Personal Memories and Impressions, Berlin
Take a sightseeing tour which is offered right on the Ku'damm for a reasonable price. There are so many monuments to visit, for instance: The Brandenburg Gate, Der Reichstag, Die Siegessaeule, Der Funkturm, etc., etc.
When I was a child I was always fascinated with Schloss Charlottenburg. Here some insight on some of the places you might find interesting:
The museum at Haus am Checkpoint Charlie records the wall's chilling history. One of the most monumental structures in Eastern Berlin is the gigantic Fernsehturm or TV tower with an observation platform for unbeatable views and Alexanderplatz is the commercial and shopping hub of the former Soviet sector. In Western Berlin, the Kurfürstendamm or Ku'damm, is a 3.5km strip of ritzy shops, cinemas, bars and cafés where you can check the throbbing pulse of the city. Berlin boasts an admirable collection of museums: the Zoologischer Garten forms the beginning of the Tiergarten, a restful expanse of woodland where there is a series of museums centred on the Neue Nationalgalerie. The great museums of eastern Berlin are centred on the Museuminsel, and include the Pergamonmuseum and the Bodemuseum.
Fondest memory: I was there when the wall came down.....wow, it was amazing! People were reunited that haven't seen each other for decades! We've helped a guy from the East find his family at Prinzenstrasse. He had never been to the West in his entire life and asked us to please help him find the way. So we took him there and he rang the door bell. It was breathtaking to see people in such awe walking through the streets, admiring what we've been taking for granted all of our lives!
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...
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!
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.
Fondest memory: The weeks I spent there with my rowing team in 1987, 1988 and 1990 to compete in 'Jugend trainiert für Olympia', something like the German school championships. A lot of fun, drink and winning the silver medal twice...
Fondest memory: Getting my name back from the wall in 1989. What an experience!!!! We went here just a few days after the borders were opened. As soon as we'd arrived in Berlin we went to the part of the wall we used to spray on to remove bits of wall we had written on. Luckily the bit my name was one was still there and I started to remove it :) I still have those bits and I will never throw them away. I have a bit of history in my living room now :)
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.
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 ...
Take a tour of the entire city and go through the Brandenburg Gate. So much history and to go through it and imagine what it must have been like during the war.There is so much left untouched since the second world war and it's just amazing to see. There is a section of the Wall left standing as a reminder of what happened and it's awe inspiring to see. You get a good feeling knowing you are free to come and go as you please.
Fondest memory: Being able to visit Berlin in good times of freedom and standing where history was made. Going to downtown Berlin at night and seeing all the shops on the KuDamm and just taking in the nightlife there.
Sit down outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Kirche and watch people go by.
Fondest memory: Getting horrible service at a cafe across the street from the Siegessäule on a beautiful sunny day. Watching the waiters get mad at non-customers wanting to use the restrooms while paying too much for a beer.