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Friedrichstadt

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    • Day 34

      Museum Island

      April 1, 2023 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 50 °F

      German society is still smoking. Is it because there is always a cold bier near?
      Now that this incredible subway system that rivals or may surpass London’s tube has been tamed I decided to tackle the museums. The principle ones located on an island in the middle of the Spree River.
      A mid morning start found the streets quiet. I boarded the U2 train to Hausvogteiplatz walking the remainder to the island. But decided to cross the Spree to enter the Radisson the hotel my wife and I stayed on our first visit. It was shutdown for renovation. The hotel’s outstanding feature was the AquaDom in the lobby over the bar. Impressive at 82 feet tall, 36 feet across with 264,000 gallons. Quite the fish tank. Magical. Maggie and I would have an evening glass of wine before retiring for the night.
      Last December 16 the tank blew sending fish out the lobby doors into the street. No one perished but a lot of fish died. Local authorities called it a maritime disaster. Hah!
      I first visited the Cathedral beautiful ornate building with Prussian Kings and Queen latex to rest inside. Germans are a tall people but these sarcophagi were half the length of a school bus. What were they buried with? After absorbing the beauty of this church I decided to climb the 282 steps to the dome top. Great views of the city and one can walk completely around the dome circumference.
      Climbing down to street level I headed to the Alte Museum home to classical period masterpieces. It took about 1 1/2 hours to see the collection without the audio phone tour. Housed here are the distinguished German artist plus Monet, Rodin, Cézanne, Manet and others.
      Next the Neue Museum which I skipped due to a queue and headed to the Pergamon Museum filled antiquities predating Christ from Syria, Iraq and Babylon. Remember learning in elementary school about Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon? Well tule remnants of his palace are here. Plus Roman structures from the period. A truly remarkable museum. Among the artifacts is a fully assemble dining room floor from a wealthy Roman villa.
      And of course a visitor dropped her phone onto it. Prohibited to walk on it the gallery erupted in applause when one of the docents was able to retrieve it with a “handy” grasping claw.
      Tonight wanting Turkish food I went for Thai not wanting to ride the subway again. My favorite Larb Gai.
      It’s been raining and cold most of the day but to plan to venture out around midnight to walk the city streets while listening to Bowie’s album Heroes. I’m too far from the Wall or Hansa Studios where it was recorded but the local streets near Wittenberg Platz will provide the necessary accompaniment.
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    • Day 16

      Eating our feelings

      September 19, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Today was a bit of a slow one.

      We had a quick video call with respective families on our way to Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen. A concentration camp a 50 minute train ride away. It was in use from 1936-1945 and then a Soviet special camp from 1945-1950 once "liberated".

      We spent the most part of the day there learning about the history and the atrocities that were carried out.

      When we got back to the city center we had an emotional support doner kebap and chips and headed back to the hostel to pack and prepare for our 6am train tomorrow morning.

      Just before bed we decided to run out and grab a icecream snack, because who doesn't need sugar before trying to sleep?

      Seeya in Munich!

      Steps
      Both: around 23k
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    • Day 1

      Day 160: Berlin

      June 18 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

      We were in bed by 10:30pm, but our jet lag resulted in sleeping in until 11am. Luckily we are entering the longest days of the year so it would be easy to recuperate time in Berlin.

      We started our day nerding out by visiting the filming set of Mary’s favorite TV show Dark, which was filmed in the Berlin country side. It was a 40 minute walk to the bridge where Marta told Jonas she was having deja vu and the kids returned after losing Mikkel (no spoilers, it’s the first episode). The forest surrounding the location was also cool.

      We trained back into the city to visit the Berlin Story Bunker, a museum dedicated to explaining how the Third Reich and Hitler could rise to power. It’s also where Hitler committed suicide and they burned his body. There was an excellent exhibit within the museum on the current war in Ukraine and the parallels between Putin and Hitler on state propaganda as well as a panel on memes being used in psychological war against Russia. Check out the picture of Ukrainian soldier patches that have been traded with the museum owner (yes they are real meme patches)! The museum has also sent filming drones and other helpful technology to support Ukraine.

      We walked to Checkpoint Charlie which was the US Army station between West and East Berlin. While grabbing food a huge storm hit and we waited it out by watching the Turkey vs Georgia Eurocup football game (hosted in Germany). Once the clouds cleared, we power walked to a section of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, and finally the Reichstag before more rain fell.

      There is a 100% discernible difference between East and West Berlin, and it’s most notable in the buildings and street lamps. It’s clear the West had money to repair and modernize while the East remained the same. Either way, everyone agrees the East side is best side because it has the culture and traditional architecture.

      Hostel: Meininger East Gallery

      Spots:
      Königsweg bridge
      Berlin Story Bunker
      Berlin Wall
      Anhalter Bahnhof
      Checkpoint Charlie
      Brandenburg Gate
      Reichstag
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    • Day 6

      Amsterdam to Berlin

      September 10, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Long journey to Berlin via Düsseldorf but very comfortable 1st class seats. Chance to relax, watch a video, listen to music. Gave everybody a laugh when my suitcase got away from me and rolled down the middle of the UBahn train with me running after it!!

      Fabulous hotel room!

      Ended up the evening in a small Chinese restaurant across the road with amazing food at little cost!
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    • Day 8

      Museum Island and DDR Museum

      September 12, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Berlin Cathedral is situated on Museum Island in the centre of the River Spree, 5 museums but just a place for a gentle stroll. Just across the river was the DDR museum which showed what life was like behind the Berlin Wall.

      Moving on, we found the British Embassy with it’s floral tributes to the Queen.
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    • Day 2

      Day 3 - Street Art and Prenzlauer Berg w

      September 12, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Did a free walking tour of the graffiti and street art scene in the area KreuzBerg and the East Side Gallery wt Ismael from GuruWalks. Then met up wt a friend of a friend in Berlin - Jesper and his wife Tina in Prenzlauer Berg. I would stay here next time!Read more

    • Day 3

      Day 4 - German history day

      September 13, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Visited the Jewish Museum and then took a walking tour wt Ru called “Berlin under the Swastika”. Finished the day at Holzcraft 25.

      Managed to get our second wind at midnight and headed to Tresor. When in Berlin…!Read more

    • Day 2

      Gendarmenmarkt

      November 4, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      La peculiarità della Gendarmenmarkt è il fatto che ospita due chiese gemelle costruite alle sue estremità, la chiesa francese (Französischer Dom) e la chiesa tedesca (Deutscher Dom). Nel centro della piazza si affaccia la Konzerthaus Berlin, la sala concerti più importante della città.Read more

    • Day 2

      Gendarmenmarkt

      December 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      This was our first experience with a traditional German Christmas market and it is quite an experience!
      There are a variety of traditional German foods such as crepes, bratwurst, turkey, raclette, gluweine and other Christmas paraphernalia like baubles, wood carving, leatherwork and coats and jackets etcRead more

    • Day 10

      Berlin | Friday Finance

      March 24, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      No segundo dia em Berlin, fomos pela primeira vez ao escritorio e acabamos conhecendo uma parte um pouco mais bonita da cidade, o bairro Mitte. O escritorio é bem agradavel, tem café de graça e cerveja tambem. O Vignesh nos levou para comer no Shosi Burger, um hamburger bem gostoso.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Friedrichstadt, Berlin-Friedrichstadt, Fridericianum, Фридрихштадт

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