Land Berlin Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by alancollins
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by alancollins
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by alancollins

Land Berlin Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Berlin

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    A park I always try to go to is Schlosspark Buch. It's north of Berlin on the edge of B-zone, if you go by S-Bahn S2. You can enter the park just outside the station and immediatly it's like you are in another world. Big old trees makes almost everything lie in a shadow. Ivy climbs on many trees, small streams and a few ponds with ducks. It's a...

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  • Museums

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    There is no particular connection between the Ramones and Berlin, so no apparent reason for there to be a museum dedicated to them here, and no particular reason maybe to visit it, unless you are either a big fan of the band or of quirky museums founded on the passion of an individual. We rather like the latter, and Chris in particular likes the...

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  • Treptower Park

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Treptower Park is an awesome experience just for the russian memorial. what a lot of people miss is the fantastic afternoon that can be had by the river on a Saturday afternoon. As you enter the park from the S-Bahn station, continue straight on and take your first left towards the river (not the first left leading to the tourist cruise boats). You...

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  • Things to do

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Berlin has the reputation of being a dense metropolis, conspiring an uneasy blend of former Soviet 'syeriy' (grey - "monotony") & western modernism... It came as a personal revelation then, to find what an open, airy, major city it actually is, especially considering, my arrival was in the much maligned, eastern sector... The most pleasant surprise...

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  • River Spree, Wannsee and Havel Lakes

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    IMPORTANT: Berlin's Higher Administrative Court has ruled on April 3, 2009 that the FIRST PART of the walk (pic 1) IS PRIVATE. Residents will no longer grant the general public access to the lake! This is a 6.5 km or 4-mile-walk formerly used by GDR border police along Griebnitzsee to Potsdam (main/central station). The walk can easily be...

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  • History - World War II

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    During my last trip to Berlin I decided to find a house where Maria von Maltzan lived during WWII. The present residents of the house at 11 Detmolder Strasse didn't want the commemorative plaque to be put on their building, so it was placed in front of it. Maria von Maltzan was a fascinating person, life-long rebel and heroine, whose life was...

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  • Public Art

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Robert Montgomery is one of my favourite artists. His most recent work centers around his poems which are either printed in large type and plastered around on advertising boards (Taking up a whole board) or are light structures. The work based at Templehof is 'Echoes of Voices in High Towers' It is work based on the history of Templehof airport -...

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  • Areas of Berlin

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Berlin is not only interesting in its central part, but some suburbs also. Firstly, I made very good impression about Spandau. In medieval times it was another town, even older than Berlin, but later it was incorporated to capital of Germany. It has cozy old town, Gothic church and the main sightseeing spot – Spandau citadel. Another interesting...

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  • Berlin-Mitte

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    We did not plan to have a look at the Museum of Communication. We just happened to pass at this impressive building on our way from Checkpoint Charlie to Gendarmenmarkt, and I thought it would be more interesting to walk through Mauerstraße than Friedrichstraße LOL The building at the corner of Mauerstraße and Leipziger Straße is, as said,...

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  • History - Cold War

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Today, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry are placing these small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They will then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to make sure that each flag remains standing until May 28, when the Memorial Day ceremony takes place. The President will lay a...

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  • Tiergarten and Zoo

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    This 42 m (138 ft) high tower on my picture dominated the view from the steps of western facade of Reichstag towards west that was towards Tiergarten - Berlin's version of Central Park (or maybe Central Park is New York version of Berlin's Tiergarten?). At first I thought that it was a tower of Japanese modern temple - look at its roof. But it was...

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  • Markets

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Please note: The market has moved to Kollwitzstraße, directly at Kollwitzplatz Kollwitzplatz or Kollwitz Square is one of those places in Berlin, the RAF fortunately had forgotten to bomb. After the wall fell, houses were beautifully reconstructed - only those stupid graffiti can get on one's nerves. Every Saturday morning, there's a small but...

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  • Food and Drink

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Hauptmann von Köpenick (Captain of Koepenick) was the name given to a certain Wilhelm Voigt who, dressed as a Prussian army officer, managed to take over Koepenick's town hall for a few hours in 1906. In the process he had the mayor arrested and "confiscated" several thousand marks. It seems Voigt was a bit of a character, having spent much of his...

