take a walk when the sun sets....
take a walk when the sun sets. Start at the Ernst Reuter square and walk across the 17. Juni street, eastwards, towards the Victory Column (Siegesäule). The zoo garden park is around you. See the column and continue towards the Brandenburger gate but before it, do not miss (well, actually you cannot miss it, it jumps to eye) a russian army monument on the left.
Imagine being German and having to see this monument your whole life ...
At the Br. gate turn to the left to see the Reichstag. Does the Reichstag fire mean anything to you?
Continue, beyond the gate, across the Unter den Linden street. You are entering the Eastern sector, did you notice sth. on the buildings? Oh, yes, they are 'different', aren't they?
Keep going, keep going across the Karl Liebnecht street until the Alexanderplatz. Take a good look of the hotel on the square (sorry, I do not remember the name). Is this what you would call 'socialistic' architecture.
Visit the television tower and go up. The cafeteria on the top rotates slowly giving a wonderful view of the city. Isn't it magnificent?
Don't go yet. Have a short walk around Alexanderplatz. You are deep into the eastern sector now, check out the streets, the houses, there is a theater somewhere too. Find a small restaurant to eat sth typically german, not in the tourist way but just like the Germans, there are no tourists there.
You are free now. Can you go to bed? Alexanderplatz.
Spooky Subway Rides before 1989
Definitely my spookiest memory: Sitting in the subway when Berlin was still divided into East and West. The trains were allowed to pass through the East German stations, but of course they didn't stop and the stations were closed off and dark. As soon as the wall was built nobody was allowed to get into the subway stations anymore.
It was a really strange feeling to go through them and to know that noone living in East Germany could get here. Sometimes you could see people working down there - one person was working, two were watching him to make sure he wouldn't escape. The subway stations still looked (and probably smelled) like before the division of Germany.
This memory of this still sends me shivers down my spine....
Museum für Kommunikation - See the Blue Mauritius
We did not plan to have a look at the Museum of Communication. We just happened to pass at this impressive building on our way from Checkpoint Charlie to Gendarmenmarkt, and I thought it would be more interesting to walk through Mauerstraße than Friedrichstraße LOL
The building at the corner of Mauerstraße and Leipziger Straße is, as said, spectacular. It was built from 1893 to 1897, and profoundly restored from 1996 to 2000. The museum was founded as the world’s first post museum, and opened in 1898 as the successor of a museum at another location, founded in 1872.
Some exhibits remind strongly of this past, for example you can admire the legendary Blue Mauritius stamp, the first telephones invented by Philipp Reis, and robots. In interactive zones you can test some methods of communication. In multi-media areas you get an introduction into the central issues of the history and the means of communication. And just one thing: I have studied sciences of communications before the multi-media and internet age, and this was definetely more boring than this museum ;-)
During World War II most of the exhibits were kept at a safe place and after the war taken to Frankfurt where the Bundespostmuseum was founded. The building in East Berlin was superficially restored and used as a postmuseum. In West Berlin they opened a Berlin post and telecommunications museum in 1966. After the reunification and the restoration of the East Berlin building to its former glory the two Berlin museums were reunited.
On the internet you will find a virtual tour of the museum in English. The museum also has a shop and a restaurant.
Open Tue – Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 10am – 6pm
Entry fee 3 Euro, children up to 15 years free
Guided tours, phone (030) 202 94 204
Leipziger Straße 15, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
U-Bahn U2 and U6 Stadtmitte, U2 Mohrenstraße
If you come from Checkpoint Charlie, cross Zimmerstraße, Mauerstraße is a diagonal street to the left of Friedrichstraße.
The largest of parliamentary buildings
On the southern bank of Spree River close to Branderburg Gate there were these new and modern buildings on my picture.
They formed northern part of Jakob-Kaiser House - the largest of the Bundestag’s new parliamentary buildings where members of the presidium of the Bundestag, its administrators, and representatives of the parties are accommodated. In real the Jakob-Kaiser House was a complex of many both old, renovated and newly built buildings connected in space and by the same function.
A good Night life Tip in Berlin is taking part of the pub Crawl.
You can find the information about the pub Crawl in almost every hostel. Or just go to the
The Pub Crawl has moved locations! It's now starts at S-Bahn Oranienburgerstr, in the heart of the going out district. Check out www.newberlintours.com/pubcrawl for a map of the exact location!
Why is the pub crawl so great ? It isnt :o) but the main reason I want to tip it to you is because you meet many fellow travelers... and thats the main reason we travel to see interesting places and meet interesting people. The varity of nationalities makes the pub crawl so great.... so its a must when you want to meet other people....have fun
I had a lot of fun.... just what you like to wear...