An October 2000 trip
to Berlin by Hal1026
Quote: Impressions of Berlin and suggestions for the active traveler, both outdoor and indoor.
Hotel | "Hotel Dorint Am Mueggelsee"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2001
Hotel Am Muggelsee
AM GROSSEN MUGGELSEE
Berlin, Germany 12559
49-30-65 88 20
Attraction | "Berlin's old and new surfaces - Part I"
My brief stay of just four days only allowed a partial sampling of what there is to explore over such a vast landscape of neighborhoods. So I started at two points I'd heard a lot about recently: Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Alexanderplatz used to be one of the city's major thoroughfares during the Weimar period, then after the war and Germany's division, the communist regime transformed it into a showpiece of socialist architecture with lots of box-like, forbidding concrete buildings. Nowadays, a lot of these will have disappeared when you emerge from the undergrand train station of the same name, replaced by lots of glass and steel ultra-modern architecture. Where there is any empty space left, there is sure to be building going on here. A major architectural leftover of the East German days may well be the television tower, which is the third tallest structure in Europe. In visual contrast on the southeast side of the Platz is the Rotes Rathaus (red city hall), a neo-Renaissance building dating from the 19th Century. Berlin's past and present seems to have many of its major symbols in this great square.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2001
Berlin, Germany 10178
Attraction | "Berlin's old and new surfaces - Part II"
Potsdamer Platz encompasses several buildings worth taking a close look at. There is the Preussischer Landtag, formerly housing the Prussian parliament, then the official residence of the East German prime minister, and these days serving as the seat of Berlin's regional parliament. If you like contemporary art, stop by the Martin-Gropius-Bau on the square, where exhibits reflecting Berliner art from the 19th century to the present take place. The Sony Center is worth a walk-around just for its sleekly dazzling exteriors. A true sign of the times as you walk from one location to the next around Potsdamer Platz: the outdoor vendors with their tables of communist era medals, weaponry, uniforms and other military kitsch, now only the collectibles of another of Germany's periods finally overcome.
Public Square, Center of Berlin
Berlin, Germany 10785
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2001