Berlin, the city where the old mixes with the young and the past meets future.
In September I made a trip to this Metropole. Cool places, cosy bars and restaurants and cheap food (kebab for only 2,2€ !). Together with my travel companions, my girlfriend and my Horizon camera, I mostly visited the tourist sites. Berliners might find this a bit boring, but as this was our first visit, we were kind of obliged to go to these places. Next time – cause I’m definitely going back- I’ll definitely take a look at the other side of Berlin.
After the horizon-pictures you can see some photos made with my new Olympus XA, fantastic camera by the way.
Let me give you the tour. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
1+2: Warschauer strasse, this bridge gives you a nice view over the city, it passes over the rails of the S-Bahn coming from Ostbahnhof
3: a squatted building: a lot of old buildings are used by ‘alternative’ people to live in and to hold parties, art exhibitions,… (see also picture number 18)
4: a trailer park in the middle of the city
5: Molecule Man, this 30 meter large sculpture was created by Jonathan Borofsky and put in the Spree in 1999. It’s close to the Berlin Arena and Badeshiff (check the next picture), which is a great place to go to concerts and to have a swim.
6: Badeshiff (see also picture nr 21): the perfect place to relax in summer and winter. It’s a big basin they put in the river Spree in which you can have a swim. In wintertime they put a roof over it and there’s a sauna. Fantastic!
7: Fischerinsel: this little island in Berlin Mitte is where you find a lot of restaurants that serve fish and other river delicacies
8: Fernsehturm: a huge ‘television tower’. It’s the ideal orientation device, which you can spot from practically any place in the city. So when you get lost, try to find it and you’ll know where you are. You can visit the tower and have a great view over the city. The restaurant in the top part turns around slowly while you eat. The tickets to visit it are quite pricey, so we didn’t do this, but I guess the view must be nice.
9: Deutsche Historisches Museum: the German Historical Museum
10: Früchte & Salate: a truck with a funny, at least that’s what I thought, picture on it
11: Checkpoint Charlie, one of THE touristic places and a very commercial place where you can buy all kinds of ridiculous memorabilia for ridiculous prices. For example: you can buy ‘authentic’ pieces of the Wall together with an official certificate in the form of a keychain, presse-papier, postcard,…
12: Potsdamer Platz: one of Berlin’s most famous plaza’s and surrounded by big commercial buildings.
13-14: Sony Center: multi-functional building which houses shops, restaurants and cinema’s. The roof is a very special construction in glass and steel.
15: Brandenburger Tor: the oldest remaining entry gate of Berlin from 1791, the border of the old city, and the Berlin Wall, used to run by this gate and people who wanted to enter had to pay toll. It has a long history but nowadays it represents the German unity.
16: Reichstag: one of the most famous buildings in Berlin. It was wrapped by Christo in 1995 and it has a glass dome designed by Norman Foster. It houses the German parliament.
17: Holocaust Denkmal: sculpture of 2711 granite blocks by Peter Eisenman remembering the holocaust. Impressive and definitely worth a visit.
18: Zapata: alternative centre where concerts, exhibitions, lectures,… are organized. There’s also a café and restaurant.
21: Badeshiff – Berlin Arena: great place to go for a swimm, great view from the pool and it feels like you’re swimming in the river. We spent a whole day here, one of the best days of our holiday. The perfect place to get away from the rush of the city.
22: Berlin Arena: close to the Badeshiff this is one of the places to hangout, these benches make you feel like a midget, they’re a couple of meters big. There are also a couple of cars covered with grass there to sit on.
23: graffiti at the Schlesische Strasse: a lot of graffiti in Berlin, this is one of the nicest examples.
24 – 26: Tiergarten: the big park surrounding the biggest Zoo in Europe, nice place to relax and get away from the city’s chaos. Rent a bike: it’s the best way to travel through the city!
27: Tauentzienstrasse: big shopping street where you can find all the big brands. We saw these steps/mirrors in some shoe-shop.
28: Schöneberger Ufer: an old deserted golf court
29: Tempelhofer Ufer
30 – 31: Viktoriapark Kreuzberg: this park on a big hill gives you a great view on the whole city. In the second picture you get a better view of the fake waterfall that was constructed there.
32: Tempelhof: this used to be one of the biggest airports in Europe, but it’s no longer open to the public. It was designed by the nazi’s architect Speer.
34: Linderstrasse Konrad Fischer Galerie – Bernd und Hilla Becher: an exhibition of some of the work of the Bechers, famous photography couple. Check out their work, it was a great influence on other famous photographers.
35: Photoautomat Warschauerstrasse: you can find these photocabins throughout the city: for two euro you can get four different pictures. Great!
36 – 39: East Side Gallery: the biggest remaining part of the Berlin Wall, every 10 years the drawings are renovated, just like this year when it was 20 years that the Wall fell
40: a view from the bridge on the Michaelkirchstrasse
Hope you enjoyed this little overview. Tschüss!