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Favorite thing: Shopping in Berlin is fabulous - from Ka-De-We (the German version of Harrods) along to C&A - they have some great shops.
There is about three blocks of great shopping - mostly department stores - but they are really nice and fairly well priced (C&As are a bargain though you have to watch as they are still putting in shoulder pads!!).
We stayed in the Swissotel which is directly above C&As and was very convenient for shopping on the West side of Berlin.
The East side is not as 'shiny' though they do have some good shops, like galleries lafayette and there is a street called Friederickstrasse which has a lot of designer type shops. The East doesn't feel as nice, particularly at night when there does not appear to be any street lights!
If you go during December there are Christmas markets everywhere which are lovely, and you will pick up some nice and unusual balls for your tree etc. The markets are in both East and West side. The best are on the East side though!
Fondest memory: Berlin Zoo is incredible - and if you are in Berlin for a Sunday (everything is shut on a Sunday, no matter what time of year including Christmas!) but the Zoo is open.
The zoo is lovely - it is like a big open park, like Hyde park or Central park but with animals - they have not used fences as much - using ditches instead, which means you are really close to the animals. They have a big aquarium with tropical and marine fishes. There is also a large section on reptiles etc.
We went to a concert at the Velodrome which is about 2kilometers from Alexandersplatz. The taxi driver got a little lost!! This is also on the East side - and I would not consider walking to or from this venue - there are also not a lot of taxis available when you come out, unless you walk a way up the road!
BERLIN is fabulous and a great place for a couple of days - avoid Sundays unless you want to go to the zoo!!
Favorite thing: Europa Center is a big modern shopping centre with plenty of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. There is one place inside that attracts tourists, especially those with kids and especially at full hours. It's called 'Uhr der fliessenden Zeit' ( the clock of passing time). The clock consists of a complicated system of glass pipes and balls filled with colourful liquid. The time is indicated by the balls ( 12 big ones for hours and 60 small ones for minutes) filling up with liquid. It does look spectacular.
Go Shopping along Ku'damm
Favorite thing: ooh - there is so many shops along Ku'damm...it is mind boggling.
There is the Europe Centre and the is a nice restaurant called Tiffany in there...and there is so many huge stores to offer. and every corner you will see more painted bears.
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Favorite thing: Take a walk along Kurfurstendamm or Ku'damm as the Berliners call it with great affection.
Kudamn was built under Bismarck and became the main street of West Berlin after the war. Unfortunately not many of the grand buildings from Bismarck time are preserved...most were destroyed or badly damaged.
There are lots of shops along Ku'damm, and at the start you have all the big international lables...Gucci, LVs, Cartiers...and then come Steiff Bear...and then followed by a string of departmental stores, lots of cafes..lots of painted bears ..cinemas...and also lots of advertisement
Fondest memory: And her is the picture above Lindex is the most famous coffee house - reputed to be one of the largest iN europe....Cafe Kranzler.
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Europa-Center u. K.- W.-Gedaechtniskirche
Fondest memory: The remains of the Emperor William Memorial Church (1891-95) stand as a mute reminder of the devastating effects of the Second World War. The Europa-Center (1963) next to it documents the determination of the Berliners to rebuilt their city.
Kudamm has been the old centre...
Favorite thing: Kudamm has been the old centre of Berlin-West, so this has moved to the old wall-area, Berlin-Mitte now is in the real centre of (whole) Berlin, and this Sony-ball has been changed from Kudamm to an huge glas-architecture in Berlin-Mitte !
Favorite thing: We stopped here for lunch one day... A lot of locals were sitting around for lunch and watching the entertainment around the area.
Art at the Kurfürstendamm
Favorite thing: Her is another painted bears - the landmark of Berlin...and also a piece of art - what a twist of rods!!!
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