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  • Day2

    The Wall und Checkpoint Charlie

    August 24, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Weiter zum Wall museum und zur Mauer selbst. Dann weiter, weil noch Zeit ist, zum Checkpoint Charlie im anschließend zum Parkfest and Gleisdreieck zu fahren für Musik und essen und vor allem Freunde treffen.

    Jetzt liegen wie in der besten Berliner Unterkunft der Welt und versuchen zu schlafen. Die Beine können nicht mehr. Gute Nacht.
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  • Day41

    Dom Cathedral Berlin

    September 10, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    What do you give the King and Queen for their 25th Wedding Anniversary?
    I know a Cathedral.

    That’s what the German State did in 1905 when they opened the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church (German: Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin) in Berlin was finished.
    The Evangelicals are the collection of Calvanists and Lutherans in Germany and it’s not a Cathedral as it doesn’t have a Bishop.

    It’s all a bit complicated as there’s been a church here since the 15th century and this one survived both the Allied bombing and the communists although both took their toll. They can call it whatever they want.

    So we had to go and arrived just as a 15mins midday service was starting. They lock the doors so you are staying and although it wasn’t entirely clear on the content the organ is amazing. So’s the church for that matter.

    The climb/ascent to the dome walk is a little challenging (400 steps or so) but the view amazing.

    Many started, few got to the second stage let alone the third.

    The sign in the way actually says “The way up is physically demanding “.

    Have decided some people can’t read.
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  • Day57

    Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie

    October 22, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We had a massive walking day today of just over 15km! Berlin is very flat so walking is quite easy, and I think I had underestimated just how much we would be able to get through on foot in one day. The kids did remarkably well – they were asking by 3pm if we could catch public transport home, but in fact it was almost the same amount of time to walk as to catch a bus/train, so walking it was. They have been superstars on the walking front over the last 8 weeks - we really have been blessed with kids that are pretty amenable to going with the flow.

    To be heard circa 4pm this afternoon…

    Craig: “How’s your little legs going, Kitty?” | Katiekoozle: “Good. How’s your little legs going, Dad?”

    Just around the corner from home is the Deutsches Currywurst Museum Berlin. For some reason, the kids were desperate to go to it, but we said no - earmarked currywurst for lunch instead.

    We are staying “on the East side” in an apartment on Charlottenstraße in Berlin Mitte which is one of the streets intersected by the Berlin Wall. A one minute walk from our front door is Checkpoint Charlie. There is a free open-air information section near the checkpoint which was very handy as it described a lot of history of the Wall, but also pointed out that the double cobblestone line running through parts of the city indicate where the Wall actually was.
    We followed the “Wall line” around to an exhibition called the Topography of Terror which has a remaining section of the Berlin Wall. It is also on the site of buildings which housed the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror – the Secret State Police Office with its own “house prison,” the leadership of the SS and, during the Second World War, the Reich Security Main Office. We can’t really linger in some of these places as there is a lot to take in and the kids can’t be expected the read all of the panels which document the history, so I will put this on the list of something I would like to return to one day.
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  • Day41


    September 10, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    We knew it was somewhere as we’d seen from the Dom.
    The Gendarmenmarkt is a lovely square that houses the home of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (built 1824) and 2 churches, one build by French Huguenot in 1704 and the second matching one for German Lutherans in 1708.

    Nice to have matching bookends.

    Also has excellent public toilet reminiscent of Parisienne pissoir.

    Something for everyone really.
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  • Day56

    Bavaria to Berlin

    October 21, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    It was a day of travel today - 5.5 hours to Berlin. We were all packed up by 9.15am, only to discover that in checking the entire AirBnB for anything we left behind, we neglected to notice the car keys on the little nook we had been leaving them on in the hall. Closed the door locking the house keys in the house, only to find that starting the car was now a bit tricky.

    Sent emails and texts to the host, with no response, but luckily the cleaners arrived. Unfortunately, they were relying on our house keys being in the key safe. Oops! But luckily, they called the manager, he popped around with keys, and we were only an hour late leaving. Could have been worse I guess! In the meantime, we did have a great chat to one of the cleaning ladies whose ex-husband was English and she had lived just outside of London for 5 years, so she spoke excellent English.

    We stopped at our favourite wind turbine to take a picture - those things are dizzyingly big. Looking up at them make you feel motion sick! We passed one section of countryside where we ended up stopping for lunch that had over 50 wind turbines.

