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Potsdamer Platz

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  • Day1

    Berlin

    March 4 in Germany

    Früh geht es los. Auf nach Berlin. Um 16 Uhr werden wir (Mama, Toni, Bastian und ich) in der Philharmonie ein Konzert anhören. Vorher werden wir Mama‘s Cousine besuchen. Hier werden wir auch ein Mittagessen bekommen, bevor es quer durch die Stadt zum Konzert geht.

  • Day54

    Berlin, Germany

    June 29, 2017 in Germany

    Hollie and I jumped on a 8 hour FlixBus from Heidelberg to Berlin and arrived on the worst day possible in the past decade! There was torrential rain, the city was under water, the rivers and drains were flooding and the emergency department was struggling to deal with the enormous amounts of water. Just our luck, the public transport wasn't working so after 1.5 hours standing in the rain, we finally found a taxi that took us to our hostel. I'll be the first to admit I much prefer the luxury of hotel rooms over hostel dorms but I'll take whatever I can afford two months in!! Luckily the rain stopped overnight and we were able to enjoy a free walking tour around the city. It was a great way to see the main sites of Berlin and hear a little bit of history while getting some much needed exercise in. We visited the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Topography of Terror, Holocaust Memorial, Hitler's Bunker and the last remains of The Berlin Wall. We finished off the tour with a stop at Ritter Sport chocolate cafe and indulged in a decadent chocolate fondant, perfect for two chocolate lovers!!Read more

  • Day2

    Kreuz und quer durch Berlin

    September 13 in Germany

    Heute ging es nach dem Frühstück zuerst zum Stelenfeld. Die Zeit war zu knapp, um die Ausstellung unter dem Mahnmal zu besuchen, so sind wir nur zwischen den Stelen hindurchgegangen, was an sich schon recht beeindruckend sein kann.

    Ein älteres Ehepaar aus der Gruppe ist dort leider von drei „Studentinnen“, die Unterschriften sammelten bestohlen worden. Gott sei Dank ist ihre Geldbörse wieder aufgefunden worden, nur leider ohne Geld.

    Dann besuchten wir das Willy Brandt Haus mit der zerknitterten Bronzestatue, und nach dem Mittagessen ging es auf Stadtrundfahrt mit Stop und freier Zeit am Breitscheidplatz. Und immer schön die Handtaschen festgehalten!

    Am Potsdamer Platz gab es Abendessen, und danach wurde, wer wollte, in die Nacht entlassen. Wir wollten und liefen zu Fuß zum Brandenburger Tor, weil ich das noch nie beleuchtet gesehen habe. Dann noch schnell rüber zum Reichstag bei Nacht und mit dem Taxi zum Hotel auf einen Absacker in die Kneipe nebenan. Dort trafen wir unsere Reisebetreuerin mit ihrem Mann und haben uns noch sehr nett bei Bier und Radler unterhalten.

    Heute also „Berlin, wie ich es mag“. ❤
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  • Day4

    Berlin rennt

    September 15 in Germany

    Heute findet der Berlin Marathon statt.

    Nein! Nicht, was ihr vielleicht denkt, wir laufen nicht mit. Wir sind die „politischen“, nicht die „sportlichen“ Besucher. 😉

    Schon in den letzten Tagen begegneten uns immer wieder Gruppen von Läufern 🏃🏃🏃, die trainierten. Witzig waren vor allem die Japaner, die auf ihren Kappen eine Ananas 🍍 aus Filz angebracht hatten und immer strahlend und lächelnd winkten.

    Es laufen aber auch sehr berühmte Läufer und Läuferinnen mit, die schon bei Olympischen Spielen gewonnen 🏅 haben. So z.B. Tirunesh Dibaba aus Äthiopien.

    Für uns ging es zur Gedenkstätte für der Deutschen Widerstand. Dort im Hof wurden Graf Stauffenberg und andere im Juli 1944 nach dem gescheiterten Attentat auf Hitler standesrechtlich erschossen.

    Unsere Reiseleiterin, Frau Wohlgemut (die übringens tatsächlich ein blaues und ein braunes Auge 👀 hat), erzählte, dass sie bei Dreharbeiten zu dem Film „Operation Walküre“ hier am Originalschauplatz zugegen sein durfte. Die Schauspieler hätten sich gegenüber im Hotel Maritim umgezogen, und es sei sehr bedrückend gewesen, Männer in diesen Uniformen über die Straße gehen zu sehen.

    Die Führung durch die Gedenkstätte war sehr interessant. Es gab so viele unterschiedliche Arten, wie die Menschen Widerstand leisteten, z.B. indem sie einfach „nur“ den Hitlergruß verweigerten.

    Man denkt auch nicht darüber nach, wie schwierig es z.B. war, Flugblätter herzustellen. Es war ja schon verdächtig, wenn jemand 1000 Blatt Papier kaufen wollte. Man brauchte eine Schreibmaschine, und die hatte damals kaum eine Privatperson. Es war ja Büroaustattung. Auch das Kopieren bzw. Vervielfältigen war nicht so einfach.

