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)
The Old-New Synagogue. Sadly, it must remain under 24-hour police protection, as do most buildings explicitly connected to Berlin's Jewish community. I was told that this was equally due to threats from the Neo-Nazi and the anti-Israeli Arab communities.
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.
Having been destroyed, beginning in 1988 it has been reconstructed, now it's the home of the Centrum Judaicum. We've visited an exhibition of the destruction of jewish life in Germany between 1938-44.
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....
I wonder if Marx & Engels could have foreseen how there ideas would be interpreted and implemented. Would hey have been pleased?
Once the biggest commercial street in Berlin , it was divided in two by the Wall, but when it came down, the street started bluming again.
This is part of an old building we saw while walking around. It was bombed out, and has never been rebuilt. It was amazing to see things like this, because we just don't have that in America.
The former Academy of Song, now the site of the Maxim Gorki Theatre (left) and the Palais am Festungsgraben with its luxurious marble room also have the austere atmosphere of Berlin Classicism.