This is my Berlin Blog, March 2016
No apology for over 200 images here; because four days of hard walking around this amazing city we last visited ten years ago proves Ich bin ein Berliner.
And I can tell you with my longest blog post since I started, there really is no place like it.
Armed with a 4-day Berlin travel card purchased at the airport (the best 35 Euro you can spend), we arrived in Berlin centre on the train, trundling our bags down Friedrichstraße to the Westin Grand Berlin and then straight out on the tourist trail to Checkpoint Charlie.
This is where East meets West, or used to at least, more likely now tourist meets museum and gift shop.
The museum and remnants of the Berlin wall are a stark reminder of how hard it must have been to be a Berliner in decades not so long ago – a remarkable juxtaposition amid the commercial hustle and bustle of a modern capital city.
Having taken that in, turning off to the West, we walked past the amazing Trabi-World museum and shop, a good place to take a tour of Berlin driving your very own historical transport as part of a Trabi safari tour
This is a superb museum and well worth a visit. located here,
the museum takes you above and below ground. The Museum opened in September 2001. Two years earlier, the empty new building by architect Daniel Libeskind was an unexpected visitor attraction. In this section, we present the building complex
in image and text: The Old Building
– the baroque Collegienhaus, the postmodern Libeskind Building,
the Glass Courtyard
erected in 2007, and the new Academy
opened in 2012. The circumstances of the museum’s foundation, thecollections
it is based on, and the people
who have directed its development can be found here as well as personalities of public life who are dedicated to intercultural understanding and have been honored with the Jewish Museum’s Prize for Understanding and Tolerance
Emerging from the museum, night had fallen and it was time for a beer and some homely german food at Potsdamer Platz, the new centre of Berlin.
Renzo Piano and Helmut Jahn proposed the winning master plans. Investors Daimler-Benz (today Daimler) and Sony backed the two visions. The Piano/Daimler-Benz project envisioned a more diverse European style area with narrower streets while Helmut Jahn’s Sony vision presented the more uniform ultra-modern glass-steel plaza which became the Sony Centre.
The vast covered public space with its striking glass roof was the result of a remarkable engineering feat – an outstretched tent roof with material fastened to a steel ring attached to the adjacent buildings.
The Panorama Punkt with an observation deck 93 meters high is reached by elevator for the best all-round view of the area in the brown-brick Kollhoff building.
This is a great spot for a beer and pickled herrings…
Look no further than this cafe, 2 mins walk from the Brandenburg Gate at
Unter Den Linden 42.
Museum für Fotografie
The Photography Museum is a splendid place to spend a couple of hours, located here
The Helmut Newton exhibition and private collection of belongings is truly spectacular, sadly no photos allowed inside so I had to sneak a couple…
On to the shopping district and the fantastic…
And then of course into the largest department store in Berlin – where coffee, cakes and foods from around the world make it very hard to leave that top floor;
Kaufhaus des Westens
to give it the full name…
Before the 100 bus back to the hotel, its time for some low light classic Berlin night time photography
Saturday morning, time for the train out to the Eastern corridor walk along the river – and some serious street art
Take the train back to Alexanderplatz
for some shopping and a good old demo – its the Kurdish march and protest, starting off from under the TV mast.
Just like a Bourne movie…..
Not far from here is another fantastic museum – the DDR Museum,
every reason you ever needed for communism not taking off the way Joseph and his mates planned.
This reconstruction of a the huge Berlin Royal Palace is an amazing feat and dominates the skyline 65 years after it was demolished
The temporary 5 storey Humboldt Box gives you some great views of the capital, especially the amazing Cathedral and museum island – with a skyline dominated by cranes.
Time for some more homely german food –
home via the off-licence, conveniently located on platform one….
And onto Sunday morning, another Cafe Einstein and then way out East on the train to
and where there is a flea market, there is music!
Thats about it, four days of walking, snapping and eating sausages, I hope you liked this tour of Berlin, please let me have your thoughts; here are some further images to end with.
Thanks for the sausages….
Ich bin ein Berliner