Fondest memory The weeks I spent there with my rowing team in 1987, 1988 and 1990 to compete in 'Jugend trainiert für Olympia', something like the German school championships. A lot of fun, drink and winning the silver medal twice...
Fondest memory Getting my name back from the wall in 1989. What an experience!!!! We went here just a few days after the borders were opened. As soon as we'd arrived in Berlin we went to the part of the wall we used to spray on to remove bits of wall we had written on. Luckily the bit my name was one was still there and I started to remove it :) I still have those bits and I will never throw them away. I have a bit of history in my living room now :)
Favorite thing I was in Berlin on a business trip for a week, so there really wasn't much time for me to look around the city, but if given the limited time, you may want to do some shopping along Kurfurstendamm and visit the Jewish musuem.
Favorite thing Visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, walk down Under den Linden, walk the path of the Berliner Mauer (The Wall) and enjoy the cafe society now maturing in this Euro-City. Take the ICE train into Zoo station to get a feel of what you are about to experience.
Fondest memory Walking through the Tiergarten after an encounter with a psychic told me I would find something there! There was something there ...
Favorite thing Take a tour of the entire city and go through the Brandenburg Gate. So much history and to go through it and imagine what it must have been like during the war.There is so much left untouched since the second world war and it's just amazing to see. There is a section of the Wall left standing as a reminder of what happened and it's awe inspiring to see. You get a good feeling knowing you are free to come and go as you please.
Fondest memory Being able to visit Berlin in good times of freedom and standing where history was made. Going to downtown Berlin at night and seeing all the shops on the KuDamm and just taking in the nightlife there.
Favorite thing Sit down outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Kirche and watch people go by.
Fondest memory Getting horrible service at a cafe across the street from the Siegessäule on a beautiful sunny day. Watching the waiters get mad at non-customers wanting to use the restrooms while paying too much for a beer.
Favorite thing The Pergamon Museum, Brandenburg Gate, The New Jewish synagogue, The Reichstag, The Ka De We Departement Store and see the Food Departement on the 6th floor, The Unter-den-Linden Blvd. The Kurfurstandam Blvd, Have Coffee at the Kampinski Cafe,Visit Potsdam. See the glass dome in the New Reichstag
Fondest memory Nothing
Favorite thing If you like art and architecture, my two main interests, then Berlin is the place! There is so much new and exciting construction going on there, especially in the east part of the city. Because of the split they seem to have two of everything when it comes to museums and music. Two (more actually) opera companies, two Egyptian museums, two fine arts museums etc. However, they are in the process of consolidating them. This is a busy city with a lot happening and you get caught up in it very easily. It is not a pretty city in my opinion, but certainly one of the most exciting cities to visit. Aside from the obvious, do not miss the food floor at the KaDeWa (I think that's right) department store. If you like food (who doesn't?) this is a mind boggler. Bigger and more varied than even Harrods Food Halls. Plan to have a glass of wine or champagne there and then choose from one of the many food stands to have lunch. It is the best.
Favorite thing there's no must, it depends on your own likes and dislikes, where you want to go.
however here's only a few suggestions:
* if you like listening to funny short stories and nonsense poetry and understand German, don't miss the Lesungen such as 'Surfpoeten' every Thursday at Mud Club (Mitte) or 'Reformbuehne Heim und Welt' every Sunday at Cafe Burger (Turmstrasse/Mitte)
* Check out Kreuzberg! Here (and in neighbouring part of town Neukoelln) you get the best Lebanese and Turkish Food in town along with a couple of good clubs, cafes and bars
* if possible, get yourself a bicycle and explore Berlin on your own
Fondest memory When I came to Berlin for the first time as a 17yearold addicted to London, I swore to never come and live here.
However, after 2 1/2 years in 'Germany's one and only metropolis' I came to like living here, although the roughness of how people behave towards eachother over here really pisses me off at times...
Favorite thing Red squirrels are rare sight in the UK where they have been displaced by their imported grey cousins from the USA. I saw this red squirrel in the Botanical Gardens in Berlin.
Favorite thing Find some good friends, to go on tour with you! What you do, does not really matter... Something will always happen to you, just because you are here!!!
Fondest memory The flair of the city!