In the winter absence of the drunks and punks the gardens were pretty much deserted except for a large flock of sparrows. With my home Island ( Lundy ) being host to a long-running, International, Sparrow Project run by the University of Sheffield I've become a bit of a sparrow twitcher. Sparrows are very voluble songbirds and seen in silhouette here you can actually see that they are singing to each other.
Plus it's an excuse to use the pic LOL ;-)
When I saw it exposed big WOW was the first what crossed my mind because new Bugatti project looks fantastic. I am not big fun of a cars but this project cought my attention because it looks great in every detail. Don't ask for the price, am sure it cost a fortune.
The good old days when manufactures didn't need to launch a new type of a car almost every minute, as they do it novadays. This beautul Bugatti captured my attention as soon as I saw it. It is a copy of a vechicle when machine had to be started with the hand crank! I am convinced that no one can be indifferent to this old cutie.
Beate Uhse is synonym for soft porn industry, lady who rule in that field for more then 50 years. Her museum of erotik is situated in Charlottenburg district, nearby Zoologischer Garten and the Railway Station. Museum was open in 1996 and claims to be the world's largest erotic museum that excist. I took this picture for curiosity only but might be usefull tip to some travelers who like pornography.
As I planned my trip to Berlin, I was hoping to get some good photos from various vantage points in the city. The weather during my visit cooperated with me and we only had one rainy day, although we did have some clouds so my photos didn’t always have the blue skies and fluffy white clouds in the background that I like so much. But the sun was bright when it was out and that usually worked to my advantage. Timing being everything with the sun, there were some things I just couldn’t control in order to have the sun at the right angle for my photos since I was following a preset agenda for the university course. Fortunately, there are so many great places to get photos in Berlin; no matter where you are in the city you have opportunities for good photos.
Some of my favorite places for photos:
~ From the dome of the Reichstag. You need to have reservations in advance to go on the tour of the Reichstag dome, but it is well worth the small amount of time it takes to go online and make the reservations (free) – historically, architecturally, and from a photographer’s viewpoint. The top of the building (outside the dome) is outside and gives you a 360 degree view of Berlin. Great views of the Tiergarten, government buildings, Brandenburg gate, and, on a clear day, you can see for miles.
~ From the top of the Berlin Dom (Cathedral). Again, from this vantage point you get some wonderful views of the city. This is farther east than the Reichstag so you can see Museum Island and the Lustgarten, Alexanderplatz, and Unter den Linden really well. You are walking around the dome so you get 360 degrees of photo opportunities.
~ Walking around the Tiergarten provided me with lots of beautiful photos – green grass, old trees, water reflections, statues, and the Victory Column (from the top you can get wonderful birds-eye views). Pathways meander all over so check the maps every so often so you aren’t getting too far off your course!
~ East Side Gallery and Fredreichshain. What a wonderful place to take photos of street art, people, and scenery! I probably could spend several days in this area along just taking photos of all the street art, architecture, and people.
~ I also took a lot of photos inside the museums, more for my own personal use and, other than the ones I post on VT, I probably won’t share them with others. But I do like to “collect” photos of my favorite art works and am always happy when cameras are allowed in the museums!
~ For good photos of the Brandenburg Gate, get there in the morning so that the sun is behind you when standing on the Unter den Linden side of the gate. The lighting will be better so you can capture the details of the quadriga on top of the gate.
Of course, great photos are all around; just look around you and you’ll see photo opportunities. The secret is to enjoy taking the photos and to have some incredible visual reminders to go with the amazing memories you create while in Berlin.
There are lots of wonderful sites in Berlin – museums, churches, civic buildings, outside. And there are lots of people that want to take pictures of the things they see while in Berlin. However, there are a few rules that one should follow when taking photos, especially of art works.
Many places will permit you to take photos but without a flash. And that is with good reason – over time the constant flashes will damage the paintings. It would be the same as keeping the lights on it – over time, damage occurs. And we want these wonderful pieces of art to remain as is so future generations can enjoy them. And even if flash is allowed, if you don’t need to use it, then try to get along without it – think of it as prolonging the life of the artwork.
However, some places do not permit photography or videos of any kind – not cameras, not cell phone cameras, nothing, nada, zero. Please adhere to these restrictions. Most places have a sign at the entrance that lets you know if photography is allowed, permitted without flash, or prohibited. If in doubt, ask.
Berlin actually seemed very open to photography and I can think of very few places that did not permit photographs. Even the majority of the museums (that I visited) allowed photos (without flash). However, in the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) on Museum Island, they were very strict about keeping the camera in front of my body at all times and not slung over my shoulder.
Be mindful of other people in your photos – not everyone likes their picture taken. And try to take your photo quickly so you do not disturb others. Most places do not allow tripods, so you may not want to even bring one with you.
If you can’t take photos in the place you are in, just relax and enjoy the reason you came – to see all that Berlin has to offer!
