Different Traffic Signals in East & West Berlin !
Its very interesting to notice this little change in the parts of the city. As soon as you enter East Berlin the traffic signals are not the usualy one with red and green lights but insteadf of that on red signal you will see a man with its arms stretched in red and on green you will see him walking :-) I loved it !
Street Entertainers #2 - The Young Buskers
There's not many cities where the kids are safe to play in the streets. Here in Berlin though this young recorder duo were playing and getting a few Euros for doing so.
They were actually quite good :)
excursion to Beeskow
Many Berlin tourists want to take e trip to the small towns or villages in the Brandenburg area around the big city Berlin. Most of them go to Potsdam. If you want to see some medieval walls, towers, a castle and a huge old church, take a trip to Beeskow (and read my Beeskow - page).
Kastanienallee - Alternative Shopping Alley
Exit at Eberswalder Str. subway station (U2, 5-7 minutes from Alexanderplatz), and the first thing you'll probably see of Kastanienallee is a coffeehouse: "An einem Sonntag im August" ("On a Sunday in August"). A café with a name as relaxed as this has to be in the borough of Prenzlauer Berg. While this is true, it's also the most original part of Prenzlauer Berg. Here, gentrification did not have the same effect on street life as one could witness at say around Kollwitzplatz. In the mid-90's basically no-one of the locals here was older than 30, and every second looked as if he or she had contributed to an MTV movie clip minutes ago. Hence, Kastanienallee (Chestnut Alley) is sometimes still referred to as "Casting Alley".
Gentrification notwithstanding, Kastanienallee is kind of an alternative shopping alley that still has much of it's original grungy character. Rather than Benetton, Douglas and other usual (and predictably boring) suspects, you'll find 2nd hand stores, weird T-shirts, even more weird furniture shops and specialized record stores. Among loads of bars and coffeehouses.
Ever wondered why health /organic food stores always seem to attract people wearing hippie sandals? Here's one with an interior that could be described best as "Japanese techno".
Another shop called "Kwik" (see link) sells a variety of items through kind of a "drive-through" counter. The idea is, that you can not simply enter the shop, try this, try that and then buy something or leave, but actually have to tell the lady behind the counter what you would like to try or have.
Charlie the barber offers "minimal haircut" every friday from 6 - 10 p.m: "Pay want you want".
(Continues below) One coffeehouse provides loads of newspapers to those having a coffee. What's so special you ask? The news are quite old news. Imagine you enter a café and there's some guy sitting with a newspaper which lead story reads "Allied forces land in the Normandy" - or something along that line.
Two more tips: Oderberger Str. is a crossroad you should not miss. Same goes for the beautiful Zionskirche.
But remember: Kastanienallee and Oderberger Str. form a refugium for the near-extinct Prenzl'berger Bohemian. It's not a place for everyone, let alone for those who won't leave their house without make-up or tie.
Berlin in general
Berlin in general
Berlin is famous for its outrageous nightlife and parties. You can find something to amouse you in the city for 24 hours a day. The nightlife is open to party animals of all ages from young to old.
In the tradition of many German cities there are numerous beer festivals held throughout the year.
It is probably one of the best cities in Europe for nightlife.