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A February 2005 trip to Berlin by panda2

S..... Café Restaurant Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
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Overview

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Visit Neue National Gallerie for its modern art and the East Side Gallery for the international artwork on a wall that kept Germany and Berlin separated for decades. Make a reservation at Käfer Dachgarten inside the Reichstag and bypass the long non-appointment line going in a separate entrance. Make an appointment to see the inside of the Reichstag besides the glass dome. Brandenburger Tor is symbolic for the reunification of both Germany and Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Go to Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie museum to see the desperate attempts over the years of people trying to escape into the West. Visit the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and Alexanderplatz to see a panaromic view of the city and d...Read More

Hotel Sachsenhof

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Hotel

Hotel Sachsenhof Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Hotel Sachsenhof is a budget-class hotel located in an area popular for its cafés and close to many gay venues. The room is very basic but clean. The doorknobs don't rotate. There are rooms available with private showers and toilets, but we chose to have a room without these to save on some expenses. Our room has three beds to accommodate three people, a very small round marble table, wicker chairs, a vanity sink, a steel cabinet to hang up your clothes, and some wooden shelves attached to the wall to store/display your things in. The one annoying problem was that the carpeted wooden floors creek when walking over it. Another was that we kept banging our legs into the corners of the wood-frame be...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

Hotel Sachsenhof
Motzstrasse 7
Berlin, Germany
(030) 216 20 74

S..... Café Restaurant Photo, Berlin, Germany
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S..... Café Restaurant offers breakfast till 5pm, with certain choices for 6€. The food was good, service was decent, and the atmosphere was very nice.


Hours: 9am to 1am


Close to underground station am Nollendorfplatz.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

S..... Café Restaurant
Maassenstrasse 9
Berlin, Germany
+49 (030) 216 52 53

Maredo Restaurant Kurfürstendamm

Restaurant | "Maredo"

Maredo Restaurant Kurfürstendamm Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Maredo is a chain restaurant in Germany and Austria serving Argentine or Brazilian cuisine, steaks, and roasts. We came across as we were window-shopping after the stores in the area had already closed in the central city.We arrived just after 9:30pm, which is when their night menu takes effect. We ordered a steak cooked rare, which it was, a large plate of ribs with barbeque sauce on the side, and along with the ribs, I could buy an all-you-can-eat salad bar.The large portion of ribs were fairly good but had a bit of fat, and the sauce used to dip the rib meat was tasty. The salad bar was only fair--nothing really to really get ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2005

Maredo Restaurant Kurfürstendamm
Kurfürstendamm 214
Berlin, Germany 10719
(030) - 88 34 900

Berlin TV Tower Restaurant

Restaurant | "Telecafé"

Berlin TV Tower Restaurant Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Telecafé, a rotating restaurant with 30 minutes for a full cycle, is located in the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) with a €7,00 adult fee to ride the elevator to the top. It was a place to dine after seeing the tower. Its hours coincide with the hours of the tower's operating hours. We had some salad and dessert. White tablecloth service. Reservations are recommended, though when we just dropped in, it was late evening in the winter and not crowded. Daily 10am-11:30pm email info@berlinerfernsehturm.de Alexanderplatz:S-Bahn S5, S...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Berlin TV Tower Restaurant
Panoramastrasse 1a
Berlin, Germany 10178
+49 3 02 42 33 33

Käfer Dachgarten

Restaurant

Käfer Dachgarten Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Käfer Dachgarten is a fine restaurant located in the Reichstag. Make a reservation to dine here and bypass the long waiting line by using the side entrance.

We didn't know about this restaurant until coming out of the elevator to ascend the walkway to the top of the dome.

We dropped in after touring the dome and wanted to sit and warm up. We were informed that a large party was coming and were only allowed 15 minutes to dine, which was fine by us, as it was long enough to have a drink and some dessert.

Open daily 9:30am to 12am, last orders taken at 9:30pm.
Unter den Linden: S-Bahn S1, S2; Bus 100

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Käfer Dachgarten
Platz der Republik 1
Berlin, Germany
22 62 99 33

Snack Point Charlie

Restaurant

Snack Point Charlie Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Snack Point Charlie is a play on names and across the street from Check Point Charlie Museum. It contains different vendors of Turkish food, Subway sandwiches, and Asian/Chinese food on a steam table. We got here right after seeing the attraction Check Point Charlie and were tired. The other two places were already closed, and the Turkish place was also preparing to close down. There were no doner kabobs available, so we got what was available. The food wasn't very good, but we got what was left just as they were closing up at the end of the day.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Snack Point Charlie
Friedrichstr. 207-208
Berlin, Germany

Kaiser's

Attraction

Kaiser's Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Kaiser's is a large supermarket chain, with a bakery at this location. It's clean, large, bright, and organized, but products are higher-priced than at some other competitors. You provide your own bags to carry away your purchased goods, so you must estimate how much you are able to carry away before loading up the cart, as no bags are provided.

The bakery offers quick food, and the queue can be long. There are sandwiches, pastries, and coffee available.

Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm

Tel: 030/21751895

Close to underground station am Nollendorfplatz

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Kaiser's
Nollendorfplatz 8-9
Berlin, Germany

Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum)

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Attraction | "Jüdisches Museum Berlin"

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Jüdisches Museum Berlin has a unique architectural design that makes for a unique experience walking through the museum. The axis overhead as we started on the lower level had a striking visual impact. There's the Garden of Exile and Emigration outside that consists of 49 pillars arranged in seven rows and seven columns, where you through on an angled surface. Olive branches grow out of each of the pillars to symbolize hope and peace. The Holocaust Tower, a cold, damp, dark concrete room, gives a brief glimpse of what the Jews suffered as they were shut out of the world. There's a huge collection of photography, artwork, and memorabilia. Even though it s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum)
Lindenstrasse 9-14
Berlin, Germany 10969
+49 (30) 25993-300

Checkpoint Charlie Museum

Attraction | "Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie"

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Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie is an interesting mix of artwork, multimedia, photography, and newspaper articles with imagination, ingenuity, and innovation, devising ways to go over, under, or through the Berlin Wall in a desperate attempt to reach the West, along with attempts to build a better mousetrap, as each succeeding generation made escape harder. They changed from barbed wire to the infamous Berlin Wall, built a zig-zag road crossing, moved the border crossing farther back, stationed automatic machine guns along the border, and redesigned the guard tower's windows to be smaller after a defection from one of the guards through a window. People ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Checkpoint Charlie Museum
Friedrichstrasse 43
Berlin, Germany 10969
+49 30 25 37 25 0

East Side Gallery

Attraction

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East Side Gallery is what's left of the Berlin Wall, where artists worldwide painted 106 images for the largest open-air gallery, which was constantly defaced with graffiti scribblings of tourists.

Email: eastsidegallery@eastsidegallery.com

S3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 75, U1, 15 to WarschauerstraBe and walk back toward Mühlenstrasse, the river.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

East Side Gallery
Mühlenstraße 1
Berlin, Germany 10243

Neue Nationalgalerie

Attraction | "Neue Nationalgallerie"

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Neue Nationalgallerie is home to 20th-century European paintings, sculptures from the 1960s, and classic modern art, including works by Munch, Kirchner, Picasso, Klee, Feininger, Dix, and Kokoschka.

Joseph Buey’s audio recording of Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee is prevalent throughout the museum.

Tuesday to Wednesday, Friday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am to 10pm, and Saturday to Sunday 11am to 6pm

Admission 6€, concessions 3€, first Sunday of the month free.

Phone: 030-266 2651, Fax: 030-262 4715
Email: nng@smb.spk-berlin.de

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50
Berlin, Germany 10785
+49 30 266 2651

The Reichstag/German Parliament

Attraction | "The Reichstag"

The Reichstag/German Parliament Photo, Berlin, Germany
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The Reichstag is the current home of the German governing body. A fire in 1933 here was the event Adolf Hitler used as an excuse to declare a state of emergency and seize power. A glass dome was recently added to the top, and an upside-down solar cone powers the building. There are a series of plagues depicting its history along the base of the inverted solar cone. Tourists, visitors, and those without an appointment line up to be screened through security and then allowed to go inside the walkway spiraling up to the top of the interior dome for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. A tour of the other parts of the building are by appointment only. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

The Reichstag/German Parliament
Platz Der Republik
Berlin, Germany 10557
+49 30 2273 2152

Fernsehturm Berlin

Attraction | "Fernsehturm (TV Tower) & Alexanderplatz"

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The Fernsehturm (TV tower), the tallest building in the city at 368m (with a viewing platform 203m above the ground; a seven-story, stainless-steel sphere; and top with a 118m television antenna), was something that peaked our curiosity as we toured about the city. This structure was in the background, but we didn't know what this structure was until we were closer and inquired about it. When we arrived to wait for the elevator at the bottom, the elevator operator abruptly left her position after just a very brief, quick greeting and left us for around 5 minutes. Another person from another elevator appeared and found that the operator left he...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Fernsehturm Berlin
Panoramastraße 1A Alexanderplatz
Berlin, Germany 10178
+49 30 242 33 33

Brandenburg Gate

Attraction | "Brandenburger Tor"

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Brandenburger Tor, built by C.G. Langhansis from 1788–91 with 12 Doric columns, is based on the propylaeum of the Acropolis in Athens. It represents a symbol of reunification of both Germany and Berlin. It was walled off to the east side after WWII for decades.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz
Berlin, Germany

Gate Sauna

Attraction

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Gate Sauna is a men's sauna with lockers, a Jacuzzi, a steam sauna, and private areas for rest and recreation for 14€.


Tel: 030-2299430


Email: info@gate-sauna.de


S-Bahn: S1 under the lime trees; U-Bahn: U2 Mohrenstrasse, U6 French Road; Bus: no. 100 under the lime trees, 348 Mohrenstrasse.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Gate Sauna
Wilhelmstr. 81
Berlin, Germany

Sowjetisches Ehrenmal im Treptower Park

Attraction | "Sowjetisches Ehrenmal"

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Sowjetisches Ehrenmal stands as a Soviet memorial guarded by two red stared tanks with a Soviet soldier at the top as a rememberance for the 5,000 Soviet soldiers who died in action in WWII and were buried there.

Treptower Park: S-Bahn S41, S42, S8, S9, S85;
Bus 104, 166, 194, 265, 365

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Sowjetisches Ehrenmal im Treptower Park
Puschkinallee
Berlin, Germany

Tiergarten Park

Attraction | "Tiergarten"

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Tiergarten is Berlin's largest park originally served as hunting grounds for Prussian princes till the 18th century when it was made into a park.

Peter Joseph Lenné, landscape architect laid out the site in the English landscape style in 1818, and statues were added from 1850. Wilhelm II set out 32 marble sculpture groups to depict the royal ancestors on the former Siegesallee (Avenue of Victory). The Siegesallee was relocated by Hitler and its remains dismantled after the war.

It's used by many Berliners for relaxation, barbequing in warm weather, and cruising by night.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Tiergarten Park
Brandenburg Gate to the Bahnhof Z
Mitte, Berlin

Room of Silence

Story/Tip

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Room of Silence is located at the northern end of the Brandenburger Tor and provides a non-denominational place for meditation and reflection in silence. The room is devoid of any religious, ideological, or political symbolism. Hungarian artist Ritta Hager made a woven wall-hanging, abstractly light penetrating darkness.

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