    Eine ältere Frau aus unserer Gruppe erzählte mir während der Führung, das die Nazis damals die Metzgerei ihres Vaters schlossen, weil dieser sich weigerte, in die Partei einzutreten.

    Die Gruppenleiterin erzählte, dass es auch Besucher der Gedenkstätte mit rechter Gesinnung gäbe, die sich selbst als Widerstandskämpfer sehen und als Opfer in einem Staat, in dem sie ihre Meinung nicht äußern dürfen. Damit sei schwer umzugehen.

    Im Anschluss an diesen Besuch vertrieben wir uns die Zeit noch am Potsdamer Platz. Es war überall Spektakel wegen des Marathons, und viele Straßen waren gesperrt 🚧. Überall warteten die Läufer - heute waren die Kinder dran - darauf, dass es für sie los ging.

    Nun sitzen wir im Zug, es geht heimwärts 🚅, und alle genießen ihr Lunchpaket mit Schrippe und Käsestulle. 🧀

    Es waren sehr schöne und interessante Tage, und ich würde so eine Bildungsreise unbedingt weiterempfehlen. 😀
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  • Day51

    Berlin - Gyurme Arrives & Walking Tour

    September 20, 2015 in Germany

    Gyurme arrived at the airport in the morning and I met him there so he wouldn't have to figure out how to get to the apartment / become lost and confused in a foreign city.
    After bringing his bags back to the apartment, and me having relatively little concern for whether Gyurme had had any sleep in the last 30 hours or so, we headed back downtown to do the main city walking tour.

    This tour started at the Brandenburg Gate (very pretty) and the guide pointed out that the statue on top always seems to be glaring at the French embassy (Napoleon took it to Paris after defeating Prussia. The statue was originally Eirene, the goddess of peace (wow, Mum, I didn't know your name fit so well!), riding peace into Berlin, but was later changed to be Victoria, the Goddess of Victory.

    The tour also went through the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe". Even just the name bluntly hits you a bit. The memorial itself is a lot of (2711) concrete slabs in a sort of undulating hill sloping up while the ground beneath them slopes down. Inside it is dim, quiet, and kind of eerie. There's no official explanation for what the slabs represent, as long as it makes you think about what happened.

    After leaving the memorial, we went on to see the former Luftwaffe HQ building (very huge and imposing), complete with soviet-era bright happy murals from when it was the East Germany House of Ministries (#4). In front, blown up to the same scale as the murals, is the reality of that era: a photograph of protesters during an uprising that was suppressed by military force.

    Finally, we visited Checkpoint Charlie (a fake tourist attraction now) and a lovely square (Gendarmenmarkt) with two churches (competing to be the biggest) and a concert house building.
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  • Day11

    Berlin Day 1

    July 25, 2017 in Germany

    A big sleep in. Drizzle. Left here around 11am and walked through the Turkish Quarter - a little scary. Bus and U-Bahn to city and a walk to the Reichstag. Fortunately the drizzle stopped and it was only a little cold. Brandenburg Gate, Topographie des Terrors and Checkpoint Charlie. A day of History - discussing "cause, course and effects" of World War 2, the Holocaust and the Cold War. U-Bahn, bus and a walk home for home delivered Sushi and a relatively early night.Read more

  • Day254

    Berlin

    December 13, 2017 in Germany

    Today was so full I don't even know where to begin!

    Ok so firstly, we obviously got up. Our free walking tour I popped our name down for yesterday started near the Brandenburg gate which was 3km away.
    Bloooody colddddd!!
    My face was freezing! *say in Scottish accent*
    Even Will now wants to buy a scarf every though its super un-butch.

    Right so we were running out of time and dunken donuts were the only pre made food available near our start point.
    They were stale. Donut king is where it's at.

    Our tour group was quite small - about 10 and our guide was Max. He is from New York but married a German.

    So first talking point was the Brandenburg gate. It is the symbol of Berlin. He was an interesting guide as he didnt just state facts but rather talked about the symbolism and what the monument actually means to the Germans.
    It has changed meaning through time.

    So many important significant players have walked through it. Originally the middle slit was reserved for the King alone.
    Napolian and Hitler later walked through it. Again, symbolism.
    The horses and person dude on top was at one time taken by France. They took it back and it now stares at the French embassy haha

    He talked about german history from all their different wars from when the gate was built to the complete shitstorm they got themselves into. What daily life was like after WW1 and very briefly how Hitler came into power.

    The gate is a symbol of strength. The entire city destroyed but it remained standing.

    We walked through the gate and stopped on the other side. He showed us parliament. It has a glass dome on top where anyone cane go watch the parliament working.
    a symbol to say we don't have any secrets. They are trying to recover from their past.

    We then went to the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. It took over 15 years for them to decided what to build. Nothing they could build would be worthy and yet to build nothing was worse.

    It's 300 odd grey concrete blocks.
    It's actually very powerful.
    There is no signage on purpose. They didn't want to tell you what to think and feel as you interact with it.

    We walked through it. It is designed so the gaps are wide enough you don't feel trapped but small enough that you can't walk through side by side. You must walk through alone with your own thoughts.
    As you walk in the blocks get taller and taller and unever.
    It's like a maze of grey doom.

