Museum Island

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  • Day1

    Ein schöner Tag in Berlin

    July 8, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Nach einer 14-stündigen Busfahrt erreichte ich gegen 8:30 Uhr das erste Ziel meiner Reise - Berlin. Trotz wenig Schlaf war ich topfit und schlenderte schon am Morgen zu sämtlichem Bauwerken, Denkmälern, dem Checkpoint Charlie, dem Reichstag und besuchte eine Ausstellung über den zweiten Weltkrieg und die Nachkriegszeit. Nach einer kurzen Verschnaufspause im Hostel suchte ich am Nachmittag noch das Schloss Bellevue und die Siegessäule auf und lief anschließend erneut gemütlich durch die Innenstadt. Straßenmusiker und andere Künstler sorgten für eine schöne Atmosphäre. Insgesamt habe ich heute 29 900 Schritte (ca. 20km) gemacht und den Tag perfekt genutzt :-) .Read more

  • Day3

    Berlijn dag 1,5: Mauer und Mitte

    March 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    's Morgens een hartig ontbijt gegeten in ons hotel. Onze eerste bestemming was Bernauer straße met de U-bahn waar een monument en museum gewijd is aan de Berlijnse muur. Veel uitleg over de continue uitbreiding van de muur en de impact op de bevolking. We hadden bet moeilijk om te bevatten dat dit echt gebeurd is en zelfs geduurd heeft tot 2 jaar voor wij geboren werden.

    Vervolgens de S-bahn genomen naar de East Side Gallery. Hier is er ook een groot stuk muur met een museum dat zich focust op de Koude Oorlog en de spanningen die bijna WO III ontketende. Het visuele karakter van de tentoonstelling was zeer pakkend. Onvoorstelbare toestanden die eigenlijk nog maar goed 30 jaar geleden eindigden. Er was een reeks beelden tegen het einde van de expositie die over het vallen van de muur ging, hiervan waren we erg onder de indruk. De opluchting bij de bevolking was echt voelbaar.

    Om even te bekomen hebben we ons onder de hipsters gemengd in Michelberger hotel. Hier werden we aangesproken door een kerel die ons Görlitzer Park aanraadde: 'a rough but beautiful park'
    Na onze linzen en gerookte makreel staken we de brug over richting het park. De concentratie graffiti en aanplaksels was héél hoog daar. Een leuke afwisseling was het dikke huisdier eekhoorntje met zijn eigen gevelhokje. Eenmaal aangekomen aan het schmutzig uitziend park werden we heel vriendelijk gevraagd of 'we iets nodig hadden', waar we even vriendelijk voor bedankten. Tijdens onze koffiepauze in Annelies (opnieuw een hippe keet) besloten het toch elders te gaan zoeken. Allee, niet 'het' maar onze weg voort te zetten richting Mitte (aka het centrum).

    Met de fiets zijn we langs de Berliner highlights gefietst. Tothiertoe was Berlijn geen "mooie" stad maar zeker wel indrukwekkend. De historische landmarks (Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, Gerdarmenmarkt,...) konden ons echter zeker bekoren. Daarna even bekomen van onze dag in het hotel in afwachting van ons fancy diner, alsook terug wat opgewarmd.

    Onze dag afgesloten met een 8 gangen tasting menu in een Japans restaurant. Inclusief paired sake tasting uiteraard! Reeds bij het binnenwandelen, wisten we dat er ons een bijzondere avond te wachten stond. Je daalt af in een mysterieus verlichte kelder en waant je in een binnenhof in Tokyo, compleet met houten hokjes waar je in private sfeer kan dineren achter het bamboo rolluikje. Kanpai!
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  • Day2


    June 17, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Vom Reichstag ging es dann wieder Richtung Hotel, die Füße begannen allmählich an zu qualmen. Auf den Weg dorthin haben wir am Potsdamer Platz einen kleinen Boxenstop eingelegt und haben ein Radler, Baguette und Salat zu uns genommen.

    Im Hotel angekommen, wurden erstmal die armen Füße versorgt😀.
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  • Day38

    A short night and Berlin in a Fugue

    September 7, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    640 flight from Manchester to Berlin, what could go wrong.
    Early night as we planned to be up at 3:50.
    Well for some reason it was 1:10 and then:I’ll get up soon, are you still awake as well, is it almost time to get up, is it light outside.
    Eventually 3:50 came and we went.
    Manchester Terminal 1 the home of the low cost airline was it’s usual absolutely packed self with security to match.

