"Berlin" Berlin by trvlrtom

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Berlin is a fascinating and exciting city, with layers of history and culture in every neighborhood. Watching the rebuilding of the city center, with the brilliant new architecture of Potsdamer Platz, the Sony Center and many other buildings and areas, is refreshing and encouraging. Older neighborhoods in the former eastern zone display interesting contrasts from refurbished pre-war buildings, communist era apartment blocks and lively arts and cultural scenes.

The healthy pedestrian atmosphere throughout the city perhaps make it one of my favorite cities to visit. Regardless of what part of the city you are in, there are bound to be friendly cafe's, restaurants and bars. If you can, rent or borrow a bicycle to get across town and see as much as you can with the ease of stopping where you please. There are bound to be many happy diversions.

It is difficult to get lost in central Berlin. Wherever you are, look for the great TV tower and you will know how to get back to Alexanderplatz!

Here are a few of my favorite memories of visiting Berlin:
1 - walking around interesting neighborhoods like Prenzauer Berg, looking at the old and new buildings and stopping for coffee.
2 - riding a bike across town, through Tiergarten, the Brandenburg Gate, across the river...
3 - stopping for currywurst and a pils
4 - digging deep into 20th century history at one or more of Berlin's great museums: DDR Museum, Deutsches Historisches Museum or Stasi Museum
5 - taking in the brilliant architecture of Sony Center

6 - Selecting a specialty museum and becoming curious again: Bauhaus Archiv, Musem fur Kommunikation, Pergamon museum...
7 - Appreciating the contrasts between old architecture, socialist architecture and everything new going up since the 1990s.
8 - Visiting funky bars and restaurants.

Berlin is a great city for pedestrians. People here enjoy taking time for a drink or a snack. Consider yourself lucky if you find empty seats like these at a cafe on Oderberger strasse on a sunny day.

While there is no shortage of things to do in Berlin, during my last trip to Berlin we made two day trips that were exceptional: the towns of Bautzen and Gorlitz. These two historic old towns are full of heritage and architectural charm. While Berlin's fascinating history is layered and continually evolving with contemporary style, Bautzen and Gorltz give you a feeling of walking through a time capsule.

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  • Last visit to Berlin: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    nice Berlin page!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Happy birthday, great page you have here on one of my favorite cities ;-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Hi, Tom! Great place for a long visit! You have a splendid description here!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Hi Tom, excellent page from a nice city ! Greetz

  • Aug 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Wow, you have visited all the historical places in Berlin from Cold War days. How many times have you visited Berlin?

  • azz8206's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    That's a great pic of the tv tower and the berliner dome

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    At last, a Berlin page that describes the city I have imagined. A fresh and thoughtful look at Berlin, I enjoyed it very much :))

  • MichaelFalk1969's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Hi Tom, glad you liked it there. Also one of my favourite cities in Germany. You`ve pointed out some places that were new to me, though I go to Berlin once a year. Good photos, too!

  • NeverBeenThere's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    very artistic shots.. u have a good eye for beauty n color!


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