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U2 concert

by ChristinaNest

This morning I heard there will be a free U2 concert in front of the Branderburger Tor to mark the 20th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin wall. Since I'm a U2 fan, and I remember the fall and the events it led to, I really wanted to go and started checking for flights. And just now, I read on some website that the 10 000 tickets were out:( I didn't know there would be tickets. They can't possibly cover the area around the gate. Does anyone know how it will be. Whether you could still hang out and see and hear what's going on the stage beyond the ticket area? Also, are there any other events commemorating the anniversary at that time, or the period Nov. 5-7?
Thank you,

Re: U2 concert

by puerto_lover

You are right. Under the headline "Gone" on U2 's official website:

All to do with MTV's big night out with the European Awards and television so the concert must be in a specially organised area to allow for good television.

Re: U2 concert

by ChristinaNest

ah well, bad luck:(
Thank you for the answer anyway!!
I'll visit Berlin some other time, I guess.

Re: U2 concert

by Turtleshell

Whatever you do, don't think of purchasing tickets online (eWhatever), as tickets are personalized and have a barcode. Since you'll most likely only get a copy, the barcode won't work, and they'll not let you in. (Ask a certain music channel what the fuss is all about ...)

With that said, U2 is supposed to play 20 minutes, so it will possibly take 30 minutes. Spending 100 Euros on a fake ticket would be stupid anyway.

> They can't possibly cover the area around the gate.

As a matter of fact, yes they can. If you take a look at this picture:

Pariser Platz is the square between Brandenburger Tor and the building site.
You'll certainly be able to hear them, though.

Re: U2 concert

by ChristinaNest

Thank you for the information!
I wouldn't risk buying a ticket.
So maybe I'll visit Berlin for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall:) I still have a lot of things left to see there:)

Re: U2 concert

by Turtleshell

Videos from the gig are all on a certain website, in case you haven't already found them.

Re: U2 concert

by ChristinaNest

No, I haven't found them, will look for them.
I read in the news that a 2m wall was built to block the view from all the unlucky ones who couldn't get one of the 10 000 tickets. Isn't it ironic..
But today there was an event at the German embassy with interesting exhibitions and displays about the fall of the wall, and an art installation with a trabant going into a piece of the wall:)

Re: U2 concert

by Turtleshell

Kinda ironic, true. But MTV has never been my favorite broadcaster.

Re: U2 concert

by ChristinaNest

Neither mine, ha ha, haven't watched it in years. When I heard about the concert, I didn't even know it was organized by MTV, I thought it was organized by the municipality, but I guess it doesn't have that kind of money..

Travel Tips for Berlin

Europa-Center u. K.- W.-Gedaechtniskirche

by KiNyA

The remains of the Emperor William Memorial Church (1891-95) stand as a mute reminder of the devastating effects of the Second World War. The Europa-Center (1963) next to it documents the determination of the Berliners to rebuilt their city.

wolf down a fresh currywurst...

by miromi

wolf down a fresh currywurst in the cold; dance until 9am (or longer) and stagger home wasted as the sun rises over the city (if there's sunlight at all :) ); go to schlager karaoke night; run away from American tourists; hang out on the sidewalk watching the cute German teenage boys strutting their stuff; have a beer in Friedrichshain on Rigaer Strasse and hit on the Italian punks; take a day trip to Turkey in Neuköln or Kreuzberg; spend all day in Görlitzer Park reading a book running around the Berlin science museum--it was one of my favorite museum experiences ever! especially the outdoor exhibits such as the windmills.


by matcrazy1

On a wide and a little inclined walkway south of the Philharmonic Hall in Berlin's Kulturforum I noticed two guys, one young (on my picture) and the second one at my age with skateboards. They noticed my camera and... stopped skateboarding. But I didn't stop to take a picture and I had 7 x optical zoom :-). Was skateboarding forbidden at that place or what? There were no pedestrians around. Surely a skateboard.

Water Tower

by barryg23

The Water Tower is one of the oldest and best known buildings in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. It was built in 1875 at a time when the district was starting to grow rapidly.

Like much in Berlin, the Water Tower has a dark history, as it was used by Hitler and the SA as a mini-concentration camp shortly after they came to power. Jews and opponents of the Nazi regime were tortured and killed here. Later, after Hitler turned against Ernst Rohm and the SA, an event known as the Night of the Long Knives, many of the SA men were imprisoned and murdered in the tower.

The Water Tower was converted into flats after war. A plaque outside the tower commemorates the atrocities committed here during Nazi rule. The tower is on the corner of Knaackstrasee and Rykestrasse and the nearest S-Bahn is Senefelder Platz.

Techno clubs

by Sol&Jo

Ask the locals where to catch some great ambient techno in Berlin. We asked the people who worked at our hostel and they directed us to a great club where the locals go. It was a great vibe, great music!

I believe the name of the club was something like WMF.


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