    Friday is national UK “lets fly to any localtion that’s not here day” and every type of citizen gets to dress inappropriately and move in swarms.
    One of the best was the collection of grannies with matching purple tee shirts and individualised texts on the front.
    The lady with “Cheeky Tits” was someones probably someones grandmother !!!!! Fortunately none of the Hens Parties were on our plane. Pity the Spanish.

    Eventually made Berlin but the day was gettinga little long.

    Mark was obviously trying to apologies for the second half of the trip as the accommodation is the size of our grannyflat and in a Newtown/Paddington cross type of area. That means quite hip but upmarket. That means bits of grot but you still pay the premium.

    Wlak around for a a couple of hours in jet lagged like fog, eat Vietnamese form across the road for a 3pm lunch, see a Church, some more walking, more fog, shop for a dinner at home and very early night.

    It is believed that Bernadette managed to sleep standing up at one stage.

    We are definitely not bouncing back these days.

    Berlin very nice, loe rise, very flat ( a good thing ) and hopefully will be clearer on Saturday.
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  • Day7


    November 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Leider hatte ich gestern keine Zeit ein Foto zu machen. Wir waren den Vormittag Shoppen und Nachmittags mit Rita und ihrer Familie bei einer Halloween Party. Und sind um die Häuser gezogen. ES WAR EIN TOLLER TAG!!!🥰Read more

  • Day14

    To the bar and back.

    June 6, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This morning we got up and went out to see the city.

    First stop was parliament... that is only after we figured out how to use the public transit system. It is soooo complicated!! There are the S and the U line which are ran by different companies, then there's the train and all the buses. Oh god. It's a nightmare looking at the map.

    Parliament was such a beautiful building and as you can imagine, tons of police around.

    Next stop was the Brandenburg gate. It is the only remaining gate through which people used to enter Berlin. It was built between 1788 and 1791. It was used as entrance into East Berlin in the Cold War. When the Nazis came to power, they used the Gate as their symbol. The Gate was damaged but not destroyed during World War II. The governments of East Berlin and West Berlin restored it but it was closed when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. The gate was in the middle of the death strip. Unfortunately we couldn't get super up close to see it because there was an international gymnastics competition going on (they were everywhere).

    Next stop: Victory Tower Column. It was built in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War and France in the Franco-Prussian War, giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the so-called unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 metres (27 ft) high and weighing 35 tonnes.

    Next stop: Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was Berlin's best known crossing point between West and East Berlin near by the inner Berlin sector boundary between 1961 and 1989. When we got there, I was a little insulted. They had 2 fake US army soldiers standing outside... not only were they smoking but they were standing there and posing with people for pictures for money. What happened in the Cold War was absolutely horrible. I found seeing that completely disgraceful. We took pictures from behind without them in it.

    Next stop: Alexanderplatz. It is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. The Fernsehturm was intended as both a symbol of communist power and of Berlin. It remains the latter today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. (The pointy tower that looks incredibly similar to the CN tower)

    Next stop: Berlin Cathedral. We didn't go in but the outside was spectacular. (Picture of me in front of the water fountain with the cathedral in the back)

    Next stop: Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip"). During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200 in and around Berlin. In the metro systems, they sealed off tunnels so that east Berliners couldn't get across to the west. Contrary to popular belief the Wall's actual demolition did not begin until the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990. (It was super emotional to be there and actually touch the wall or what's left of it). They have photos of those who lost their lives trying to escape at the official site of the Berlin Wall. All throughout the city they have markings on the ground where the wall used to run. The part of the Berlin Wall that we were at was a cemetery. Victims of world war 2 were buried there. They were drug up when they built the Berlin Wall. There are crosses on site commemorate those victims. All in all, it makes me realize how great of a life I have and how fortune I am. It makes all my problems seem inexistant. (This is why i love to travel. Eye openers like this)

    So after all this and walking about 16km we headed back to the hostel (also cause it was raining). We sat in the room for a little until we decided to go downstairs and have a beer..... or a couple. We played some drinking games then decided to take on pool. Turns out, I'm really horrible. I hit one of the balls right off the table and across the whole bar. Hehe oops.

    Life lesson still not achieved: DONT DRINK AND PACK
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  • Day13

    I see you

    June 5, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    This morning we got up and backed our bags for Germany!!

    Our flight wasn't until the evening so we checked our bags at the train station (close to city centre) and walked around some more before heading out.

