Pergamon Museum, situated on the Museum Island.
Don't give this a miss because apart from being one of the best museums in the world, it makes a history seems so big & huge as so many artefacts & depictions (reconstructions or otherwise) contained within one big building !
The statue on the left is situated on the outside of the Pergamon Museum.
At one stage there were dozens of these cast iron Octagonal Cafés in Berlin, but they were for men only and had a bit of a smelly reputation. This one was renovated and opened in June 2003 in Gendarmenmarkt Square. It is now for both sexes with modern facilities though it is compact inside, but unlike other public conveniences in Berlin this one is free.
The second photograph is a Gents only Octagonal Cafe on Schonhauser Allee just outside Senefelderplatz U Bahn Station.
The third photograph is another Gents only Octagonal Cafe close to the Zoologischer Gartený railway station.
Jewish Free School
In 1743, the famed scholar Moses Mendelssohn came to Berlin. A great believer in secularization and assimilation of the Jewish residents into general society, he encouraged Isaac Itzig and David Friedlaender to open a school for Jewish young men which did not depend on Talmudic studies and instead emphasized mathematics, commerce, and European languages. This school marked one of the first steps toward so-called Jewish enlightenment and modernization. The school was opened to non-Jews in the early 19th Century. Its current location is at 27 Grosse Hamburger Strasse, in the same building it used from 1906 to 1942. It remains private and open to all for admission. Note the police at the entrance - there is a constant police presence at the school even today.
Enlightenment led to the Reform Judaism movement, with the first Reform synagogue opening in 1854 and functioning till destroyed by WWII air attacks. This liberalized movement offered organs, choirs, and services in German rather than Hebrew. As Jews entered German society, they received Prussian citizenship in 1815 and full equality by mid-century. The population grew from 10000 to 100000 in 50 years and the Jews reached their pinnacle of achievement during the Weimar Republic in the 1920's particularly in the arts - painting, writing, theatre, music. As Hitler assumed power, Berlin had 160000 Jews. The ascent of the Jewish populationn did not go unnoticed - even before 1933, anti-Semitism was on the rise.
Pictured is the current location of the Jewish Free School, complete with police detachment. Also pictured is the neighboring building, the exterior left unrepaired since the war and with numerous bullet holes and other evidence of war damage. A large number of stumbling blocks are embedded in the sidewalk at this building.
They DON'T have everything
The KaDeWe prides itself in offering everything, so I was very surprised they don't sell ready- made sandwiches. I didn't want to go to a restaurant, so I thought I'd just get some sandwiches. But to my surprise I was told the KaDeWe doesn't sell them. I was told to look around the food stalls, choose what I want to have and I would get my sandwiches made on the spot. Of course that took a lot longer, cost a lot more than prepacked sandwiches, but was also a lot more interesting and in the end I had a much better meal.
Berlin Bar NBI
Yes the upcoming Schoenhauser Allee and the Kollwitzplatz in Eastern-Berlin hide plenty of small restaurants and bars and it's a pleasure to walk around there in a hot summer night. Step into the NBI and feel the local atmosphere of this spot. There you can hardly find any tourists. Most of the young and young minded people are neighbours and it's fun to chat with them and enjoy a cool drink ... watching the night go by ... Just be yourself, relaxe and feel at home ... Cheers ! relaxe ... be yourself !