Things to do, Berlin
Of Berlin in the late 1970s, Bowie said, "This town is the culturally most extravagant what one can introduce himself at the moment. A town of full bars for sad, disappointed people. I love this.
Most people know that David Bowie had a fascination with the city of Berlin, and lived here from time to time and still visits, and when he came in concert last year it was huge! Some people say he when he lived and worked in Berlin he stayed in Schöneberg, other sources says Kreuzburg, another Neukoeln . I had heard Prenzlaur Berg! The official source says he lived at "155 Hauptstrasse, Schöneberg, West Germany. (October 1976 - February 1978)." That is correct, people still come by to see it, and its mentioned on a walking tour as well.
They said he went to see museums in the day, to the wildest clubs at night, and as he said, he was a "try-sexual"...he would try anything, when he wasn´t recording with a collaborator, Brian Eno or Iggy Pop. Bowie is still one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time, reinventing himself for different generations from the Ziggy Stardust days til now.
In an interview for French radio Bowie said "Berlin has the strange ability to make you write only the important things. Anything else you don't mention and in the end you produce Low."
For a biography of his life, click Here 4 Bowie!
Check out the song, HEROES or HELDEN is one of David Bowie's most creative and inspirational masterpieces. It´s Sasha and I´s theme song too! ;-) Check out the places Bowie went around Berlin, many places hang the famous photo of him in their shop windows. "Bowie was here!"
Its like a colony of artists, some arists have been awarded to have a studio display and work space in these buildings through the National and International Studio Program. Its like a residency program that helps international artists fulfill project ideas, one can apply all year long. At certain times these artists wing is opened to the public, and one can see some of the up and coming stars of tomorrow, plus the works of former residents.
What is also unique about this absolutely beautifully renovated buildings is one can rent the buildings for events or celebrations and have catering as well. To do that use this contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel. 030. 243459-51
The building itself is also a work of art, lovingly renovated. Its main building is from the 18th century. It was a butter factory, it was in complete collapse, but these people who love art of all kinds were determine to make it into a haven for those who shared their views.
We went to view work that had been recommended by a friend. I thought I would be bored, but the place really makes you feel peaceful, its very beautiful, and has the cafe inside, hotel space, exhibitions. It´s a secret jewel a lot of people miss when visiting Berlin if they don´t specifically know this place is here.
KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.V., Institute for Contemporary art
tel. 030.24 34 59 0
fax 030.24 34 59 99
opening hours: tue - sun noon - 6pm.
admission: adults 4 Euro, concessions 2.50 Euro. Children under 12 free.
Yoga houses are popping up all over Berlin as there is a great movement among 20 and 30 somethings and others also, to study esoteric, spiritualist, and new age ways of life in order to achieve greater harmony.
The house I was introduced into is the Deutsch Akademie fur Traditionelles Yoga at Wartburgstr. 6, 10823 Berlin. The type of yoga offered is Tantra Yoga. Also at this location there are often seminars specializing in self-improvement, women's issues, and relationships. Other types offered are Hatha-Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Bhakti-Yoga, Ayurveda and Kasmir Sivaismus.
This particular house is a combination of living space, meditational rooms for exercise classes, kitchen and bathroom facilities and a storefront. There are regular instructor/leaders who live at the property all the time as well as those members who spend one week of every month living at the house. It's communal living at its spiritual finest. Everyone is very friendly and loving as they strive towards spiritual enlightenment. Just walk in anytime if you are passing by in the neighborhood and get a flyer to know what times they meet.
The place is called Liquidrom Therme Berlin and the main idea is to listen to music while soothing in warm, hot salted water.
It is relaxing, eventhough it was too salty for your lips. But on the other side you wouldn't be able to float and keep your ears under the water, for the loud-speakers are beneath the watersurface.
There are several pools and a bar, you pay with a jeton-system - only when exiting you balance the bill.
As Finns here a comment on the sauna is required. What a poor attempt to copy the northern way of bathing. First of all the sauna was way tooo dry. Secondly you absolutely need to pour or cast water from time to time on the heated stones. There was NO water what so ever.
I didn't find any wildlife in Berlin except ducks swimming along Spree River and Berlin's canals including the LandwehrKanal in Kreuzberg. They didn't look hungry so I even didn't try to feed them.
OK, I saw wild bears (brown or... full of colors) in Unter den Linden but they were not alive. Add wild and alive nightlife esp. in district of Kreuzberg.
I went upstairs to the top of the tower of St. Mathew church (St. Matthäus Kirche) at first to enjoy the view towards impressive new and modern architecture of Berlin around Potsdamer Platz.
The stairs were quite steep and on the way up I could see two large paintings or rather compositions of a few pictures put together hanged on the walls of the tower. One of them is on my picture. Excuse, I have no idea what picture it was.
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten)
U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
I enjoyed the architecture of The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) both outside and inside. The building opened in 1978 at Potsdamer Straße was designed by architect Hans Scharoun. There were impressive architectural landscapes with a total of 910 workstations in the General and Special Reading Rooms.
I bought a day ticket for 0.50 € at ticket machine by the entrance (on my picture). This ticket entitled me to enter the reading rooms and view items of the reference libraries. There were numerous computer workstations with access to internet (= VT pages :-) in General Reading Room.
Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten)
General Reading Room:
Mon - Fri: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm,
Sat: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm,
Sun - closed.
The complex of modern buildings located south of Potsdamerstra?e bordering Potsdamer Platz is cultural, entertainment, commerial and first of all shopping center of newly built Berlin.
What was there?
- Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Alte Potsdamer Stra?e 7, 10117 Berlin), Berlin's flagship shopping mall: over 120 shops, cafes, and restaurants under high glass ceilings; open 9.30 am - 8 pm Mon-Fri; 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Sat; restaurants open until midnight,
- Stella Musical Theater,
- Casino (Spielcasino),
- movie theaters (19 halls including 3D I-Max cinema),
- hotels: Madison Apartment Hotel and Grand Hyatt Hotel (on the left on my pic),
- banks, Daimler Benz company headquarters, other companies.
I was too tired to spend there... a few hours, I suppose. I can only say that the architecture of the area was really impressive.
The Philharmonic Hall in Berlin's Kulturforum is one of the most famous concert halls in the world and the house of famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The building with its distinctive architecture was opened in 1963 with a concert by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under famous Herbert von Karajan.
There were the two halls: the Gro?er Saal (Great Hall) and the Kammermusiksaal (Chamber Music Hall), both known for their excellent acoustic.
Guided tours of both the Main Auditorium and the Chamber Music Hall were offered daily at 1 pm free of charge (in German). Meeting point: Artist's entrance (Doorman of the Philharmonic Hall) Access across the parking lot. Hmm... I was too late. Maybe next time.
There are numerous concerts played there. Just in case... tickets costed approx. 50 - 110 ? (depends on a seat) for the top class concert of Beethoven music in the Great Hall when I was there and all tickets were sold out.
Follow the link below, check the concert calendar, ticket availability, price and buy your tickets online or call the number below (ticket hotline).
Tegel Lake for your afternoon relaxation. I'm not sure if you can swim in it, but you can definitely sail or surf. Reach it by U-Bahn 6 (stop Alt-Tegel), or on foot if you're staying in the above-described camp.