Watching the tourist ships passing the bank of the river Spree I observed again suprising memorials.
People trying to escape from the former communist government of Eastern Germany were simply killed when crossing the river.
These signs you will see near the new and modern representative buildings not far from the Reischstag. The white crosses show with the names and dates of death of people who died attempting to cross the border lines. There are similar memorials along the former perimeter of the Wall. The empty black space is for a person whose data are unknown.
The momuments have a heavy impact on visitors.
Get the story behind the incredible controversy surrounding it. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, designed by US architect Peter Eisenmann.
This monument commemorating the murdered European Jews is a field of stelae, a labyrinth for visitors to walk through 2711 grey concrete blocks of widely varying height from 0,20 m to 4.70 m.
Made me quiet and thinking.
The expocentre "Messe Berlin" in area of Charlottenburg belongs to the best in the world. In 26 pavilions with an exhibition area nearby 160 thousand of square meters annually take place about 60 exhibitions-fairs.
The Domaquaree is an example for the new post-modern architecture which has been shaping the Berlin-Mitte district since the re-unification. It contains lots of office-space, several restaurants, the SAS Radisson hotel and the SeaLife centre. As you can see in the picture, it also features a roofed pedestrian street which could come in handy should you be surprised by a freak shower on your way from the Brandenburg Gate to the Alexanderplatz.
I approached Tacheles with a bunch of new found friends from my hostel. We go up to the bombed out ruins of a former department store that was originally part of the Friedrichstadtpassagen. I thought, "What am I getting into?". We walked inside and found one of the coolest contemporary artist exhibitions that I have come across anywhere. Also there were a number of funky cafes. I had a blast. Apparently, in 1990 the Tacheles Artists' Initiative squatted the ruins and now there is a protection order for it. I recommend swinging by the place, especially at night when the more mainstream tourists may not be around.
I can't remember the name of this building, but it was bombed in World War II and never repaired, since it was on the Eastern side, and the Communists couldn’t afford to rebuild all the buildings. Now, with reunification, there's an artists' colony perched inside it now, complete with a fully-stocked bar. There's nothing more Armageddon-like than drinking a beer in a bombed-out building. Talk about Apocalypse Now...
Sabsi has just told me that the building is called the Tacheles and used to be a department store. Aparently in the past year, it's begun to be rebuilt and now the only people hanging around are drug-dealers. It's amazing how fast Berlin changes.
Still on my way I also passed by the "Palast der Republik" that has been formally the government building of the GDR parliament.
This building has been a Multi-functionality-building with theater, bars, restaurants and a lot more, built with an outstanding interior architecture thatfor it has been in a list between the 65 worldwide biggest constructions of this multi-function idea.
The Tacheles is located in the ruins of a former department store. The building was originally part of the Friedrichstadtpassagen. In WW2 the building was hit by bombs. 1990, the Tacheles Artists' Initiative squatted the ruins and now there is a protection order for it. There are exhibitions from contemporary artists, theatre and a cinema.
Friedrichstraße is the most legendary street in the whole city and combines the tradition of the "Golden Twenties" with the architecture of the New Berlin. In the Twenties, the 3.5 km long street was the location for pleasure palaces, cafés, theatres and variety theatres such as the famous "Wintergarten".
From Checkpoint Charlie I walked towards "Unter den Linden", sometimes taking some sideroads. I just liked this bike which was in front of a garden store. It was filled with flowers, and plants. It made me think of spring, with the sun shining nicely outside... hahaha, of course I still have to wait quite a few months before it is spring. It is only January!
Shopping!!! Alte Schönhauser Straße
The 'Alte SChönhauser Straße' and the 'Neue Schönhauser Strasse' are having nice shops with clothes which will boom in future. if you will not shoping like a boring tourist visit this streets!!
(this tip is made for young people)
This old commercial building dynamited during the 1960's became a mecca of the alternative mobility of Berlin.The building was transformed into an areaattractinmg various art. When I first came upon it it looked like a condemned building. Out front there are small art galleries of many styles. In the backyard there was DJ music and a movie being shown on the side of a building ! I then saw lights coming from some of the upper floors of the building. There were small bars set up on various floors, art showcases and even a band playing. All very cool. Something I'm glad I didn't miss. Though it's very easy to. . Its fate is still not sealed: Tacheles is likely to fall into property developers one day.I think it is called Tacheles at Oranienburger Starsse 54-56
Visit the Tacheles, a cultural center located in a ruined building. It originally was a Jewish supermarket (or some other kind of store), bombed at the end of WWII and never restored. Sometimes there's talk of it being pulled down because it's supposedly dangerous, but I think it has become too important a cultural monument for this to ever happen. There are various art exhibitions and stuff, and sometimes plays and other performances are organised here.
Kino International is a former DDR Kino/Cinema. The architecture is great. If you are going to see a movie in Berlin, go to this place and enjoy some recent and disappearing history.
There are several of these psuedo guards along one stretch of raod beside the Berlin Wall. They look to be guards of old who escaped via a fetish club....