In 1945 the war in Europe ended and the allies took over the administration of Berlin but there was soon a falling out between east & west as to how Berlin was to develop. The cold war had begun and... more
I thought Potsdam was an interesting town but the highlight for me was our chance to explore the enormous park west of the town of Potsdam. The park has numerous Palaces or Schloss created during the... more
Another astonishing part of the Pergamon museum is that of the monumental reconstruction of archaeological building ensembles of Babylon (modern Iraq).
After passing under the Roman Gate of Miletus... more
Beneath the Bell Tower there is the Langemarckhalle which also serves as the grandstand for the Maifeld. It was originally built on the instructions of Adolf Hitler to perpetuate the myth of the... more
KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) is the largest department store in continental Europe and there's something for everyone. Even if you don't want to buy anything, I recommend a visit to the food hall,... more
There is a lot of information and there are exhibits and detailed accounts and explanations in both German and English.... although some of these you may not wish to read - especially the experiments... more
As it happened....we were so close to it....Fabian...our guide from the "Berlin Walks"Tours...brought us by the site of where the bunker in fact was and still is..somewhere under the ground.
There is... more
The Rotes Rathaus or Red Town Hall is so named because of the colour of its bricks. It was built between 1861 and 1869 by Hermann Friedrich Waesemann who was inspired by Italian Renaissance buildings.... more
The Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Berlin is the only one of its kind in Germany. The entrance gate contains 9 bells, the oldest bell dating back to 1898. The bells from the entrance gate were taken... more
The Sony Center is a building complex located at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany. It is Berlin's new heart, the Center enthrals some eight million visitors every year.
The Sony Center was... more
Topographie of Terror is a decentralized outdoor exhibit on the Nazi terror. Its main exhibit is situated directly at a still existing stretch of the Berlin Wall and the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
The St. Marienkirche is one of Berlins’ oldest churches which is thought to date from about 1270. The oldest parts of the church are constructed from granite but the majority of the building is... more
Having been inspired to visit Berlin by the wonderfully human account in Anna Funder's book "Stasiland" I'd pencilled in a visit to the Stasimuseum on my very short "Things to Do" list - the other two... more
This fountain has been standing in its current position in the Rathausvorplatz since 1969, however it was created by Reinhold Begas in 1891.
The focus of the fountain is Neptune, perched in the... more
It was my third visit to this museum and my enthusiasm already expressed here in 2006 has not wavered.
The Gemäldegalerie is and remains for me one of the four best museums of ancient paintings in... more
This is an event which became the world’s biggest dance music event.which takes place every Summer and a million + party people, techno freaks descend on the city for a street party you have never... more
Schloss Bellevue was built for Prince August Ferdinand of Prussia as a summer palace and was completed in 1791. It stands in 20 hectares of grounds and was used as a royal residence until 1918. It... more
One of the newer museums in Berlin is the DDR Museum. It gives an insight into the history of East Germany with hands on artefacts, films, photographs and a Trabant. The basic concept is a brilliant... more
this is the place to go if you are into modern art, although after a long walk along the canals it's a very quiet and soothing walk down the steps into this beautiful former train station. everyone... more
Once the largest synagogue in Europe, this building was first built back in 1859-1866 by the German architect, Eduard Knoblauch. Sadly it was heavily damaged in World War Two and was rebuilt in... more
The Molecule Man is a 30 metre high, 45 ton aluminium sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky and is positioned in the River Spree between the Elsen Bridge and the Badeschiff Arena. It is a feature which can... more
The Oberbaumbrücke Bridge was built across the River Spree between 1894-6 in a Brandenburg Gothic brick style. The bridge was modified to accommodate U-Bahn line in 1904 making it a double decker... more
Actually there are three museums "Galeries" displaying paintings (and sculptures) in Berlin.
This one called "Alte" is the oldest for the building built around 1870 on the Museumsinsel but not for the... more
Pariser Platz stands at the eastern end of Unter den Linden next to the Brandenburg Gate. It was laid out between 1732 and 1734 in what was a Baroque expansion of the city. It received its present... more
First Visit-May 2003
Berlin was the first place that I visited in what I call my ‘solo’ holiday phase in 2003, and it seems such a time ago I can’t remember why I choice to go there first. Though......
This page is more or less finished. I will add some little tips, but you will be able to survive in Berlin without them. I have only published tips which I could illustrate with digital photos - and...
In spite of bad weather conditions, it was too cold, I've spend an pleasant weekend in Berlin, the town which has so many faces. It is attractive, cosmopolitan, multicultural and multiethnic city with...
Berlin, one of the greenest cities in the world with one third of the city being made up of forest and lakes.
Summer here is not to be missed with many festivals and of course weather permitting beer...