    Our drive was pleasant, except for the bits where the husband was driving at 175kph. That almost made me want to vomit from anxiety. I thought it would also be stressful driving into Berlin. It was simple (she says, not actually doing the driving). And then we got to the parking garage attached to our accommodation, which has one of those lifts that make you feel like your car is about to get squished on the ceiling.

    I was excited to see that our Berlin accommodation had only indulged in two of the three acts of bedroom heresy. If I had to name the top three things that have driven me insane in Europe, they would be the ridiculous European pillows with absolutely no stuffing in them whatsoever, the spilt mattress on the double/queen bed, and the two doonas situation. All three together are like the holy trinity of bedroom atrocities.

    My shoulder is steadily getting more painful each night I have to put up with the pillow situation, so the one thing I am looking forward to when I get home is sleeping with my four perfectly stuffed pillows again! Luckily our Berlin accommodation is only committing two of the three acts of bedroom heresy - the bed is not actually two separate mattresses. I think Europeans must all be exiting in a state of perpetual tiredness from fighting with their bedroom linen all night trying to get comfortable. Might even be a reason for re-running the Brexit referendum - they were all too tired to vote, or to vote with any sense due to ridiculous bedrooms?
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  • Day3

    Still Berlin...

    May 27, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On the second day in Berlin, we used the day card to go around the city and see the city from inside. Actually, this was the plan, but we ended up walking as much as the day before. The previous day there was a demonstration in Unter den Linden (about the lack of kindergartens in Germany - and Hitler's parade Avenue was closed. On the second day, the demonstrations went on (about racism and immigrants), this time in Tiergarten - the great city park - and we walked around the loud caravans to reach Reichstag building by the end of the day and see the panoramic view from its top. It is an amazing thing you can do in Berlin for free ;). Besides this, we visited the Olympic Stadium area, Charlottenburg Castle, passed by the Victory Column, Bellevue Palace - residence of the President -, the Philarmonic building with its tentlike roof and the Sony building with the breakfast room of the Esplanada Hotel - a memory of a luxury hotel before WW2 - within the glass walls that protects it from falling apart. Also "funny" is the way they left the Emperor William Memorial Church. It was severely damaged during WW2 and they only made sure that the ceiling of the ground floor was kept in a way that you can feel how splendorous it was, but they didn't rebuild the outside and you can have an idea of how the city looked like after the war. We had dinner on East Side gallery, not before taking a stroll along the remains of the Wall... We couldn't go to the hotel before visiting Checkpoint Charlie... It was our second and last day in Berlin...Read more

  • Day11


    September 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Train into where the gate is and grabbed us hop on off tickets. Saw all the major city sites. Was a bit overcast today and the city looked gray! We were on the bus for about 2 hours so we were desperate for a beer when we got off. Alexander Plas and cocktails!!! About half the price of Melbourne!
    Lasse met us at 6pm and another cocktail.

    Then out to dinner at a great Thai restaurant and conversation!

    A few steps away was Lasse’s favourite bar and the smallest gay bar ever. So small smoking rules don’t apply (don’t get that but not complaining). We stayed for hours chatting to Ugern, an old gay drunk man.
    The bar tending tried making me an expression martini and he made a martini then poured a shot of coffee into it haha
    He tried again and this time more coffee and less martini. I shot them! However I don’t quite remember this part of the night. This is what I am told happened! I also after the bar bought a slice off pizza but threw it on the ground and this certainly doesn’t sound like me... wasting food.

    I was folded into an Uber and taken home and put to bed!
    Bloody fantastic day and night hanging out!
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  • Day2

    Doner Kebab and Checkpoint Charlie

    December 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Interestingly our guide informed us that the most common food for Berliners is the Doner Kebab!
    Walking around Berlin you will see lots of different types of sausages bratwurst etc and another interesting dish called “curry wurst” which is not a signature Berlin dish although you could be mistaken for thinking it.
    Checkpoint Charlie was the original exchange point between East Germany and West Germany an interestingly it is not in its original location and most Berliners shun the area because of its crude commercialization with fake pieces of wall and Soviet paraphernalia.
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  • Day2


    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

You might also know this place by the following names:

Friedrichstadt, Berlin-Friedrichstadt, Fridericianum, Фридрихштадт

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