Food and Drink, Berlin
Hauptmann von Köpenick (Captain of Koepenick) was the name given to a certain Wilhelm Voigt who, dressed as a Prussian army officer, managed to take over Koepenick's town hall for a few hours in 1906. In the process he had the mayor arrested and "confiscated" several thousand marks. It seems Voigt was a bit of a character, having spent much of his life in prison for various frauds, and on this occasion commandeered the services of soldiers from the local barracks to assist him with his escapade.
Having had the mayor arrested and sent under guard to a military facility he then had the Post Office shut down the telephone lines from the suburb and ordering the soldiers to secure the Town Hall for that period made good his escape.
Unfortunately he was arrested soon afterwards and sentenced to four years imprisonment. However his derring-do caught the public eye and even Kaiser Wilhelm II was sort of amused and pardoned him a year or so later. Voigt then wrote a book about his exploits which had relative success and since then several plays and films have retold the tale of his eccentric life.
The bar that bears his name is on the corner of Mahlsdorfer Strasse, across from the S-bahn station, and on a warm early June afternoon sitting outside for lunch with the street views for company appealed and so I gave it a shot.
I thoroughly enjoyed this - the blond woman serving, although a little too young for me (by about thirty years), was pleasant and attentive, the beer was cold and the Berliner Boulette, with its huge mound of carrots and peas and new potatoes, tasty and substantial. Two beers were required to wash it down and my total bill came to the princely sum of 9.80 Euros which made it one of the cheaper meals I've had here in Berlin :-)
My reccomendation for a romantic sunset is the LiLu Strandbar in Berlin-Spandau.
Unfortunately their new website is not online yet and the current one only comes in German. But just look at the picture and imagine yourself in one of the beach chairs, cool cocktail or beer in hand, watching the sun set behind the "Spandau Skyline"!
If your're lucky you might be able to watch a family of swans come to the shore to retire there for the night.
If you want to taste good beer, schnaps or also extremely good healthy apple juice, take the trip to a Wedding district. Wedding is really not one of the go-out-/party-areas of Berlin, but it's worth going the distance.
A very nice bar-team, great drinks - incl. the added value of independence and originality - and a cosy location. they have great standard beers from a lager to pils to a darker one. During the year the offer seasonal beers, like Maibock. You can eat Flammkuchen (a french kind of pizza) and snacks there, too, and even buy beer from 5 to 50 litres or so, juice, schnaps to take home!
You have to go to S-Bahn-station Wedding or better to U-Bahn-station Leopoldplatz and then down Müller-street. from there you take a turn into Trist-street. Go to number 67 and follow the signs through the entrance area of a residential area and then some steps down to the bar.
Triftstr. 67 · 13353 Berlin
Tel. 030 / 462 68 37
Mobile: 0162 / 493 19 15
Eschenbräu opens daily from 15.00 during summer and 17.00 during the rest of the year. Closes, when the last guest leaves :-)
The "Freischwimmer" is a former boat rental company and boat repair-workshop, builds approx. 1932. During the wall time allotment gardens were resident here.
The "Freischwimmer" is meanwhile since 1998 directly on the shore of the flood ditch exactly on the former border area between Treptow and Kreuzberg opposite site of the "Club der Visionäre".
The access to the water restaurant is directly beside the oldest Berlin gas station (Aral).
Bus 265, N 65 | U-Bhf. Schlesisches Tor | S-Bhf. Treptower Park
This was a pretty elite place back before the wall came down, and now "normal" people can come here too. This sit on the rug cozy central asian tearoom is smack next to the gorky theater, so be careful to make reservations, especially if / when the theater gets out. Beautiful paintings and carved wooden walls and columns give the place a very mystical air. The perfect space to while away the winter hours chatting and drinking hot and excellent tea. the prices aren't cheap but they aren't overly expensive either. The entire waitress staff are mysteriously butch lesbians, but quite friendly.
If you are a beer lover, probably the weirdest drink you can find in Berlin is Berliner Weisse mit Schuss. It is originally a sour wheat beer, but it is flavoured with either woodruff or rasberry. Woodruff Berliner Weisse is known for its green colour, while rasberry version is red.
The taste of the drink is more like a sour mix of limonade and bier. It contains slightly less alcohol than normal bier, but it is on the other hand served in a slightly bigger glass.
Me and my friends have really hated that liquid since we first tried it in 1996, but last year it tasted good for me for some reason. What is sure I have try it again next time, independent of whether it tastes good or bad.
I passed by this structure on my picture located at the corner of Marburgerstraße and Tauentzienstraße (district Schöneberg).
It was quite creative and strange example of small city architecture in my opinion. There was a restaurant called "Schlemmer Pylon" in the bright red, how to say... coach on the ground floor.
the entire thai community of berlin gathers at the park by the u7 konstanzer straße station. Whenever the weather's warm (but especially on summer weekends) hundreds of thai people come here to socialize, massage each other, and make some cash selling thai street food. It's cheap and a lot better than what you get int he restaurants here, and they sell things you wouldn't normally find on menus catering to westerners. bring a picnic basket, blanket, although when you buy the food they will usually lend you a plate and fork and spoon as well as condiments. Ask the vendors for advice on how to eat the food because the condiments are half the fun!
If you like chocolate then you are going love this place. We went at easter and so the displays of chocolate were of the Easter bunny kind. Huge scary rabbit it was!
Does a mean hot chocolate.
Good find a nice, quiet pub for a nice beer and snack. This one was close to the Kaiser Wilhelm area just off the Kurfurstendamm street.