Another time in Berlin
It’s been a while since my first visit in Berlin. It’s amazing to see how much the city changed during the last years. Personally I am a fan of cities like Berlin with a positive vibe, full of history and many alternative places. Let’s not talk too much and come to the “Must see in Berlin”.
When the decision was made to move the Federal Government to Berlin, it was time to reawaken the Reichstag building from its long years of slumber on the Mauerstreifen, the military zone between the two sides of the Wall. The building has since been completely modernised, and today’s visitors to the Reichstag can look out from the building’s glass dome to get a bird’s eye view of the hustle and bustle in the city.
Without a doubt, the Brandenburg Gate is a signature of Berlin. Built in 1791, it was just one of many old city gates around the city of Berlin which, at that time, was still a manageable size.
Berlin Television Tower
The Berlin TV Tower is instantly recognisable from the distance, stand outs of the skyline at 368m, making it the tallest building in Berlin. Built in the 1960s, visitors to the tower can enjoy a unique 360° panorama of the city.
The Berliner Dom with its magnificent dome is a remarkable example the of late 19th century architecture. Near the Cathedral are also the Museum’s Island.
The Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre
The Berlin Wall Memorial is located between the districts of Wedding and Mitte on Bernauer Straße, consisting of the Memorial to the Victims of the Wall, a Documentation Centre and the Chapel of Reconciliation. The surviving section of the wall and watchtower enable visitors to get a real feel for the reality of the border facilities. The Memorial has been undergoing extension work in recent years, the full completion of which is intended for 2014.
Potsdamer Platz with a Panorama point
Once the bustling heart of the city before the Second World War, then a no man’s land from 1945 until the fall of the wall, the history of Potsdamer Platz has been eventful to say the least. It changed completely after the fall of the wall in 1989 and is now dominated by the presence of the Sony Center, skyscrapers and endless shops. What’s more, Potsdamer Platz is the main place to be for stars and celebrities, and not only during film festivals.
German engineers can take credit for some of the best cars ever created. I was about to drive one of their worst. Just a few blocks from storied Checkpoint Charlie, where the Allied powers controlled entry and egress into East Berlin, sits a parking lot stuffed with small two-door, four-seat vehicles painted in an puzzling variety of colors. Shocking pink and matte black. Leopard spots and candy cane stripes. This is Trabi World, where for between 40-100 EUR you get to pilot your own Trabant around this sprawling and vibrant European city. That’s the real activity which you should do in Berlin!
That’s a perfect place for lazy Saturday afternoon. You can train Yoga, go running, chill at some local bars. What do you need more?
Almost in each district of Berlin you will find cozy bars, alternative clubs and trendy restaurants. Berlin is cheaper compared to other capitals of Western Europe. If you spend a weekend in Berlin don’t forget to stop by Mauer Park on Sunday. That’s a place to be.