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    People-watching in Berlin...

    by arturowan Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    Berlin has the reputation of being a dense metropolis, conspiring an uneasy blend of former Soviet 'syeriy' (grey - "monotony") & western modernism...
    It came as a personal revelation then, to find what an open, airy, major city it actually is, especially considering, my arrival was in the much maligned, eastern sector...
    The most pleasant surprise was to discover the variety of green spaces of all shapes & sizes, dotted throughout the sprawl of buildings & autobahns...
    Like London, you're never more than a walk away from a park or public garden, where, despite the vicinity of heavy traffic, the noise dissolves & it is possible to delude yourself you are not even in an urban area...
    0n a sunny day, Berlin is truly a beautiful capital to be - & I say that as somebody who is about as non-urban as any traveller on this site!
    If I had to choose a city park bench to spend a spring day, just folk-watching, then Berlin is where I'd choose to go...

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  • Mauerpark Flea Market

    by TLGV Written Dec 22, 2011

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    The Mauerpark Flea Market is located in Prenzlauer Berg.

    Vendors vary from artists selling paintings and prints to antique dealers to people selling random junk. This large outdoor Flea Market is only open on Sundays. I would recommend at least 2 hours to visit the different vendors, grab a beer and currywurst and maybe listen to some music in the park.

    I wish we had spent more time here. I'm not a big shopper, but I enjoyed looking at the varied booths (we bought a couple of photography prints, t-shirts, and an old coffee grinder that my husband just had to have).

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  • relaxing at the women's turkish bath

    by miromi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the lovely steam bath

    on the cold cold winter nights it's nice to spend a ladie's day bathing in the hamam in Kreuzberg. The steambath is my favorite, with small bowls of hot water and fountains and splashing. Hot delicious tea and fruits and chocolates can be consumed in the tea room, while you dry off your feet in the thick rugs and chat and gossip. It's in the basement of a women's collective and one of the nicest ways to spend winter evenings with your lady friends.

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    Visit the Humboldt University

    by EviP Written Aug 6, 2010
    wording by Karl Marx, Humboldt Uni entrance

    It is Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810.
    Many of the world famous personalities have been professor or lecturers here, including Engels, Marx and Einstein.

    Walking passed it on the way to Unter den Linden I was intrigued to enter...!

    Karl Marx's words in the entrance translate to:

    "Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways, but now it is a matter of changing it"

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    Berlin Victory Column AKA Goldelse

    by grandmaR Written May 2, 2010

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    We passed the Siegessäule on the bus although we did not get to actually visit. It was designed by Heinrich Strack after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. By the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). These were called the "Unification Wars". The statue of the bronze Victoria designed by Friedrich Drake is on the top.

    According to internet sites: Built on a base of polished red granite, the column sits on a hall of pillars with a glass mosaic designed by Anton von Werner.

    The column itself consists of four solid blocks of sandstone, three of which are decorated by cannon barrels captured from the enemies of the Unification Wars. The fourth ring was added by Hitler after the Battle of France ended.

    ..In 1939, the Nazis relocated the column to its present site at the Großer Stern (Great Star), a large intersection on the city axis that leads from the former Berliner Stadtschloss (Berlin City Palace) through the Brandenburg Gate to the western parts of the city. The place it originally stood was heavily bombed by the Allies so it probably would not have survived.

    The relief decoration (photo 2) was removed at the request of the French forces in 1945, and without a British-American veto, the French would have dynamited the monument after the war. It was restored for the 750th anniversary of Berlin in 1987 by the French president at that time, François Mitterrand. However, several sections remain in France.

    You can visit by walking through one of four tunnels under the heavily trafficked circle, built in 1941 according to the plans of Albert Speer. For a small fee you can climb a steep spiral staircase of 285 steps almost to the top of the column, to just under the statue. From this perspective you can look over the Tiergarten including the Soviet War Memorial, 1946, in line with the Nazi proposed north-south triumphal way by Speer and Hitler.

    The Victory Column is open daily: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (April – October), and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (November – March).

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    keep walking!

    by EviP Written May 18, 2009

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    L��wenbr��cke in the Tiergarten (Lions' Bridge)
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    this site tries to collect and display information of various "hidden places" all over Berlin.
    It is a city guide for hidden art and points of natural beauty, unusual places of entertainment, secret corners of contemplation and selected shopping tips.

    Discover as many as you can by district or theme/interest !

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  • Visit one of the oldest airports Tempelhof

    by tierecke Written Aug 22, 2008

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    Tempelhof is one of the oldest civilian airports and it was designed by the Nazi architect Albert Speer.
    It is located inside the city, just next to buildings - which is by itself very funny. It's a tiny airport and it's a pleasure to fly from or to, but even if not - you can just go inside and get impressed by the architecture and the grandeur - and Nazi architecture. It's easy to imagine how it was full of swastikas.
    An airport with style.

    This is where the west also flew in supply to the sieged Berlin after World War II (Luftbrücke). A monument with explanations are just outside of the airport

    U6 to Platz der Luftbrücke and you are just there.

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  • Flughafensee - enjoy a great lake

    by tierecke Written Aug 22, 2008

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    Flughafensee

    Berlin is full of lakes.
    My favorite one is Flughafensee (Airport lake). It's very close to Tegel Airport and you can see airplanes landing and taking off while you're relaxing on the shore of a great lake, or while taking a swim there.
    The lake is inside a forest and is absolutely beautiful and not very toured. During the week you'll be here alone more or less.

