Here are some feature films that introduce Berlin in an unusual way (in no particular order). All of them are critically acclaimed - and probably R-rated in the U.S.
Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)
For a summary on the films plot see
Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Nick Cave
Life Is All You Get (Das Leben ist eine Baustelle)
Director: Wolfgang Becker, Connie Walther
Cast: Jürgen Vogel, Christiane Paul, Ricky Tomlinson, Armin Rohde
Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille)
Director: Caroline Link
Starring: Sylvie Testud, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit, Sibylle Canonica, Matthias Habich, Hansa Czypionka, Tatjana Trieb
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri
Good Bye, Lenin!
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Alexander Beyer
The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
I can only say this once. ...
Everyone must see Berlin. To see Berlin is to start to understand the magnitude of the horrors exhibited on the world by the Nazi regime and ultimately the German people. To see Berlin is also to understand the sorrow and regret of that same German people. Never should the Holocaust be forgiven, never should it be forgotten. In Berlin, they honour the memory of those men and women who lost their lives and ask that all people ensure that such tragedies never again occur. Go to Berlin. Understand.
Traces of WWII -Prenzlauerberg
Throughout the district, bullet holes mark the facades. Prenzlauerberg escaped the majority of the damage inflicted on Berlin, and so the area contains a lot of buildings from the period before the war.
Clothes, Electronics and Food
The Schloss is no Schloss (castle) but a great shopping centre on Schlossstraße in the suburb of Steglitz. It was opened in March 2006, and encloses Steglitz’s red town hall which looks a bit like the tower of the shopping Schloss... ;-) You can see that the shopping centre is new but it is a nice attempt to make it look like the department stores of the 19th century with its neo-gothic retro-style look.
The 80 shops are located on four levels around a light patio where you find cafés and a food court. The roof of this patio is an illusion: It can create all kinds of sky you can imagine, day and starry night, sunshine and clouds.
50 per cent of the shops sell clothes. However, there is also an impressive Media Markt with the German speciality, as my husband always notices immediately, that you cannot pay by credit card.
Open Mon – Thu 10am – 8pm, Fri + Sat 10am – 10pm.
On very rare occasions open on Sunday (12noon – 6pm)
To and from Schonefeld Airport
When I was checking information on getting to and from Schonefeld airport, the books made it sound incredibly complicated. This is the airport most used by budget airlines so I think that this is valuable information to share here. Ultimately, I discovered from a fellow traveller, that getting to and from Schonefeld is incredibly straightforward and consists of a simple bus and U-bahn combo. Coming fom Charlottenburg for example, I could get on U-bahn 7 and go to Rudow at the end of the line. Round the corner from the metro at Rudow you catch the 171 Bus which drops you outside the airport. Cost EUR 2.10. As it happened because two of us were coming home earlier than scheduled we took a taxi. A taxi from Charlottenburg to Sconefeld cost EUR 44. As there were four of us in the cab that worked out quite cheaply and was worth it for the luxury of not having to haul bags on and off the metro and bus.