If you only do one thing . . .
Make sure you take the time to queue and go up to the roof of the Reichstag. The dome, designed by the British architect Lord Norman Foster, is a complex structure of steel and glass. It's accessible for the visitor free of charge by two ramps leading up from the roof terrace, offering an amazing panorama over the city of Berlin (open daily from 8 am until 12 pm). The dome houses the sophisticated ventilation and lighting systems for the assembly room. A funnel-shaped mirror system in its interior redirects the daylight into the assembly room 10 meters below. The redirection is accomplished by 30 rows of 12 mirrors each, resulting in 360 mirrors reflecting the sunlight. To avoid direct sunlight dazzling into the room, the mirrors facing the sun can be covered by a mobile sun-cover.
Get a cheap hair cut !
This is what i definitely recommend to all of you living in expensive places where cheap & good hair cutting costs a lot. In Zurich, to get a normal hair cut, it costs 45-50 CHF average. While in Berlin, i got one for 10 Euros which means 15 CHF !!! There are many shops around the town but the one where i went to was in the area called 'Wedding', if u exit from U-Bahn station Amrummerstrasse, its just there round the corner next to Turkish restuarant.
Home of the final of the FIFA WorldCup 2006
The stadium is home to Hertha BSC, the Bundesliga soccer team of Berlin.
The refurbishment of the Olympic stadium in Berlin took four years to complete. After building work was completed, the stadium was re-opened with a huge party on July 31st 2004.After building work was completed, the stadium boasted a capacity of 74,500, all seats. During the refurbishment of that area, 80,000 sqm of earth were moved, 15,000 sqm of concrete were used as well as 1800 tons of steel.The highlight of the whole refurbishment of the Olympic stadium was the roof construction, which cost around 26 million Euros…11% of the total budget. The steel construction was covered by two huge membranes, each measuring 31,000 sqm. The upper membrane consists of 76 segments featuring 1158 glass blocks, each of which weighed 200 kg. The roof construction itself is supported by a total of 20 pillars.
Berlin's Olympic Stadium, designed by architect Werner March, was built between 1934 and 1936 for the '36 Olympic Games. 42 million Reichmarks were spent on its construction, which was completed by several hundred different companies. The new stadium replaced the "German Stadium", designed by Werner March's father Otto March. The Olympic complex encompasses hockey, swimming, and equestrian stadiums, as well as a theatre and the oval-shaped Olympic Stadium. If the seats of the Olympic Stadium were to be placed in a row, its length would amount to around 42 kilometers. The symbolism is apparent - the classic marathon run is 42.195 km long. The oval form of the arena is interrupted by the 25-meter wide Marathon Gate, from which one could look out upon the Maifeld and its belltower.
During the Second World War the Olympic Stadium was not spared from allied bombing-raids. Despite substantial damage, a reconstruction was possible, thereby reconfirming the stadium's status as a symbol for the Olympic spirit, unbroken despite the storms of history.
When you are in Berlin, you...
When you are in Berlin, you can´t miss a performance of the Deutsche Staatsoper. Ballets, theatre and concerts are given in this beautiful building, build in the late 1700´s. Tickets are expensive, but worthwhile !
great location, great ambience
Our great entertainers Dimitri & Karin took us to this nice little club...called it a "secret tip" and it maybe still is a bit, although there were enough people there. Very nice place in summer to have a drink (or 2) and relax, chill out, dance a bit to mostly house / trip hop style. none