    It was raining all day in Bergen so we walked quickly in and out of shops trying to keep out of the rain.

    We went through the fish market again and to see if we could try some brown cheese. It is sweet, fatty brown cheese made from goats milk. We found a place that would give us a piece to try. I took the worlds smallest bit & I couldn't keep a straight face. It was by far that nastiest cheese I've ever tasted. I actually felt my stomach tightening as if I was getting ready to puke... the worst part is that the taste lingers in your mouth.

    We grabbed our bags and took the tram to the airport (yes Kaylee fell asleep again)

    I managed to find my mini bottle of Norways famous Akvavit in the duty free shop. We charged our phones before boarding our flight. Getting on, there were 2 middld aged men who were WASTED. I bet that they would be sitting right next to us& guess what... yup the row across. As soon as we took off, they fell asleep and didn't wake up again until we landed.

    We got off the plane and connected to wifi to try and get directions to our hostel. We found a bus that would bring us almost to the front door... I asked a worker where we could find the bus & then he began to tell us we we're looking at the wrong airport on our map.... stupid us. We were at a different airport that was across the city from us. We ended up taking the train to Berlin city centre (FOR 3.40€!!!!! So cheap omg!!! Train tickets for everyone)

    When we were on the train, half way, we stopped in the middle of the track & someone whispered "I see you" in a super creepy voice. I got so scared my eyes started tearing up. 😂😂😂

    Fast forward to our hostel which is right downtown, we checked in. We have our own room with a shower & a shared bathroom. We quickly dropped off our stuff, got changed & went to get some food (THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD)

    We had a döner kabob and a 0.5L beer for 5€ YASSSSSssssss.

    Back to the hostel to do some laundry in the sink & get to bed 😴
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  • Day38

    Well that wasn"t Planned

    September 7, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Dropping the car off Friday proved one of the worst drives of the entire trip.
    Manchester Airport has two major feature; roundabouts and car parks.
    You miss a turn and it’s 4 roundabouts to get back on track. We are not talking your, “I’ll just drive over it Sydney roundabout. We are talking roundabout the size of small European countries connected by M roads that no doubt all make sense if you are on drugs or if it isn’t raining. It was raining and we definitely need an alcoholic afterwords. What was a 2 mile drive turned into an extended trip of Britain.

    Did find hotel evenetually then went to return car.

    Agreement was return car with full tank.
    Not a problem, there are two petrol stations at the airport.
    There were two petrol stations at the airport.
    Of course they are now closed and boarded, probably to build more parking

    No were not going on search of another, will just pay for tank topup.

    As the man at return said, “That’s not a good idea.”

    They charge you a premium, a 100% premium.

    So £53 poorer but much crankier all bags are packed and it only remains to be up at 4am to fly to Berlin.

    Drove about 2,150 miles and know English lanes much to well but had a great time.
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  • Day1

    Charlie &Co

    November 23, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Wir hatten Glück und konnten schon um 12 ins Zimmer. Also aufhübschen und direkt wieder unterwegs.
    Mit Tageskarten per U- und S-Bahn zum Checkpoint Charlie. Das Museum war große klasse. Sehr viele interessante und spannende Infos, aber es war so groß, dass der Kopf irgendwann voll und keinerlei Input mehr möglich war.
    Nach Kaffee, Kuchen und 'n büschen Süßem ging es weiter zum Potsdamer Platz in die "Mall of Berlin". Größer als 3 mir bekannte Einkaufszentren zusammen. Wir haben kaum die Hälfte geschafft, dann war es uns doch langsam zu voll, zu laut, zu warm, einfach zu viel.
    Der Mini-Weihnachtsmarkt hat dann nicht wirklich geholfen. Ab ins Steakhaus "Buffalo" und etwas kaltes trinken. Aber da es inzwischen schon Abendbrotzeit war und das Angebot echt günstig, sind wir zum Essen geblieben.
    Zum Abschluss gab es dann noch Cocktails im "Que Pasa" in Kreuzberg.
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  • Day1

    Bootstour auf der Spree

    August 21 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Die Tour startete an der Friedrichstraße und führte uns vorbei am Kanzleramt bis hin zum Schloss Bellevue.
    Unterwegs passierten wir den Hauptbahnhof, das Bundesinnenministerium und das Schloss Charlottenburg. Alles wahre Augenweiden :-)
    Die Tour dauerte 2,5h und hatte neben einigen Highlights auch ein paar Längen. Im Großen und Ganzen hat es sich aber gelohnt 👍
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