    I actually really like it but the city has mixed thoughts.
    But in reality, like what our guide said - nothing will be good enough to symbolically represent what happened and the horror.

    Some girls was doing a photo shoot on them which I though was pretty gross.
    I take a lot of pictures but this was not the spot to get your new dp at.

    We then went to a car park. Underneath is Hitler's bunker and if the recorded history is the correct one then it's also the location where he shot himself.

    They didn't know what to do with the space. They didn't destroy it, it's still underneath but they are not ready as a country to do anything with it at the moment.
    But they could.

    There is a small sign that was put In for tourists when the World Cup was on. People don't it.

    If he died here then it's important. A sign is needed.

    We then went to the only nazi head quarter building not destroyed.
    It was originally thought they just missed it but it's come to light it was left intentionally because there was info inside they wanted. Nuclear plans or something I can't remember 🤔
    It was the Air Force base.
    After ww2 the socialist party moved right in and its where the east Berlin stuff was founded.
    It's still standing because the west wanted to knock it down and even though the east also dislike it they said out of spite no you are doing it as an attack on the east and not on the nazis.
    So it remains standing and is now the tax office lol.
    You can see on the front door where swastikas were removed.

    We then stopped in at a cafe for a 15 min break.
    Will sampled a beer. He didnt rate it.

    We saw a remaining section of the Berlin Wall. There is a line that carries on on the floor to show where it was.
    The wall was way way thinner than I thought it was.

    We then went to checkpoint Charlie. Nothing there is original but in that location a lot of stuff happened.
    Classic Cold War stand off between Russia and America because some bloke wanted to go to the opera on the east and he should have been allowed across because he was from west Germany.

    A McDonald and KFC rightful sit at the American crossing side. Hahah

    We then went to a square with more Christmas markets that had some French religious building in it. He talked about how advanced Germany was in different aspects of tolerance towards other and how if you had to guess which European city would be responsible for ww2. No one would have picked Berlin. He said it seems an obvious choice now but back then no one would have picked it.

    We then Finished our tour in a square with 4 buildings.
    1 was the the opera house. The first public opera house where people and not just royals were able to go. The same opera house that the dude at checkpoint Charlie was trying to go to.

    Next was a big religious building. It was important because of more reasons about being tolerant...
    I was listening, promise.

    Next was a big public library which was used to educate everyone and not just the upper class and lastly was the university which is where Einstein taught.

    In the middle of the square is where the nazis burned the 20,000 books.

    There is a memorial in the floor.

    You go up to it and the floor is transparent and you look down into book shelves that would have accommodated the 20,000 books.

    A genuinely Fantastic tour.
    Probably the best speaker we have had. Or it could be that it's just such a fascinating city. I can't believe how much I enjoyed it and want to learn more about germanys past.
    I kept thinking the whole time that dad would bloody love this.
    Not sure if he had ever been but he needs to.
    Captain history buff.

    The traffic lights are from the communist times too so they are pretty cute and funny. A lot of souvenir stuff have it printed on them.

    There is this big church in the middle of the city that is beautiful. It's blackened at the top which Will made a comment that he thinks it would look better if they cleaned it but I disagree. I think it adds legitimacy to it.
    It looks as if it's been burnt... we have learnt this trip that every city has had "a great fire" lol maybe Berlin too? Lol

    Hamish and Andy did a gap year episode and ate a hot sausage and so naturally Will wanted to try. The shop they went to is closed so we went to a different one. It wasn't as hot as he would have liked but he still really enjoyed it.
    We were tired so we walked home.

    We had some food in the lobby and eventually ventured out to the Christmas markets but we learnt yesterday to bring our gloves!

    OH BUT BEFORE WE LEFT I BOUGHT STAMPS IN THE LOBBY AND FINALLY SENT THOSE DAMN POSTCARDS. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

    We went to the one from yesterday but eventually ventured on to the one we walked past on tour. We were told it's a rare one with an entry fee but worth it - only 1 euro anyway.

    The line was big but moved quickly - stocked because we even got entry tickets so I can staple them in my book.

    I know it's statistically less likely for a woman to lead an attack but only Will got patted down when entering the market which I think it a lapse in security but whatever.

    We stopped in at the first store to get some feuerzangenbowle. It's like hot wine but not the famous type we though it was 🤔🤔 still, a very german drink.
    You had to pay a 2.5€ deposit for your mug. We decided to only return one.
    😝😝😝

    AND THEN MAGIC HAPPENED. As we were freezing, sipping on our hot wine it started to SNOW ❄️🤗🤗
    I was so giddy with excitement.
    It was only the ice snow BUT STILL!
    I have never seen it fall from the sky before.

    We walked around and found a live carol performance which was just so jolly. They had the books in front of then and everything.

    Magic 💫💫💫💫

    We walked home through market number 3 and bought a sausages.
    Well done Germany. 👏🏼👏🏼

    We are both really, really REALLY impressed with Berlin.
    It is so much cleaner and more spacious/open than I expected.

    Love it tbqh.
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