Last day in Berlin

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Templehof Airport - where US pilots airlifted in supplies during the 1948 - 49 blockade of Berlin.

Our last day in Berlin...  Our friend Jürgen took us on a grand tour through Berlin in his car.  Seeing Berlin with a Berliner was a fantastic experience.

We started at Lichtenrade and continued down Mariendorferdamm - driving down this street I was surprised to see a lot of Halloween decorations - scarecrows tied to trees, jack-o-lanterns. 

From Mariendorferdamm we continued down Tempelhofer Damm. We drove down this wide street til we reached the Tempelhof Airport which was built by the Nazis.  The airport building is enormous.  This is the airport that American pilots flew supplies into during the blockade of Berlin in 1948 - 49.  From there we went to Kennedy Plaza and the Rathaus Schönberg which is where JFK gave his "ich bin ein Berliner" speech!

From Kennedy Plaza we drove by Charlottenburg.

Tempelhof Airport
  There's a palace here that I would like to visit some time.  We saw the Funkturm - Berlin's "Eiffel Tower" originally built for radio broadcasting.

After seeing the Funkturm (in the distance!) we drove down Kurfürsetndamm "Kudamm" - this is a really nice shopping street where the best shops are located.

After Kudamm we headed towards Marzahn which is in E. Berlin.  Social housing was built here in the 1970's and 1980's for thousands of families in enormous buildings surrounded by ample green space and sports facilities.

Berlin Kubenik - this looks like a nice neighborhood with more tree lined streets and small single family homes and then long fows of flats, neat and cheerfully painted.

We eventually make it to the Müggelsee which is a lake in Berlin.

One of the planes used for the airlift
  I'm surprised at how enormous this city is and at all of the diversity it encloses - from dense urban areas, to forest and even lakes.  The Müggelsee is really pretty - surely a great place to escape the heat in the summer.

Jürgen took us on a fantastic tour of his city - we saw just about everything and he gave ample explanations as we went along.  One thing I really like about Berlin is all of the water in the city. It seemed like we were constantly driving along the river or canals.  It was pretty to see the buildings and blue sky reflected in the water.  I want to return again and take one of the probably tgouristy boat rides and see the city from the vantage point of the water. 

tvillingmarit says:
I want to go to Berlin after reading your blog. LOL
Posted on: Oct 17, 2007
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