no more no man's land
With the Daimler-Benz sector built up to gigantic proportions since 1998, it's hard to imagine the former no man's land that was here, between East and West Berlin.
This is a huge urgan site, and the one place in Berlin that looked like a metropolis... looking for its soul. It's not a favourite thing for me but it's certainly history in motion. This used to be the heart of pre-war Berlin, the Berlin I would have liked to know. Now it's emerging as the Berlin of the future.
"Berlin is the most strictly 'romantic' of cities. Lakes, woods, concrete, gleaming walls, breached walls, ruins, decay, glass, steel, beer, drugs, dirt. Multiple languages, cosmopolitan teeming, hard ideas confronted, unforeseeable artistic proposals. All in a catastrophic and exulting jumble. Leprosy and luxury. Intelligence and creativity along with stagnation and stupidity. A soul, in short, with the sky on top. Stubborn, hardy, wounded, cruel and busy recreating itself without cease."
(Berlin, deux temps trois mouvements -- Christian Prigent)
The Triumph Column was built in 1871 by Fridrich Dracke in honour of victory of Prussia in war 1870-1871. The column is 70 meters high and the figure on the top is 9 meters high. The column is situated on Juni 17 Street, not far from Brandenburg Gate.
international impoverished jetset gear: a pastel scarf patterend with purple daisies and shiny plastic handbags. Honestly, I don't know. Everyone seems to wear black, dark black, and gray black, so maybe a little color will make you stand out and bring smiles of endearment/horror/disgust for some reason there's lots and lots of dog poo in Berlin--it's of epic proportions! i have the impression that people are REALLY into their dogs, but I don't remember seeing this much dog poo on the ground anywhere else in Germany. so watch your step! if you take photographs, just remember to burn the negatives and destroy the evidence! as I said in the GERMANY page, you must have an umbrella. since there is no sunlight (jK) you don't need sunglasses, but people wear them anyway (why???) ;) my favorite Berlin guide book was the Time Out! Berlin guide: the maps were great because of the grid system.
Marheineke Halle (Market)
This marketplace is one of the oldest market halls in Berlin - you'll find everything here;
There are a lot of stalls with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat , cheese. . . and you can try a lot of typical Berlin Snacks
It is lokated at Marhheinekeplatz
Subway U Gneisenaustrasse
German beer and Euro rock
Huge, comfortable sports bar which had a live band every night that we were in it. Plenty of tv screens if you in there for the sports, they even had a large screen at the back of the place for the football.
Friendly staff, excellent beer and cocktails.
We had breakfast here just the one morning..and found out that having a coffee or an orange juice would double the bill! Casual...wear what you want...there was a discreet bouncer on the door.