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the new city center
Favorite thing: it is now east-berlin (ost-berlin) which is the new city center, so the district is upside down , everything is being rebuilt, you will see dozens of trucks coming from the czech republic for the works ; the former west-berlin centers are now quite far by foot
Favorite thing: The reconstruction of the "New Synagogue" marks another another step in the rebuilding of Jewish life in Germany's capital. The original structure was built in the 1860s to a design by the prominent architect Eduouard Knoblauch. It was partially destroyed on the "Night of Broken Glass," 9 November 1938; damaged further by British and American bombing during the war; and torn down as unsalvagable by the East German authorities in 1958. But in the 1980s it was decided to rebuilt the Synagogue; construction started in 1988 and was completed in 1995.
The New Synagogue now serves as a cultural and education center for the Jewish Community here, and also houses a small museum. The gilded dome is certainly a Berlin landmark.
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Memorials - For the Murdered Jews of Europe
Favorite thing: Monumental in scale, suitably somber, overwhelming in size and concept, this remembrance of Jews killed in the Holocaust was still under construction when I visited Berlin in November 2004, but it impact was already plain to see.
Peter Eisenmann's design calls for 2700 blocks of granite, arranged in a gradually undulating landscape which resembles waves on an ocean. When the Memorial is completed later in 2005, there will be an interpretative center buried underneath the site.
Memorials - Marx & Engels
Favorite thing: Ludwig Engelhart designed this memorial to the authors of the "Communist Manifesto" which was dedicated in 1986 - when the Marxist East German state had only another three years of existence. It's not far from the east bank of the Spree, in "Marx-Engels Forum," appropriately enough.
On the day I was there, a group of Chinese visitors was having its picture taken in front of the revolutionaries. I don't imagine that too many Daimler-Chrysler executives stop by here!
Favorite thing: In the 1920s it was one of Berlins liveliest streets and it owes its political fame to the border crossing Checkpoint Charlie. Today you can find here many restaurants, places to shop, some of them really expensive, hotels etc
how to get there?
S+U Friedrichstraße, Tram 1, 50, Bus 100,157, 348; U Französische Straße; U Stadtmitte; U Kochstraße
Favorite thing: Ahhh...Neptunes Fountain...it is very pretty at night! I would have loved to have seen it during the day too... There were lots of couples around here when we were there...it looked like a very romantic setting. :)
Favorite thing: ( = Center)
Here is where you will find the historic sights from the royal times, classisistic style buildings, excellent shopping and nighlife! This whole part of Berlin belonged to East Germany, and the historical buidings were not cared for during this time and ended up in a pretty bad condition. Restauration work had to been done over the past 13 years, now everything has mainly gotten back into very good shape!
Fondest memory: Some of the most famous sights include:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Forum Fridericianum
- Berlin Cathedral
- Museum Island
- Alexanderplatz with TV tower
Favorite thing: The Spree crosses the whole city and you will come along it quite often while walking around the sights.
This picture is taken from a bridge and shows the Nicolai Quarter on the right shore, and the "Palast der Republik" (Palace of the Republic) of the former GDR, and the Berlin Cathedral behing it, on the left.
Fondest memory: A great option is to go on a river cruise! (Please take a look at my travelogue for more info and pics!)
take a look at this building...
Favorite thing: take a look at this building as you shop, it's called the Friedrichstadtpassage in Mitte. One part of it is called Galleries Lafayette, it has a wonderful center piece similar to the inside of an enormous glass easter egg and a pile of smashed metal as you can see in the photo. There's also my favorite shop in there it's called Dom, heaps of funny stuff ;)
It's on the Friedrichstrasse, Ubahn stop Französicshe Strasse
I´been there six years,go to...
Favorite thing: I´been there six years,go to Hackischer Markt an Hackische Höfe,the best place and very crazy
Fondest memory: I´got there Sex in Tiergarten,wow everybody have see that,but nobody say something .And the Best friend´s i´find .Thank you Bockibärchen,Körnchen,Princess.Big Brother and all other,there i now
Favorite thing: Hackesche Höfe
Fondest memory: Als das Viertel um die Jahrhundertwende vom wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung erfaßt und zur repräsentablen Adresse wurde, erwarb ein Mann namens Quilitz die Grundstücke Rosenthaler Straße 40 und 41 sowie Sophienstraße 6, ließ die Gebäude abreißen und einen Komplex mit acht Hinterhöfen errichten, den größten in Europa. Restaurants und Gewerbe, Geschäfte und Wohnungen sollten entstehen, eine bunte Mischung, die sich gut vermieten ließe.
Moving 200 m north along...
Favorite thing: Moving 200 m north along Friedrichstrasse from the checkpoint, I swung by the Gendarmenmarkt (near Franzosische Strasse U-Bahn station), a square framed by the Franzosische Dom (French cathedral) to the north, the Deutsche Dom (German cathedral) to the south and the Konzerthaus (Concert Hall) to the west. Didn't do much here, just knew the F. Dom houses a museum and the D. Dom contains some exhibit on German history.
Exiting from the bottom left corner of the square, I went along Mohren strasse, holding a copy of lonely planet map and figuring the way to Potsdamer Platz, where I have read about distinguished visitors standing on a famous platform in West Berlin, staring at the Wall and looking out over this no man's land beyond, which had once been Berlin's busiest square. Trusting the incomprehensive map, I arrived to see to my right apartment complexes and grassy mounds which was once Hitler's bunker site; to my left the new commercialized square and recreational centre. Broken fragments of the Wall decorate the vicinity, one of which is grafittied 'The original Berlin Wall'. Here and almost everwhere in Berlin, cranes work to dish out more complexes, to rebuild the city into one as busy and properous as before.
Go to the Oranienburger...
Favorite thing: Go to the Oranienburger Straße...It's a street full of cafe's and kneipen....specially visit 'Tacheles'...it's a building that have not been restaured after the war and right now you can find there, gallery,cafe,garten haus, garten, theather...and much more....
Fondest memory: The most I miss is the spirit from the city....it's a total contradiction that in it's own way is Unic and Perfect!...The people in Berlin are the most beautyful in Europe...
Photo: The Hackesche Höfe in...
Favorite thing: Photo: The Hackesche Höfe in the borough of Mitte; new life in old commercial building.
Having a hotel / room in...
Favorite thing: Having a hotel / room in Berlin-Mitte and breakfast in the Oranienburger Straße. We've been 5 days there, it was a warm october and we had no problems sitting in the street.
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