5 nights in Berlin - Alexanderplatz

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Fernsechturm (TV Tower)
I decided at 8:30am, I better get out of bed and head down to reception to check-in. The Fräulein at reception was very attractive, and comparable to Diane Kruger.
She asked me if I had any problems getting into the property last night, I responded, the instructions left were very clear. She then continued informing me, about gaining access to the internet, and I interrupted her, saying I don’t have a laptop with me, and showed me where I can gain access to the internet from a very old Apple iMac, which was located behind her. I asked her about Supermarkets, to which she replied, they are closed on Sundays. So my breakfast that morning consisted of a hot chocolate down the road in Bread & Coffee.

My morning route took me down passing Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz U-Bahn station, crossing Karl-Liebknecht-Straße into Alexanderplatz, as my first stop was the Fernsehturm - The Television Tower.
Berlin Tram
I chose to buy my ticket from the self-ticket machine, which happens to be all in German, and no option to change the language - no problem I solder on. I confirmed 1 ticket and entered my debit card as instructed by the on screen picture, and typed in my pin number, then got confused when nothing happened. I finally look down, after a heard a faint noise, and there were my tickets in the tray below. I noticed two tickets, and thought bugger, I brought two tickets. Only to note that one was a receipt. When I looked behind me, there was a long queue, tickets in hand I left quickly.

I walked up the stairs to the queue for the lift, and there is an indicator board on the wall informing you, when your ticket number in green, you will be called forward to enter through the turnstile followed by one of the two lifts.
Alexanderplatz U-Bahn
My ticket number had a 30-minute wait.

The lift to the observation platform only takes 40 seconds and holds about 8 people. On a clear day, the visibility can reach 25 miles. Walking around the observation platform, gives you an excellent idea the scale of Berlin.

After exiting the Fernsechturm, I walked around the surrounding area of Alexanderplatz. I came across a photograph and film exhibition, taken during the fall of the Berlin wall. I pass the Weltzeituhr (World Clock) was which erected in 1969, which has a simplified model of the solar system, which revolves once a minute.

The Fountain of Friendship Between Nations was also erected in 1969, which Berlins citizens gave it the funny nickname "Bitch Brooch".
The Fountain of Friendship Between Nations


Around the other side of the Fernsechturm, are water fountains that change shape and power every few minutes. I sat down on one of the benches and enjoyed the warm sun on my face, joining locals and tourists on a quiet lazy Sunday afternoon. After about 20 minutes, my eyes were starting to close, so I decided to search for the Segway City Tours shop, which I came across on TripAdvisor, as being the Number 1 tour in Berlin. I walked in and booked a place for 2 days time.

On my walk back to my apartment, I passed Belushi's, a bar next door to a hostel and looked at the bar menu. I will come back later this evening for something to eat.
I spent the following few hours back at my apartment writing this blog.

Around 8pm, I walked back to Belushi's with pen and paper and my Berlin guidebook under my arm.
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film Exhibition
I ordered Chicken, Fries and Salad and a Bulmers cider, as I continued to write my blog.

The light was fading, and I can’t see what I am writing, so I watch an American Football game on TV as I finished my cider.

I started chatting to guy, who was also writing up his notes, and who was staying in the hostel next door. He introduced himself as Daniel, and said he’s from São Paulo, Brazil, but he was currently studying in London.

We both swapped Berlin tips, and talked a bit about São Paulo, and his wish to visit the Louvre in Paris.

I told him I was planning to do an experiment, which I read about in The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel, the alternative way to explore a new city, called 'Ariadne Thread’.
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Fernsechturm (TV Tower)
Fernsechturm (TV Tower)
Berlin Tram
Berlin Tram
Alexanderplatz U-Bahn
Alexanderplatz U-Bahn
The Fountain of Friendship Between…
The Fountain of Friendship Betwee…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film Ex…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film E…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film Ex…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film E…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film Ex…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film E…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film Ex…
Berlin Wall Photograph and Film E…
Street Signs
Street Signs
Signs
Signs
Graffiti
Graffiti
Graffiti
Graffiti
Weltzeituhr (World Clock)
Weltzeituhr (World Clock)
Weltzeituhr (World Clock)
Weltzeituhr (World Clock)
Bahnhof Alexanderplatz
Bahnhof Alexanderplatz
The Marienkirche (St. Marys Churc…
The Marienkirche (St. Mary's Chur…
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
Fountains
Fountains
Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain)
Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain)
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
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photo by: CFD