Personal Memories and Impressions, Berlin
- I would suggest you to buy a city night map. Otherwise you can not find the good clubs.
- My favorite place in sommer is Lustgarten and also Museum Island.
- There are many good cafes. One of them is ' Tadshikische Teestube Theaterrestaurant, Am Festungsgraben'
- Of course, Hackescher Markt and Kurfürstendamm
- If you would like to ask more, dont hesitate..
Fondest memory: I think a memory i shall never forget is being invited to a friends bbq on a rooftop over looking east berlin and when i write rooftop that's exactly what i mean no balcony etc. It was absolutely amazing just sitting on a roof with music playing, friends chatting and laughing around you, the wonderful smell of meat grilling, little candles in glass jars flickering and as far as you could see Berlin all around you, if you lay back and looked up, the sky slowly turned from blue to black, not missing one shade inbetween!
Fondest memory: When i lived in Berlin, Nollendorfplatz was my favorite place to go. Best kebabs as u will read in my favorite restaurants section, fun to rollerblade or just watch the others rolling and there's a great craft/hobbies shop just behind the church. Lots of indian restaurants in that street too! Not to forget my favorite jellewry shop opposite the kebab place. You really should go there! Oops almost forgot to tell you.... on Wed. and Sat. it turns into a market :)))
The best activity I did in Berlin was definitley the 8 hour walking tour of the city. It sounds like torture, but is so informative that it doesnt feel that long. Its run by 2 british blokes especially for the backpacking lot and theres loads of drink breaks ect. I learnt more that day about modern history than in 3 years of history lessons! Leaves every summer day from outside the Old Jewish Synagogue in East Berlin at 10.30, dont miss it!
Fondest memory: What I miss is the warm summer nights when a bunch of us from the hostel, from about 5 different countries would all go out to a club, then wander home at 6am stopping for kebabs and generally having a laugh. Its times like these that I would think, God I really never want to go home ever... Simple pleasures and all that!
I lived here for three years. An unconditionally regretless experience. Whatever you want to do or experience, whatever you have on your mind, from normal to extreme, this is the place to live it!!! Maybe not for the tourist who visits for a few days or even a couple of weeks, but I promise - it will still be very exciting if you're open minded and interested. Nobody will judge you for things you do or how you present yourself, almost everything's accepted. Can you tell, I love this city.
Of course, as always in big cities, be a little careful at night in certain areas, but Berlin is basically a safe city.
Fondest memory: Crazy young people and the variety of things Berlin has to offer.
Localize a place called: 'Hackescher Markt'! Bars!!! The nights, in which you can not get some rest...
Fondest memory: Just the city! It's a strange feeling, which can not be discribed in few words! 'Unterwegs sein!' - to be on your way down town! And Berlin has got many to offer you...
Walk on the streets. Then you can feel that this is a very big city!
Fondest memory: I will remember Brandenburger Tor and the broken church in this city, it is big and mighty buildings! And the feeling of walking a very big city...
This is a huge city! It would take a great deal of time to really see this city! Get out and walk,taxi,bus, and boat! You still won't see it all...but you can try!
Fondest memory: The cab drivers were great...they seemed to feel obligated to give a history lesson! I loved it! What personality! They really wanted to elaborate about 'The Wall.' Great inside info! This is a photo of a portion of the wall saved as art! And a woman obviously looking for bus fare!
Hmmm... exist? Yes, I think that's what I'd recommend: soaking it in. Too difficult? Then do the other way round: let the city soak YOU in!
Fondest memory: Several! I can't name just one, so:
- discovering Tacheles Gallery (photo) for the first time. It happened back in 1998 when this alternative, squat-type art complex was still a relatively undiscovered place. By now it's turned into a tourist spot where roses are sold in the evening. Poor artists, I'm compassionate.
- spending my first real night out in East Berlin in 1995. What an adventure! Hopping from one alternative club/cafe to another through then still very demolished streets I felt like a queen of the world. It was then that I could say, Now I'm really in Berlin.
- ****** Censored! :D
And finally the most favouritest one: It was back in 1996 when my (now ex) big love and I went hitching and our last lift dropped us in Spandau. Since it was 2 in the morning and we had two hours to kill before the first U-Bahn, the driver suggested an all-night bar nearby. We thought, fine, let's sit down and slumber for those two hours, but as we got inside it became clear that things were too exciting to let you slumber. There was a coldblooded waiter which could easily have the word 'Berliner' written on his forehead. There were beers at the uniform price 2.50 a pint. There were toilets out of 'Trainspotting'. And there was a unique combination of people. Whores, drunks, homeless as well as 'nice' citizens and accidental tourists who didn't feel like going home yet. A middle-aged man in a suit stepped on the table and sang Elvis. A over made-up whore of about fifty collected coins for the juke-box. I watched and wondered, thinking, so this is Berlin again, this is where the life is. I never found the place again, but it was as close to the mythical world as it could be.
Fondest memory: We came to Berlin early in the morning and were touring till the late night. The morning was cloudy at the beginning, but later on the day was quite warm and even sun came up from time to time. In the photo you can see the TV tower.
* Visit the WALL near check point Charly.
200 mts. of the wall... and Topografie of Terror with images of the nazis.
* Visit The Check Point Charly Museum. You will see the comunist crimes...
Fondest memory: I fought with an English guy... in the hostel... He attacks me for behind... Incredible..
Fondest memory: I liked the early mornings in the heart of Berlin. It was intersting going to the Zoological Garden Bahnhof to see the sun rise from the elevated train track platforms. There is lots of activity around the train station in the morning with food, drink and other shops inside the station or on the sidewalk. Linda took this picture of early morning activity at a mobile fruit stand. She pointed the camera and the lady who obviously owned it wanted all the workers to come and get in the picture.
Visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, walk down Under den Linden, walk the path of the Berliner Mauer (The Wall) and enjoy the cafe society now maturing in this Euro-City. Take the ICE train into Zoo station to get a feel of what you are about to experience.
Fondest memory: Walking through the Tiergarten after an encounter with a psychic told me I would find something there! There was something there ...
Favorite thing: If you like art and architecture, my two main interests, then Berlin is the place! There is so much new and exciting construction going on there, especially in the east part of the city. Because of the split they seem to have two of everything when it comes to museums and music. Two (more actually) opera companies, two Egyptian museums, two fine arts museums etc. However, they are in the process of consolidating them. This is a busy city with a lot happening and you get caught up in it very easily. It is not a pretty city in my opinion, but certainly one of the most exciting cities to visit. Aside from the obvious, do not miss the food floor at the KaDeWa (I think that's right) department store. If you like food (who doesn't?) this is a mind boggler. Bigger and more varied than even Harrods Food Halls. Plan to have a glass of wine or champagne there and then choose from one of the many food stands to have lunch. It is the best.
Favorite thing: I was in Berlin on a business trip for a week, so there really wasn't much time for me to look around the city, but if given the limited time, you may want to do some shopping along Kurfurstendamm and visit the Jewish musuem.