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Berlin trips

First Visit-May 2003

Berlin was the first place that I visited in what I call my ‘solo’ holiday phase in 2003, and it seems such a time ago I can’t remember why I choice to go there first. Though looking through my photographs and deciding which ones to choose to write tips about I have became aware I missed numerous interesting places to visit. I have decided that a second visit is called for, though it will probably be during my ‘couple’ holiday phase. I believe that my solo visits are in effect a reconnaissance exercise, so that during future visits, I will know exactly what to visit and what to miss.

Second Visit-September 2007

Well I have spent another 14 days in Berlin on another solo visit. I decided to re-visit after I spent an enjoyable 16 days in Germany during the summer of 2007. I achieved all the goals I set myself before I left but still feel there is still more to see in this vibrant city. This time I gave the public transport system a hammering and discovered its easy to use and it is an excellent mode of transport.

Third Visit-March 2008

Well I have made a third visit to Berlin. The public transport strike had ended and I discovered new places to visit becoming more adventurous with what I did. The only downside was the camcorder developing a fault and I caught a cold, which is unusual for me.

Fourth Visit-June 2008

I have completed my fourth trip to Berlin. This time I went further afield to Seelow, Berlin-Gatow and Bernau.

Fifth Visit-September 2008
I have completed another trip to Berlin and the warm weather was a change from the persistent rain in the UK. I tried a different hotel and went to numerous places I have never visited before.

Sixth Visit-November 2008
I have just returned from another trip to Berlin. This time I visited Wandlitz, just outside Berlin and revisited some of the larger museums.

Seventh Visit-March 2009
I travelled to some places outside the city including Halbe, Zossen & Bogensee. Plus renewed visits to some old and new places.

Eighth Visit-May 2009
I travelled to some places outside the city including a day trip to Kostrzyn, Wandlitz and Prenden.

Visits from Berlin

These are some of the places I have visited from Berlin, some more than once. Some are well known but most are not.

Bernau
Bogensee
Elstal
Falkensee
Halbe
Königs Wusterhausen
Kostrzyn
Pfaueninsel
Potsdam
Sachsenhausen
Seelow
Strausberg
Wandlitz
Wannsee
Weesow
Werneuchen
Zossen

New era. Couple holiday phase

Nineth Visit-September/October 2009

Lin loved some of the grander buildings and museums but hated the graffiti and using public transport.

Tenth Visit-March 2010

Back for another visit on my own. I had to complete lots of research to find places I have not visited before. I was lucky enough to bring the sunshine with me.

Eleventh Visit-November 2011

Another visit on my own. Re-visited some old places, amazed at some of the changes. Still found some new places to visit.

Twelfth Visit July 2012

Another visit on my own. Found lots of new places to visit and saw some changes too some more popular places.

Thirteenth Visit December 2012

A number of firsts. First visit to the Xmas markets, first break with snow from start to finish, first takeoff in the snow, first room upgrade with wine.

Fourteenth Visit March 2013

My tenth year of visiting Berlin, unfortunately the snow arrived again but I was not going to let that stop me with my list of goals.

Fifteenth Visit May 2013

What I call my end of the line trip

Sixteenth Visit November 2013

Ferries, Walks & Festivals

Seventeenth Visit November 2014

25th anniversary Fall of Berlin Wall

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A vibrant City
  • Cons:The graffiti capital of the world
  • In a nutshell:Turn your back and its changed - still true in 2014
  • Last visit to Berlin: Nov 2014
  • Intro Updated Apr 20, 2015
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Alan, I'm glad to see you have made some significant additions to this page after your 17th visit to Berlin. I hope to visit my son in Berlin next spring, and will try to see some of the places you mentioned.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Lots of great infos and pics here! 254 great tips already and lots of great updates since my last visit ! Some day next summer I might go there again maybe !

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Wow, I am deeply impressed how much you like and have visited Berlin! Although I have read only a small portion, you have so much insight!! Thank you for an enjoyable morning read and many lessons about my capital :-)
    Back for more, definitely!!

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Nov 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Yes, I saw that you were there! It must have been fabulous and very emotional! I saw it on TV :-))

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Nov 20, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Now that I finished reading - you really know our capital very very well! Congratulations for this fabulous and very helpful page, Alan :-))

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    What a page mate. I didn't know you were a big Berlin head! Brilliant stuff.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Interesting and informative new reviews from your sixteenth visit to Berlin!

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2014 at 5:23 AM

      Thanks for viewing my Berlin pages, just away on an extended trip to sunnier parts of your homeland, across the pond.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Have a great trip!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    It seems that every time I look at your Berlin page you have added some more new tips and updates. Keep up the good work!

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Oct 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Hopefully there should be some more tips as I have another trip planned in a couple of weeks.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Me again, coming back to have a look at your many updates and new tips since March 29. You have really found some fascinating places. I'll definitely try to visit the Panke Museum, for instance, next time I am in Berlin.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    wow, 226 tips already and a lot of great updates again !

  • Ewilly's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    very interesting but I never heared so far that Bismarck was a prince !

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      In 1871, Otto von Bismarck was raised to the rank of Fürst (Prince). He was also appointed Imperial Chancellor (Reichskanzler) of the German Empire, but retained his Prussian offices (including those of Minister-President and Foreign Minister). He was also promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general, and given another country estate, Friedrichsruh, near Hamburg, which was larger than Varzin, making him a very wealthy landowner. Because of both the imperial and the Prussian offices that he held, Bismarck had near complete control over domestic and foreign policy.

    • Ewilly's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      haha, in german prince only has the meaning of prinz (= son of a king) and Fuerst is something else in german, but obviously not in english ! something new learned again !

  • australia2's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    'Angels Over Berlin'/'Wings of Desire' .(Der Himmel über Berlin) Dir/writer. Wim Wenders. Sequel, 'Faraway so Close'. What a Berlin comparison in those great movies. 'Must see' classic films .

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Mar 30, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      Thank you for your comment, unfortunately I do not see as many foreign language films as I should do.

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