- Top tips for Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie might be a tourist trap but worth a visit to the area as there is a great little museum next to it showing the various ways people attempted to cross the wall. Topography of terror is also in the vicinity.
Kollnischer park is a tiny urban space that houses two bears, worth a visit at feeding time for the novelty value.
The jewish memorial is a must see and if a nice day you can do worse than wander through the Tiergarten from Brandenburgh gate to the zoo.Posted 9 months agoplumberMember
well worth a visit
excellent café if you’re in the area – https://zimtundzucker.com/
other stuff mentioned above
Museum Island is just about worth a visit
Jewish Museum is very sobering – wouldn’t go there again in a hurryPosted 9 months agotimbog160Member
Trabant museum near checkpoint Charlie is good fun. Topographie of terror is very moving. As an aside the now finance ministry – next door to the top of terror – was previously the RLM, or air ministry, Goerings hq – it was one of the few nazi buildings left untouched by allied bombs at the end of the war – in spite of months of effort which left everything around it flattened!Posted 9 months agovoodoo_chileMember
Topography of terror
Walk along unter den linden . Alexanderplatz to brandenburg gate
Kruezberg hipster area then on to templehof airfield
Mall of berlin and visit site of hitlers bunker just behind it
Olympic stadium looks exactly the same as it was in the 40s from the outside
Area around rosentahaler platz lots of food and drink places then down to hackescher market then down to museum island
Berlin zoo is great
Get re7 or re14 from schonefeld airport . Lot quicker
Berlin is greatPosted 9 months agoLord SummerisleSubscriber
there are a few former guard towers left around Berlin, a couple of them are the larger “command” towers. i know one is a little museum/memorial to those that died at the wall now on Keiler Strasser, the other is within the memorial park on Bernauer Strasse.
But hidden down a side street near Potsdam Platz is a DDR Watch tower, a group of volunteers look after the tower: for a small donation, you can climb the ladders up the tower. Depending on how you think your kids are, it might be worth seeking out. the access up the tower is cold war military (small concrete tube, have to cross on a narrow platform from one ladder to the other to get to the top.) The Volunteers are happy to chat about the history of the area and how things where when they squatted in the tower after the opening of the border.
A trip up to the roof of the Reichstag may be interesting: but prebook before you go, as you need to register certain details, due to it being the parliament building and you’ll get to pick your visiting time, and avoid the long queues for visiting on the day. There are audio guides in English
The Technology Museum is massive, like the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry: we only got chance to go around the electronics section and the air sectionPosted 9 months agoPaddyMcGMember
It’s a bit off the beaten track, but the Stasi museum is worth a visit. It’s the old headquarters of the East German secret police, who did a runner after demonstrators took over the building in 1990. A lot of it is as they left it, with exhibitions of their crude and simplistic methods of spying on friends and colleagues.
If you’re near the TV tower and fancy a good burger (good veggie ones too), try Momotaro Tavern. Small restaurant with a limited menu but all good.Posted 9 months agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
My favourite city in the world.
The Pergamon Museum is mind-blowing, even if a person has little interest in ancient civilisations. To stand beneath the Blue Gate is unlike anything you will ever do.
And along similar lines (that is – even if you have no interest in religion), Berliner Dom is breath-taking. The crypt beneath, wherein the Prussian kings and nobility are interred, is one of the most haunting such places anywhere.
Otherwise, if you’re there late enough in November, the Christmas markets may be up, but regardless you should have plenty of opportunity to eat <span style=”color: #6a6a6a;”>Bratwurst mit Brötchen</span> from one of the outdoor stands, and drink copious amounts of Kindl Weisse.
Ultimately, though, you could conceivably start at Alexanderplatz and make your way up toward Unter den Linden with a few turn-offs, and you would have an amazing trip.Posted 9 months agojohndrummerMember
Spionagemuseum opposite Mall Of Berlin is interesting if you’re into , well, spying. Near Potsdamerplatz
Currywurst maybe with a bit of Gluhwein if it’s in season. I’m told the Zoo is worth a visit too.
Brandenburger Gate at the western end of Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz & Fernsehturm at the other end.
Make good use of the u-bahn if you want to really get around
there’s a short stretch of The Wall left between the finance ministry (ex RLM as mentioned above) and Topography of Terrors. Elsewhere, the course of the wall is marked by a double row of cobbles set into the streetPosted 9 months ago
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