Berlin Journals

BERLIN: History and Memory

A May 2001 trip to Berlin by metrogirl

 Fasanenstasse Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
Quote: My class toured Holocaust related sites throughout the city as well in near-by towns, using Berlin as home base. As our train pulled in to Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof, we saw a forest of building cranes, all part of the construction boom that has reached fever pitch in Berlin.

BERLIN: History and Memory

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 Fasanenstasse Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Ku’damm or Kurfurstendamm is a central shopping area of Berlin with both pricey designer shoppes(read Chanel, Dior & Gucci) as well more moderate choices like the KaDeWe Department Store. As we taxied to our Hotel, we saw that Ku’damm strongly resembled Paris' Avenue Montaigne in its lively activity, chic designer boutiques, and street cafes. Even the movie theaters were classically-styled, set in lovely five-story Neo-Classical and Beaux-Arts buildings. Only towards the east side of the city did we spy the new skyscrapers that were begining to sprout. Everyone's number-one priority was to walk the mile-long a...Read More

Atlanta Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Atlanta"

Atlanta Hotel Photo, Berlin, Germany
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The Hotel Atlanta is located in the sector of Berlin that resembles the Avenue Montaigne in Paris, peppered with exclusive designer boutiques and starred restaurants. Although our initial impressions of it felt less than welcoming, we would find this a satisfying home base. Immediately inside the elegant entrance was a Himalaya-steep flight of stairs. Scaling this staircase with bulky luggage brought us only to the level of the front desk. (There is, as we found out too late, an elevator to the front desk level, cleverly hidden behind a discrete door.) Checking in check-in, we discovered that our rooms were two floors above us at a 4th level (or 3rd Floor in European standards...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2002

Atlanta Hotel
FASANENSTRASSE 74
Berlin, Germany 10719
49308818049

Cafe Hotel Kempinski

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Restaurant | "CAFÉ HOTEL KEMPINSKI"

Cafe Hotel Kempinski Photo, Berlin, Germany
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This very classy bistro connected to the fashionable Hotel that ambiance was evocative of the past splendor of Berlin. I hearded into the café after I saw several hungry locals loaded with parcels from the Ku’damm stop here for coffee and pastries. The café has a set menu with good variety as well as daily a la carte specials. The daily specials were a particularly good value. I dined here several times and had a stroganoff that came in an elegant covered dish that was as tasty to look at as to eat The beef bourguenon was the tenderest I've eaten and came with a fresh green salad for under 6 Euros. They have a small wine list but, of course there are some better choices of German b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2002

Cafe Hotel Kempinski
Kurfurstendamm 87 & Fasanenstasse
Berlin, Germany
884 34 -0

OREN CAFÉ & RESTAURANT

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Restaurant | "OREN CAFÉ & RESTAURANT"

OREN CAFÉ & RESTAURANT Photo, Berlin, Germany
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After our visit to the Neue Synagogue, our class stopped for lunch at this café where the local students eat. It is a Jewish but not a kosher restaurant. The décor was ethnic with a lively and cheerful atmosphere. There lots of large tables to be had for groups & smaller ones for couples. The menu was primarily Middle Eastern, (mostly Jewish and Arab) and there were many vegan and vegetarian dishes amongst these. I also saw several home-style German favorites and heard that they serve the number one apple strudel in town. The portions were generous and many of my fellow diners shared a plate. There was also a long...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

OREN CAFÉ & RESTAURANT
Oranienburger Strasse 28
Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 30-282 82 28

Topographie des Terrors

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Attraction | "Topographie of Terror"

Topographie des Terrors Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Gestapo, SS & Reich Security Office on Prinz Albert Terrain Open Air Exhibition The Prinz Albert Terrain represented the actual government district of the SS and Police State between 1933 & 1945. It was here that the "Final Solution to the Jewish question" or genocide of the Jews and the systematic persecution and murder of other parts of the population was planned. NAZI SQUARE DANCE ? An interesting exhibit photo of goose-stepping Nazis forming a swastika The Topographie of Terror open-air exhibit presents historical photographic evidence of the area, building...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2002

Topographie des Terrors
Niederkirchnerstrasse 8
Berlin, Germany 10117
+49 30 254 86 703

Copper Strip

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Copper Strip Photo, Berlin, Germany
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The Berlin Wall couldn't be torn down quickly enough, now everyone is trying to memorialize it with concepts and creations of historical markers. On my way to the Topographie of Terror Museum, I found the 7 centimetre-wide strip with the inscription "Berlin Wall 1961-1989" that had been laid a long a stretch where the Wall formerly ran. The material itself differs from all other street marking, and is level with the ground. This seems to make it both potent AND politically neutral as well as avoiding any debates about any 3-dimensional intervention into the space around it. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Copper Strip
Niederkkirchnerstrasse
Berlin, Germany

Martin Gropius Bau

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Martin Gropius Bau Photo, Berlin, Germany
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From the Postdamer Platz Bahnhof, I walked into a semi-desolate area. But I saw one building that seemed to be a restored exception -- the Martin-Gropius-Bau on Stresemannstrasse. Design in 1877 by Martin Gropius, a pupil of Schinkel (Hitler's architect of the Third Reich) and the uncle of the Bauhaus guru Walter, the Gropius Bau was, until its destruction in the war, the home of the museum of applied art. It is now the city’s main section for large prestigious art exhibitions. There is also an exceptional collection of German fine and applied arts and a Jewish Museum. It has a small café with good co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Martin Gropius Bau
Stresemannstrasse 110
Berlin, Germany

Fernseh & Ukw Turm

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Attraction | "FERNSEH & UKW TURM"

Fernseh & Ukw Turm Photo, Berlin, Germany
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One of the first things that I saw as I walked around Berlin was this odd tower structure with a decorative ball, topped by a red- and white-striped spear. It rises from the center of Alexanderplatz to a height of 365m---it was a TV tower! It was constructed during the era of the Wall as a symbol for East Berlin and democratic Socialism. But when the sun was reflected off the shiny ball, a cross was formed, which was visible to most of West Berlin. It became known as "the Popes revenge". As this tower was an inescapable element in the photos I took all that day, I walked over to the base. There I found a cl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Fernseh & Ukw Turm
Panoramastrasse, Mitte
Berlin, Germany