Berlin has been on my Bucket list for many years and this month I finally made it to Berlin. Unfortunately the weather was against us as we drove the 635 kilometres from Heidelberg through the snow to our apartment on Schonhauser Allee in the old East Berlin, three stops from Alexanderplatz on the Berlin Underground.
On the first day we took the Underground to Alexanderplatz and then the Hop On Hop Off bus through the city. This 20-stop 2-hour (without getting off) journey gave us a good insight into the city. After a hearty lunch we took an hour cruise on the Spree River. The following day, began with clear blue skies and 1C, we wandered the streets and visited the Museum, so warm from the outside chill. We spent the evening having dinner at the Charlottenburg Palace followed by a concert. The third day we visited more Berlin sights and drove to Potsdam in the afternoon. We had dinner at our new-found friends, Zakiakah & Hanno, place. The sauerbraten, a very typical Rheinland beef recipe was superb. Meeting new friends and having a typical meal was a wonderful ending to our Berlin trip.
This section of the wall is known as the East Side Gallery and property developers want to take over this section for exclusive apartments and the wall would have to come down. During our visit in March 2013 there was an outcry from the public and hopefully the local government will not approve the planning.
This is a mosque, right? Wrong, it’s a waterworks, designed by a Berliner who had penchant for mosques and wanted something different.
We found Berlin to be relatively cheap compared to other European cities, coffee is less than half the Swiss & French prices and a huge plate of ravioli with salad and bread at Euro5.60 was superb. I would like to revisit Berlin, but next time in the Spring or Autumn.