    How to get there? Take U6 to Otisstraße, from which it is a short walk (you go down the station, turn left, cross the big street and you are inside the forest, a short walk and you reach the lake).

    Absolutely great.

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    Your own private guide

    by geordieontour Updated Jun 29, 2008

    there are plenty of reasons to visit berlin and its environs. for whichever one of these you have in mind, unwrapping history can offer you just the right tour. group- or individualtours, tours with basic information or customized for special wishes - unwrapping history can make you an offer for all these requests. there is no wish they cannot grant. just try them.

    We had our own guide in Martin who met us at the hotel.
    Contact Martin on martin at unwrapping history

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    contemporary architecture: the diplomanviertel

    by maya1902 Written Feb 22, 2008

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    in this are of Berlin there were all the embassies after the First World War,and was one of the most luxurious of the city. but during the Second they were at most destroyed and most of them left to Bonn. After the unit of Germany with the Wall’s fall, the embassies were rebuild( and very important architects were called ) ,and some of them take the original position of the Start of XX century.
    so, this one of the best path i’ ve ever done in my life. Starting from Grossern Stern , in the heart of Tiegarten, in which there is la Siegessaule( Victory’s column ), you have to go straight on Hofjagerallee and see the first of the Nordic counties’ embassy, in blue. I suggest to visit it in late day, so you can see it a crystal, thanks to the faboulous lights’ playing. It ’s really suggestive. Next , exactly near this embassy ,you will find the Mexican embassy, even wonderful, with two thin colomn on the both sides of the glass entrance. Turn left on Von der Heydt strasse ( at the corner you will seen the CDU house- one of the most important party of Germany, it seems as big boat) and then turn again left to Hiroshimastrasse , when there is of course the Japanese embassy and the Italian ones (it’s PINK!!) ,both with features of Nazism’s architecture.
    At the end of Hiroshimastrasse, turn right to Tiegartenstrasse and check the Southern Africa embassy, the Austrian( one of the best )and the Egyptian( with some pictures from ancient Egypt) .
    Then reach easily the Kulturforum or go to the near Potsdamer Platz.

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    relaxing at the water...

    by Dutch1980 Written Jul 17, 2006

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    relaxing in the sun

    Just across the street of the Haubtbahnhoff the centrall train station in the Centre of Berlin is a river and across the river there a lot of beachbars.

    In summer is very relaxing to have a beer there and eat someyhing after a long day of walking trough Berlin.

    So just go across the street of the Central Train station, go over the bridge and you will find it easy.

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    Discover the Wacky World of Zen

    by Eurasian68 Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    The main school of the Kwan Um School of Zen (a korean tradition buddhism) is situated in Berlin - Wedding.

    The temple is a peaceful and friendly place to discover the wacky world of Zen! Sign up for a medition introduction course or learn about the wonderful stories of buddhism. An unforgetable experience for those who has always been fasinated by this tolerant religion.

    Regular Practise:
    Tuesdays 7pm - 10pm
    Fridays 7pm Introduction
    Fridays 7:30pm - 9pm

    Last weekend every month:
    Saturdays 8pm - 2am Night Practise
    Sundays 10am - 2pm Simple Vegetarian Lunch included

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    Discover the Wacky World of Zen

    by Eurasian68 Written Dec 31, 2005

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    Our Altar in the Dharma Room
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    The main school of the Kwan Um School of Zen (a korean tradition buddhism) is situated in Berlin - Wedding.

    The temple is a peaceful and friendly place to discover the wacky world of Zen! Sign up for a medition introduction course or learn about the wonderful stories of buddhism. An unforgetable experience for those who has always been fasinated by this tolerant religion.

    Regular Practise:
    Tuesdays 7pm - 10pm
    Fridays 7pm Introduction
    Friadays 7:30pm - 9pm

    Last weekend every month:
    Saturdays 8pm - 2am Night Practise
    Sundays 10am - 2pm Simple Vegetarian Lunch included

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    Treptow Crematorium

    by hundertmorgen Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Treptow Crematorium has become an object of study for enthusiastic friends and students of contemporary architecture from all over the world.

    We went there one day on our shorttrip and I must say it really worths a visit although it takes some time to go there by train and bus.

    But you can combine it with a visit at Treptower Park, the sculpture "Molecule Man" at the river Spree and a coffee stop at the Flutgraben (Restaurant "Freischwimmer" and the "Club der Visionäre").

    Bus, Tube, Tram: S 6, S 8, S 9, S 10, S 45, S 46 Baumschulenweg; Bus 166

    Hours of opening: Mon-Fri 9.00-15.00

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    Use a public toilet

    by mi5chelle Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Ode la toilette

    Look, I don't know about you, but generally I am not too excited about using public toilets. However, Berlin has the cleanest, coolest designed public toilets I have ever seen.

    For .50 cent euro, you watch the automated room come to life and provide a sterile environment for you to do your thing - and is wheelchair accessible. It flushes itself, it cleans itself. You can even take a shower inside if you want, the door will stay closed for 20 minutes.

    Even if you don't have to go, just drop by one of these just for the experience. Consider it like a cheap amusement park ride.

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