Land Berlin Favorites

  • Personal Memories and Impressions
    by croisbeauty
  • Personal Memories and Impressions
    by croisbeauty
  • Personal Memories and Impressions
    by croisbeauty

Land Berlin Favorites

  • Useful Information

    Berlin Favorites

    The 3-Day-Ticket Museum Pass Berlin is a good buy. For 19 € one has a FREE ADMISSION to 55 museums and exhibitions on three consecutive days. The pass is available at all Berlin Tourist info's or at participating museums. I got mine at the ticket office on the Museumsinsel (between Neues Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie; not the best place because...

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  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    Berlin Favorites

    Berlin is a huge city and to truly explore it takes weeks, but even on a short trip, you can see more than just the central tourist sections by jumping on its extensive mass transit system. We got into Berlin a little later than planned but easily found our hostel and asked the receptionist if there was a Vietnamese restaurant in the city. He said...

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  • Sightseeing Tours/ City walks/ Boat...

    Berlin Favorites

    Not my favorite thing...but a general tip: If you are thinking about taking a tour, I would recommend doing it by bus. Normally I enjoy walking tours because I feel you get to experience more; however, consider walking around some more by yourself afterwards. The fact is, Berlin is huge with spread out attractions and if you want to really see most...

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  • History - World War II

    Berlin Favorites

    Admiring its architecture. Visiting Treptower Park used to be a must for all Soviet citizens - this is what the hosts told us. We were taken to the memorial dedicated to the Soviet soldiers and officers who had fallen during the battles in and around Berlin in 1945. It was very impressive to see all those monuments and tombs of the fallen soldiers...

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  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Favorites

    The Berlin that I knew was the splitted city, a few months after the falling of the wall and before the unification. My kids enthusiastically joined the crowds hitting the remaining panels of the wall, without any idea about the meaning of that gesture. Now they do know. It was important to be there then, to see the differences separating both...

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  • Ku-Damm (Kurfürstendamm)

    Berlin Favorites

    Shopping in Berlin is fabulous - from Ka-De-We (the German version of Harrods) along to C&A - they have some great shops. There is about three blocks of great shopping - mostly department stores - but they are really nice and fairly well priced (C&As are a bargain though you have to watch as they are still putting in shoulder pads!!). We stayed...

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  • Reichstag

    Berlin Favorites

    The Parlament from Germany it is next to Brandenburg gate. It is very impressive the big glass dome on top where you can enjoy a great view of Berlin (in a good weather day!) Always queues, so we did missed this time, but Sandra went up. Keep in mind the security check that it is very strict Free entrance from 8am till midnight, everyday.

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  • Museums

    Berlin Favorites

    The museum Berlin-Karlshorst focuses on the Second World-War and its impact for both the Russian and German participants. It shows how soldiers and civilians shared the experience of suffering, loss and death after the German agression against the Sovient Union in 1941. Even though situated a bit off the beaten path in Berlin-Karlshorst...

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  • Potsdamer Platz

    Berlin Favorites

    As for the contemporary architecture, Postdamerplatz is today probably the most interesting sight in whole of the world. I didn't take any picture of it in a gloomy day-light, and that was right decision because the whole area looks spectacular under the lights. The most attractive is Sony Center of course, which looks alike to those scenes we see...

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  • Siegessäule (Victory Column)

    Berlin Favorites

    Cross the road by a tunnel which will bring you safely to the centre {the Grosser Stern}and the Siegessaule which is only a few €s to walk up. A gilded figure by Friedrich Drake representing Victory, known as the 'Goldelse', was added to the top, of the column based on a design by Johann Heinrich Strack. Great views from the top but a long way up...

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  • Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

    Berlin Favorites

    The church was built from 1891?95 but destroyed in 1943. Originally the ruins should be replaced by a new building but after protests they stayed and were integrated in the new building and now you have the contrast between history and the new modern building. The entrance to the church is free and you can get there by using the subway U15 or U9....

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  • Churches

    Berlin Favorites

    For sheer OOMPH factor, this was definitely my favourite church in Berlin. It's the Nikolai Kirche in the Nikolaiviertel and no you are not seeing double, it has two spires, just like Siamese twins. I'd seen this church from the bus on my first day in Berlin and was very anxious to get back and have a proper look. I got my chance on Saturday, in...

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  • Unter den Linden

    Berlin Favorites

    Unter den Linden (under the lime trees) is a boulevard in the Mitte District, probably the most famous street of Berlin. It runs east-west direction of the city centre. Actually, it is long and large avenue from Schlossbruecke up to the Brandenburg Gate where so many historical, cultural and political sites could be found. For many tourists and...

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  • Berlin-Mitte

    Berlin Favorites

    it is now east-berlin (ost-berlin) which is the new city center, so the district is upside down , everything is being rebuilt, you will see dozens of trucks coming from the czech republic for the works ; the former west-berlin centers are now quite far by foot

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  • Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

    Berlin Favorites

    The Museum Island is a great place in general. It is comprised of five museums The bode Museum (celebrating its grand reopening when I was there with lines around the block so I skipped it) The Altes Museum for antiquities (meaning Greco-Roman or Egyptian), the National Gallery for art (I passed on this one too) and best of all, the Pergamum Museum...

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  • East Side Gallery

    Berlin Favorites

    If you do nothing else culture-wise here in Berlin you must visit the East Side Gallery. This is a 1.2 km stretch of the former Berlin Wall which has been turned into a unique public art space. I'm not going to go into too much detail about the wall as such since there is an abundance of information here and elsewhere but rather simply share my...

