drinks - refreshments
just like in most cities - it can be pretty expensive to buy soft drinks etc. at railway/ underground stations or around tourist attractions.
a friend paid almost three euros for a normal bottle of diet coke. they usually sell for about 80 euro cents.
bottles also come with a deposit charge. so save them and take them back to the shop next time you buy a new bottle. you can get about 30 cents off sometimes. this applies to plastic and glass!
PFAND means deposit in german - so look for that on the bottle. KEIN PFAND means it´s non returnable
Berlin was the former capital...
Berlin was the former capital of the old Germany. After the Worldwar 2, the Allied countries and Russia split Berlin, in a western and a eastern part by a wall. A lot of refugees were executed during their escape to the western part. This is one of the worst parts of the European history.
Today Berlin is the renewed capital if the no longer devited Germany. In 1989, the Berlin Wall collapsed, and everybody was free to go again, after a period of almost 30 years..... The nightlife, the Love Parade every year, the clubs and the restaurants.
Before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Jewish community in Berlin had 160.000 members. I was told that today Berlin's Jewish community is the fastest growing in the world due to Russian Jewish immigration.
Walking Frankentaler Ufer along northern bank of Landwehrkanal I fouund this building on my picture. There were many cameras on and around the edifice and two police officers watching. I first thought that it was an office of someone important.
But the building accommodated Jewish community centre and a small synagogue. Both were closed to public when I was there.
There are also more known Jewish culture centers in Berlin, both open to the public and located nearby:
1. New Synagogue on Oranienstra?e, which houses the Centrum Judaicum. There are various expositions open to the public. A large, golden dome is open to the public but exclusively April 1 - September 30.
2. The Jewish Museum - the most significant example of contemporary architecture in Berlin, hmm... I only drove along the building and liked it.
Next time I am going to visit both Jewish centers.
Potsdam - Sanssouci Park
Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederik I, and I think was known more for its grounds and the famous terraces of grape vines and rows of bedded plants. Of course it was winter and I was freezing my butt off but I could still imagine how wonderful it would look in the warmer months.
1 April - 31 October. 1 November - 31 March. Closed on Mondays
A Good Starting Point
Kulturbrauerei, the former Schultheiss brewery, today accommodates a couple of clubs - some for dancing, some for live music.
In the close proximity there are numerous bars and restaurants.
On top of that, Kulturbrauerei offers a nice flair on warm summer nights.
The legendary Frannz was probably the best club in East Berlin if not the entire GDR.
Pop, Rock, Funk ...
nbi - Neue Berliner Initiative:
A cosy 2-story club with a beer-garden.
Mixed program, mixed (young) audience.
Pop, Rock, Dance, readings
Really a nice location with a somewhat mediterranean atmosphere.
A big black hall for readings, theater and music.
The smaller, brighter issue of Kesselhaus.
http://www.kesselhaus-berlin.de/ (yes, same URL)
Mostly R'n'B, Soul, Top 20 or 50
Mostly Dance and House, 80style.
The smaller sibling of Soda Club, hence the same URL: