Berlin Journals

Berlin - a city with a past, and a future

An August 2001 trip to Berlin by RJMorris

Quote: Having fun in Berlin is not difficult, it's almost compulsory... here's a quick guide to the couple of days we spent there, and a clue as to why we wanted so much longer

Berlin - a city with a past, and a future

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Overview

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One of the best things about Berlin is simply the vibrancy of the city, but there are many amazing sights to see too. So, highlights include, exploring west Berlin, seeing the Berlin wall, visiting the reichstag, the TV Tower, Alexanderplatz, Checkpoint Charlie, art museums, eating out and the music scene.Quick Tips: Get the public bus from outside the zoo station, as it is hop-on and hop-off, and will take you past many of the sights quite cheaply. Or, a walking or biking tour is to be recommended. If you are going for a while, take this option early on in the trip and you will quickly feel at home in the city. If your stay is shorter, get on the bus! Another tip is that the burgeoning...Read More

Berlin Wall

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Attraction

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This should be one of the first destinations for any visitor to Berlin. The longest remaining section of the wall has been turned into the EastSide Gallery, and is a fascinating insight into both Berlin's past and present, in terms of war and culture. The wall is easily reached by turning left in front of the East Berlin train station, following the hill down and crossing the road... don't make our mistake (getting confused and catching the bus!), it is only a two minute walk away. Strange as it is to see such a concrete reminder of the city's violent past standing amid gift shops and houses, the setting reinforces the impression the Wall makes, rather than detracting from it. An interesting feature i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2002

Berlin Wall
East Berlin, just a five min walk from station
Berlin, Germany

Alexanderplatz

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Attraction | "TV Tower/ Alexanderplatz"

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Also known as the Fersehturm, the TV Tower is, deservedly, a popular spot. It is next to the lovely Alexanderplatz (with it's globe monument), and is surrounded by some of the old parts of Berlin. This setting means that a walk around the area can be either begun or completed with a visit to the TV Tower. Although you do have to pay to go up the tower, it is well worth it as you can see all over the city. You can appreciate the large amount of parks, notice how different East Berlin is from the Western half, or try to see the remaining section of the Wall. The globe which sits at the top of the tower also has a bar, although if you are on a budget I wouldn't plan to buy anything! Note also that there ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2002

Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz
Berlin, Germany 10178