Have a Look for the artistic Manhole Covers
This is just a little side-note, none of the huge attractions mentioned at described at length in all tourist guide books. But I was totally delighted to see those fantastic and unique manhole covers on the footpaths of Berlin. They are pieces of art, depicting many of Berlin’s most attractive constructions. So do not just walk over them. Stop and admire them :-)
Toilets or rather restrooms
Berlin is not as high society and upscale city as Paris. So, don't look for funny, toll box-toilets put on the streets :-). I didn't find any in Berlin. Signs of New Europe?
Maybe Parisian ladies and gentelmen are thin enough to get inside not too roomy toilet, brave enough not to worry whether the automatic doors open and exact enough to have always change by themselves.
But not Berliners. They have enough cafes, restaurants, bars and metro (U-bahn) stations with toilets which were much more roomy than Parisian toilet-boxes - more like American sterile and free of charge rest-rooms than European "taxed" and not always fragrant of violets toilets. Or maybe I used them in former American sector of Berlin, hmm... Charlottenburg (rather upscale district) sounds more French to me.
Never mind, "managers" of the toilets were kind enough neither to ask me for any "toilet-fee" or "toilet-tax" nor to ask me to order anything. They just showed me the way although sometimes in hard German. Btw whenever you hear word "zurick" (tzurig) = back you are on wrong way.
Berliners seems to be thrifty enough not to waste euros when the nature calls, me too :-)
I was told that this modern, huge sculpture on my picture was a symbol of main shopping street of former West Berlin - Kurfürstendamm (Ku-Damm). But in real it stands in the middle of Tauentzienstraße (before Nürnbergerstraße, district Schöneberg) which is extension of Ku-Damm.
It was quite popular place for taking pictures. Before I took this picture I saw two young couples posing there.
Recommended second hand store
There was huge choice of second hand clothes sold per kilogram in that large store. The clothes were cheap and one can always find something interesting, just more time needed :-).
Mon - Fri: 11.00 am - 7.00 pm,
Sat: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm,
Kleidermarkt was a chain of cheap second hand stores. Other stores in Berlin:
1. Made in Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 105, 10785 Berlin (Schöneberg, U-bahn: Kürfurstenstr./Bülowstr.)
2. Made in Berlin, Neue Schönhauser Str. 19, 10179 Berlin (Mitte, U-bahn: Weinmeister Str., S-bahn: Hackescher Markt),
3. Colours, Bergmannstr. 102, 10961 Berlin (Kreuzbeg; U-bahn: Platz der Luftbrücke/Gneisenaustr.),
4. Kleidermarkt, Schönhauser Allee 115, 10439 Berlin (Prenzlauerberg, U-bahn: Schönhauser Allee). Second hand casual clothes. 13.99 € per kilo or 9.99 € on each Wednesday 11.00 am - 1.00 pm (Happy Hour).
EC-karte, Visa, Euro/Mastercard accepted.
It's all so easy!
Getting around Berlin is really very simple. We found that while we were there we got the train from the airport to the centre, we used the U-Bahn, the S-Bahn, trams and buses to travel around the city. We found them all to be very reliable and we felt safe on all of them. There are loads of ticket options and the prices are fair. And the U/S-Bahn stations are great, beware of the all delicious smelling shops selling fresh baked croissants! Our only concern - how can you still be allowed to smoke on German trains?!