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  • Shopping

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Here´s a list of Second Hand Shops In Berlin: Made in Berlin Secondhand Textilien GmbH Potsdamer Str. 105 D-10785 Berlin +49 30 2622431‎ Second Hand Bolero Leibnizstr. 44 D-10629 Berlin +49 30 31808070‎ Schneewitte Hufelandstraße 12 10407 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg) Tel.: 030/46794779 ori@schneewitte.de Geöffnet: Montag – Freitag 11 –...

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  • Remains of The Wall

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Update 9 November 2009 In my tip I have written about fading colours. This is no more the case. The Eastside Gallery has been repainted by the artists for today's celebration of the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Wall. So again it is in mint condition. Just wonderful news. The upgrade came at a huge cost of 4.2 million Euro. After a...

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  • Prenzlauer Berg

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Throughout the district, bullet holes mark the facades. Prenzlauerberg escaped the majority of the damage inflicted on Berlin, and so the area contains a lot of buildings from the period before the war.

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  • Unter den Linden

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Today's U-Bahn station "Unter den Linden" was a ghost station from 1961-1989 during East/West Berlin separation. Between West Berlin stations, the U-Bahn line snakes in and out of East Berlin to Unter den Linden station. To prevent East Berlinners from escaping to West Berlin, the East German government had Unter den Linden shut down. After the...

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  • Bridges

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    I took this pictures from the taxi, on my way to the airport, the last day in Berlin. It was bad weather in Berlin, during my 4 days visiting, and I was rather disappointed with the snow in March and very low temperature. Instead of strolling around, as I usually do, was forced to reduce my explorings to the town centre only. But I will revisit...

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  • Events

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Even if the main goal of my trip to Berlin was not tourism, when some free time was available, I've used it to do some sight seeing : strolling in the street without guidebook and without any specific goal. When discovering the Brandenburg gate I was puzzled by the statue of this fat horse standing in front of the central arch! What could it...

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  • Streets

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    I found a lot of small and large pretty old architecture in Berlin. And I often could find many interesting architectural details. Just keep your eyes open, you will be amazed unless you don't like old architecture. My picture was made hmm... not at all off the beaten path but on the main shopping street of former West Berlin: Kurfürstendamm (#...

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  • Potsdamer Platz

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    The best visible building on the level of Potsadamer Platz was a square, glass and quite huge construction signed as Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz (train station Potsadamer Platz). In real it was the entrance to huge underground city: S-bahn station which was connected underground with Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (shopping mall), Quarter Daimler-Chrysler...

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  • Brandenburger Tor

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    There is a sculpture of a woman who calls someone from the Berlin Wall near the Brandeburger Tor. The Wall was taken place here recently. The monunent is a symbol of the unity of the nation divided by winners on east and western half. The sculpture has very much touched me during the first visiting Berlin. You may approach it close and feel a high...

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  • Nikolaiviertel

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Finding traces of the famous Berlin wall, which divided the city for 30 years in the twentieth century, is a popular activity with visitors to Berlin. Yet there is another Berlin Wall, from medieval times, which few people know about and which is much harder to find. the picture is one of the last remaining parts of Berlin's medieval town wall...

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  • Schloss Charlottenburg

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    The Schlosspark in Charlottenburg is a wonderful place to take a walk or run, there are numerous winding paths, along the lake, and some ornate royal houses. Perfect place for a picnic or romantic walk.

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  • New Synagogue

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    The original site of a much larger synagogue that was destroyed in the Kristallennacht or the night of broken glass (please excuse my German). It has been rebuilt using the original material where possible. This synagogue was once the symbol of Berlin's tolerance and then turned to the complete opposite. Today, in fear of the next wave of feelings...

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  • go to schoneberg, a turkish community

    i took the metro to schoneberg, which is one of berlin's richest turkish communities. i walked through this really rustic neighborhood that has the meat of "real" germany and had a doner kabab. it was so delicious!

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