokolade mit rosa Pfeffer - is the name of this chocolate in German!)
My sister and wandered into this empty ballroom next to a bustling bar in Mitte. Turns out, this haunting space is still used as a venue for shows and performance art.
No place embodies the dramatic changes that Berlin has gone through in the last two decades and foretells its future like the Kunsthaus Tacheles.
At the top of the famous Ka De We shopping plaza in Berlin there's an amazing food section. You'll find artisan chocolates, fresh baked pastries, restaurants, wine shops, and even cleverly tanned apples! We had so much fun browsing and sampling the special Christmas treats.
With only my nose peeking from my scarf, the smell of toasted almonds, melting sugar, and mulled wine warmed all my senses. Christmas in Berlin made me feel 5 years old all over again and I had the revelation, “This is what Christmas carols are all singing about”. Walking along Potsdamer Platz’s Christmas Market, the first thing that grabbed me was the amazing smelling food, next it was the carefully made crafts and then- the wine!
The crowd drew me in because wherever there’s a crowd, there’s something delicious. Steam drifted off the top of the copper pots as I watched them carefully stir in spices. Served in a little mug it was the perfect beverage to keep you warm cheerful. Now no Christmas is complete without Glühwein! While it’ll never be as good as the original, I usually make some variation of this:
A bottle of cheap dry red wine
2/3 cup of raw cane sugar or white sugar
The architecture in Berlin doesn't so much blend together as old and new careens into each other with a crash. The Reichstag is a perfect example. Don't get me wrong, I love it but there is nothing gentle about it. Neo-classical buildings with jagged stainless steel and glass angles hanging of the top like free climbers. Dramatic and edgy. It's a young town in the sense that the whole of Berlin East/West is just 22 years young since the fall of the wall. The city has exploded in an architectural melee. Enjoy. MW. .
The Kino is a movie theater in Mitte, Berlin that was built in the 1960s and run by the GDR. The theater has a mesmerizing undulating ceiling and some shimmery curtains.
I went back for a week in Berlin just 3 days after graduating from College. I went on an evening walk after buying some music. A nice Russian women took this picture. Traveling alone means you don't get a lot of pictures of yourself to prove you were actually there. I needed at least one.
The original 1791 peaceful message of the Brandenburg Gate was distorted by the Nazis into a symbol of their own power and later by the Soviets as a symbol of the Berlin Wall East/West division.
Today, sitting unobtrusively on the right side of the popular tourist attraction (as observed from the “front of the horse chariot side”) is the little known “Room of Silence” where visitors can reflect on the history of Berlin and the original peaceful meaning of the archway.
Few tourists or Berliners are aware this room exists. It can be your “little best-kept secret”. Enter the door highlighted by the arrow in the photo. While a donation is appreciated, there is no pressure to pay anything. After walking through a small greeting area, you will enter the “Room of Silence”, just large enough for 15-20 chairs and a couple of kneeling cushions, all facing a gently glowing light.
Simply enter the...
Near the Berlin Gate is a wonderful place to just sit and relax. The area is full of street performers and coffee shops. Also, just beyond the gate lies the unforgettable Reichstag. Definitely not a part of the city to overlook.
Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg is a great gem of a park hidden in Berlin. The park is located on a small hill and is easy to get to with public transporation.
There's a beer garden at the top of the hill with great views of the city. The western side of the hill is popular with sunbathers and there's even a small oasis in the center—a waterfall and stream where you can go to cool off.