New Years in Berlin
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Berlin just had loads of history as a frontier city between the east and the west and once the powerhouse of the Third Reich.
Met up with my couchsurfer host Tabitha. She just gave me such a good vibe with her cheerful mood and also invited me out to a rooftop close to Brandenburger gate. The Fireworks was pretty nice and I felt sorry that I left my camera and tripod at Tabitha's apartment. We got some music and partied out in the snow for about an hour , before we started looking for a party nearby. We found one and it was packed! A little to packed for me, but a nice Swedish girl approached me and invited me into the "lounge" where we could talk. Seemed like she was very happy with being able to speak Swedish after speaking mostly English and German for the last months.
I just lazed in Tabitha's apartment the entire day and made plans for the next day.. Curing a hungover from last night
Day3 (2jan). First day of actual exploring. I got up early and headed out to Spandau for the Luftwaffen Museum (Air Force Museum). This is pretty far outside of the city so it took a good six hour including the museum. To get there you have to take the S-bahn to Spandau and change to bus 135. Get off at Seekorso and follow the signs to the luftwaffen museum.. Well back at Zoo Station i did the Helmut Newton Photography Museum , which where really nice. Most of the pictures contained nude women which isnt a bad start for a museum.
The Story of Berlin was located nearby and was open until 8PM so i decided to pay them a visit.. I budgeted 2hours for this place, but that was obviously not enough. If you want a tour of the Nuclear bunker and to go through the exhibit it will take you at least three hours or more. Probably more if youre like to read the information on the walls and take some pictures.
Headed to a bar near Senefelder Platz called Volkerfreundschaft. I really liked this bar, but how can they go wrong whey they are playing social distortion , Rammstein and Iron Maiden? I think i heard some Rancin as well, so the bartender really has a good taste in music. The beers where average priced at 1.
Well home at Tabitas apartment again I gave her a good massage for thanking her of my stay. I wanted to cook for her, but i couldnt find the stuff i was looking for at the supermarket.
Day4 (Jan3) Got up Early to being able to see Treptower Park before the crowds of tourist arrived. The Soviet Memorial is pretty amazing (see review for pictures). The Red Marble used in creating the memorial is the same Marble that once where used in the construction of Hitler's chancellery.. I strolled around here for about an hour before I headed to Unter Den linden to attend the Free New Berlin Tour. The tour is excellent and really worth going to.
- Branderburger Tor
- Holocaust memorial
- Hitlers Bunker
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Berlin Wall
- The old Luftwaffe Building
- The Twin Cathedrals
- The place where the bookburning took place under the Nazi Regime
- Musem Island
- And much more!
Heading down into the city by foot to Alexanderplatz ,I met my first Travbuddy. Her name was Hanie/Darlingwish and we sat down in the only open place we could find , Dunkin' Donuts. Its not a classy place for meetings, but It had to do. Hanie is a very charming and cute person i would like to see again. We talked about practically nothing for about an hour or two before I had to leave to my couchsurfer host..
I took the New Berlin Sacshenhausen tour. It took around 5hours and where really worthwhile. Our guide, Desiree , was a very informative guide and it seemed like the entire group had a good time. I could have enjoyed more time in Sachsenhausen for getting some good pictures, but thats life when you are attending a tour.
Into the city again I went to the German Resistance Memorial Center. The Memorial and the museum is dedicated to German civilians and German Officers that resisted the Nazi's during the 1930's and the 1940's , all until the end of the war. If you are interested in history this museum is a true gem as its shows a side of history that many people haven't heard of. There are several rooms to dedication of Claus Schen Graf von Stauffenberg. and the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. It also list a big wall of all his associatesI then headed to Potsdamer Platz to take som pictures. Potsdamer platz was a buzzing part of Berlin before in the turn into the 20th century and it has also become a buzzing part of Berlin on the turn to the 21th century.
Today Potsdamer platz is one of the most modern places in Berlin with several skyscrapers and the amazing dome at the Sony Center. Potsdamer platz (Translated Potsdamer Square) is mainly a pedestrian area with street performers , stalls that sells tourist items , gluehwein , Bratwurst and so on. In wintertimes there is possibilities to use an ice skating rink and other activities.
This was my last day in Berlin , I went without any sleep and headed to Ostbanhoff where i catched the train to Prague. Sitting in the train station drinking beer and having a kebab and thinking about my plans in Prague