I had planned ahead for specific photos, but I also planned ahead for a number of other things on my trip to Berlin. Researching in advance and coming prepared with books, maps, and audio guides goes a long way to making your visit to Berlin less hectic.
The traffic light man (Ampelmann) from the East side of town is a bit of a cult figure.
It is different from the West side man and so popular that traffic lights on the West side started using him rather than the boring normal man. It's really special to Berlin.
If you want a bit of history check out this site: http://ampelmann.de/html/geschichte_english.html
You can buy lots of souvenirs with this emblematic figure.http://ampelmannshop.com/epages/Ampelmann.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectID=10073
The square is named after Townmajor Hans Christoph Friedrich von Hacke, situated at the eastern end of Oranienburgerstrasse. Formerly it was rather neglected area, especially during GDR era, but soon after reunification the square has developed into a cultural and commercial centre. The square become famous for its nightlife centered around Hackesche Hofe courtyard ensemble.
I found it as a great idea placing so many bear figures all over the town. Bear is a symbol of a town but symbols could be presented in a funny way too and yet far from being profaned. There are many other funny figures all over the town making its gray structure very pitoresque and showing that Berliners got a spirit.
My visit to Berlin was year before Wold Football Cup has began and the city was still under the major reconstruction works. Germans hate improvisations and everything must be well organized. Such a big sport event is a perfect for the promotion of the city and its touristic potentials to the world. Berlin has lots to offer and much to show.
It is more likely to see such a colourfull car in the southern Europe where people care in personlizing the own property. This picture was snaped in the Eastern part of Berlin, was it painted like this for a fun, or to be distinguished from other Polo's? Or it is just an good protection for car in order to save it from steallings?
Berling Zoological Garden is the oldest zoo in Germany, opened since 1844. It covers 34 hectares with more then 1.500 different species and around 17.000 animals. The Berlin Zoo is considered to be the most visited zoo in Europe with approximately 3 million annual visitors.
Almost all of the animals are housed in enclosures that are specialy designed to recreate their natural habitat.
Most Berliners could be almost offended if asking them what "Pralinetheke" is and where it is situated. The old lady whom I have ask was uppset after my question telling me; "jaaaaaaaaaaaa, sie must wiessen das, Gendarmenmarkt meine junge". Well, to be honest I didn't know it because I am not chocolate crazy type, but was very happy when lady called me "meine junge".
Fassbender und Rausch is probably one of the city landmarks or at least it must be for Germans who visiting Berlin. For the citizens of Berlin it is simply known as "Pralinetheke". This large shop, situated in Charlottenstrasse 60/Gendarmenmarkt, offers loose chocolates and handmade treats, such as truffels, pralines and sweets of the highest quality. But it is also a choco-restaurant, offering chocolate in a meal form.
Since it is manufacture - handmade production, the shop has exsibition of the own products, scale models of Brandenburg Gate, Titanic or Bundestag building.
My wife loves chocolate and she says is it sinfully delicious, here in this shop.
If you have visited Berlin in the past when it was still a divided city you may find yourself on later visits wondering at times, as we did, where you are now – that is, are you in the former East or the West? Some city maps (including the free one we picked up at our hotel) mark the line of the Wall, but another way to tell, though not infallible, is to study the pedestrian crossing lights. Those in my photo were taken in the East, and the jaunty character crossing the road (on the green light, naturally) is Ampelmann (literally “traffic light man”). This design was used for years in East Berlin (and I imagine elsewhere in East Germany) and on reunification there was talk of changing to the more conventional signs used in the West. But apparently there was public outcry as people had developed a fondness for Ampelmann, so he was spared and became something of a cult figure – indeed you will see him on souvenirs all over the city (see photos 2 & 3) and there is even an entire shop devoted to him (see my shopping tip). There’s a website too (see link below) and there you can read about his history, download an Ampelmann screensaver and meet his mate, Ampelfrau!
I don’t actually recommend however that you really use this to help you navigate as we did come across some exceptions to the “rule” that Ampelmann is seen only in the former East Berlin. His fame has spread and he can now be found helping people to cross safely at a few points in the west too. It isn’t apparently allowed (under European law) to use anything other than the internationally recognised standard sign on main roads, but on side roads in the west he is finding his place, and many argue that he is in fact a safer option as his area of illumination is almost twice that of the “normal” version.
The modern Alexanderplatz, and its immediate surrounds, is one of the most egalitarian public spaces in Europe. No single classification dominates it - it has its tourist attractions such as the TV tower, its shopping centres, the meeting places such as the World Clock, for visitors the Hi-rise Park Inn Hotel and of course the Alexanderplatz railway station.
However what characterised it for me were the drunks and punks hanging in the park - a sort of timeless and human aspect which hopefully the future development of the area will retain: although I doubt the city planners have factored them in ;(
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