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  • Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

    Berlin Favorites

    I love cathedrals and Berlin has many. My favorite is the Berliner Dom. To enter when services are not being held you must pay 3€, but on Sundays I think you can get in free when concerts or special services not being held. I have gone just to see it but also for a concert of Bach music that is played on the antique organ that take almost a whole...

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  • Transportation

    Berlin Favorites

    There are sixteen former ghost stations located in the Berlin U-Bahn and S-Bahn systems, named so because they were not accessible during the Cold War. Some of these ghost stations still have the original lettering from the 1930's in gothic, a trademark of the Nazis. I have two pictures of ghost stations. Notice the gothic lettering, a trademark of...

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  • History - Cold War

    Berlin Favorites

    The Berlin Wall is largely gone except for a few preserved sections like Mauer Park. The differences between East and West Berlin are steadily disappearing, though you can at times still feel the difference. One way to tell where the wall was is to look for sections of empty lots, empty not because no one wants to build where the wall stood, but...

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  • Checkpoint Charlie

    Berlin Favorites

    Berlin is not just Berlin, Berlin is a living historical legend. Try to understand the last three and four decades this city and its inhabitants have been put through and admire the vitality and joy you encounter. You still may see a harsh contrast between the former West and East, but eventually these differences wil be equalised. Is this good or...

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  • Events

    Berlin Favorites

    From the official ITB-Page: "ITB Berlin: Where Global Business Happens. The whole world meets at ITB Berlin: People, working in the travel industry and people, who want to catch up on the most beautiful travel destinations. The combination of trade exhibition, public exhibition and the biggest professional convention worldwide attracts tens of...

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  • Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Favorites

    When you think of Oktoberfest, you quite rightly associate it with Munich. That's why I was surprised to see a small Oktoberfest happening on Alexanderplatz during my visit. It had a similar vibe to a Christmas market with loads of stalls selling hot food, sweets (candies) and other assorted gift ideas. The one noticeable difference was that...

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  • Tiergarten and Zoo

    Berlin Favorites

    ...are "must see"... Also take some time to take a tour bus lane for sightseeing Berlin.... choose the one that takes you to 14-15 spots all over town and you can get off the bus take some photos and then take the next one with the same ticket...

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  • Rotes Rathaus

    Berlin Favorites

    It is also called 'Berliner Rathaus' and was built 1861-69 in place of the 1270 constructed town hall. It owes its name to the red bricks of its walls and is the official seat of the mayor of Berlin. Address: Rathausstr. 15 10173 Berlin-Mitte Arrival: S-Bahn (suburban train) "Alexanderplatz" S 3, 5, 7, 9, 75 U-Bahn (underground)...

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  • Bridges

    Berlin Favorites

    Pictured is the Oberbaumbrucke which spans the Spree between the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The name roughly translates as "Upstream Wooden Bridge) and dates from the time that a wooden beam would be lowered to block the river entrance to the city at nights. According to a Berlin Senate article (HERE) the first proper bridge was...

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  • Brandenburger Tor

    Berlin Favorites

    Yeah, I know this isn't the prettiest view of Brandenburger Tor.... I personally prefer the view shown by the postcards I purchased during my trip. I know the monuments in Europe very often undergo refurbishment and maintenance works, and this was the case of Brandenburger Tor in 2002.... they were cleaning the monument and thus it was all covered,...

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  • Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

    Berlin Favorites

    You can see the TV tower on the Alexanderplatz from many places in Berlin, its 368m high. The viewing platform is at a height of 203 metres and it was built between 1965-69. I was there as child on a class trip. No fear of heights at this time, but now ... so at least for the moment, no way to get me up there again *g* How to get there? S-Bahn...

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  • KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

    Berlin Favorites

    Liked I said the food hall at Ka De We is really huge. It is just the way to show the westerners how grand the Germans can be.... I heard a joke when the wall broke down the East Germans flocked in to see the Ka De we on what they had been missing out...boy they said they could have changed the name to Kaufhaus des Easterns!!! The food hall takes...

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  • Potsdam

    Berlin Favorites

    I really loved it here...the palaces were gorgeous and the gardens were amazing. The inside of the palaces were definitely worth a look too! I loved the sea shell room in the Sanssouci Palace...it is absolutely amazing!

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  • Gendarmenmarkt

    Berlin Favorites

    I like all of the interesting buidlings and architecture. You can see the old style buildings and also the new altogether and next to each other. Many buildings look like historic but they were built newly after the wars because of damages. But even so there are some really ugly buildings too, but most I liked. Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt was one...

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  • Schloss Charlottenburg

    Berlin Favorites

    A visit to Schloss Charlottenburg is highly recommended. The palace was originally build as a country house for the future Queen Sophie Charlotte in 1695 and was completed in 1790. There are 70 rooms and corridors crammed full of ornate furnishings and Watteau paintings. The east wing houses an incredible collection of romanticist paintings...

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  • Public Art

    Berlin Favorites

    Molecule man was something I'd really looked forward to seeing in Berlin and I was amazed and thrilled to actually pass it on our way in from the airport. This was a real plus as I didn't know where it was actually situated apart from the fact that it was near Treptow. Sorry that the photo is so bad but it was taken through the window of the bus....

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  • Facts and Figures

    Berlin Favorites

    Berlin was a capital city of Germany in 1871-1945 and again it's since 1991. It's a big and beautiful city and surely these 3 days which I spent there weren't enough. But I hope to back there. Till 1989 Berlin was separated to 2 parts by Berlin Wall. Now it is the biggest city in Germany and it's a big build place.

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