Drowning In Berlin

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Airport Station

Got through passport control, picked the bag up and headed out of the airport. The S-Bahn is signposted in the airport, but you have to go out and walk down a bit along a covered path. Not the greatest station to figure out which direction your meant to go, but we worked it out and after getting tickets from the automated machine we got a DB Bahn Regio train in the direction of Nauen.

Hotel we were staying at was just for one night. I had already booked the flights and then found out the the German Cup Final was being held in Berlin today and that evey hotel in the city and surrounding ara was booked up.

Getting Soaked At The Reichstag
I had eventually stumbled across one in Torstrasse late on Thursday night. Looked at a map and decided the best place to get off would be Friedrichstrasse. We walked up and found Torstrasse no problem. Problem was after walking the length of Torstrasse, and finding the address that was on the reservation, there was no sign of the hotel. The early start and the the pouring rain didn't improve the mood. Headed down to the Alexanderplatz, two stops back from where we had got off and searched for wifi to check on the hotel, to no avail. Ended up phoning home and and got it pinpointed on the map at the corner of Torstrasse and Prenzlauer Allee, not far from where we were. Even when we gopt there it wasn't blatanly obvious, as this is a new hotel and they hadn't even got round to putting the sign up.
Reichstag

Still some finishing work going on, but we got checked in, even got an upgrade in room, and it was pretty impressive. Decided to head out straight away and headed into town. My plan was to go to the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche . Got the S-Bahn from Alexanderplatz to the Hauptbanhof and as soon as we got off I realised WRONG. I was trying to do it from memory and when i'd done it 20 years before it was just outside the main station. Problem was I soon realised that the main station then had been the Berlin Zoologischer station, as that was the end of the line coming into West Berlin. The Hauptbanhof hadn't existed.

Still we were very close to the Reichstag, which was where I had intened ending up, so I decided we would just do it in reverse :D Walked over the brige and down past the Bundestag to the Reichstag.

Brandenburg Gate
Looked a lot better this time, as it was fairly shabby and run down last time I saw it and they were just starting to do it up. o fcourse now they have added the dome, and though we went past it every day for the four days we were there we never went up, as there was always a massive queue that never seemed to move.

From here we walked the two hundred meters to the Brandenburg Gate, which was covered in scaffolding last time. Also it had been very much isolated, standing on it's own at the end of Unter Der Linden, and was now surrounded by new buildings, so really this was the first time I got to see it properly. Headed along into the Tiergarten, somehow managing to miss the Soviet War Memorial there :O, but it was so cold and so wet that it didn't even register until later.

Memorial To Victims Of The Wall
Cut up and down a few paths and then got to the Siegessaule, but now it was all covered in scaffolding and even the column was draped in covers :(.  By now my daughter was soaked through to the skin and said she wasn't even feeling the rain any more :O . Every so often I would just burst into verses of the 80's song by The Mobiles ' Drowning In Berlin' :D  

Carried on walking towards the Kurfurstendamm, which had been the heart of West Berlin. If I was surprised by anything over the next few days it was how much the city had gravitated East. I had expected with it being established and already where the wealth was that the city centre would have still been slightly to the west. Wasn't that impressed with the Kurfurstendamm this time, but the church is still very striking.

Pond In The Tiergarten
The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche ruined tower is kept as an acknowledgement of German culpability during WWII. Inside the bombed out tower they have made a display in the vestry which records the history of the church. Nice mosaic ceiling in it as well. The new church surrounding it looks pretty non descript, and out of place, but when you go inside it is really quite nice, as it is made with a lot of glass bricks that give it a kind of blue and purple light streaming in.

In the place all round the Gedächtniskirche there were a lot of Werder Bremen fans drinking carry outs and eating food from the stalls about it, with a few Bayern munich fans floating about as well. Decided since it was near six to head back to the hotel and got on the S-Bahn at the Zoo and headed back to The Alex.

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche AKA The Hollow Tooth
Short walk back up to the hotel and I decided to see if I could find a supermarket to get a few beers and eats for the hotel, so my daughtetr went on ahead. Two guys in the lift were laughing in the lift and asked her if it was raining outside, which must have been pretty obvious since she looked like a drowned rat :D. Found a Netto store and grabbed some stuff and went back to the hotel. Daughter was tucked up in bed for a heat and was falling asleep after the early start, so I told her to grab some shut eye and I sat and watched the German Cup Final. Having been to Rangers games in both Munich and Bremen, I knew what the teams were like and thought I would support the underdog, but at the end of the day I just couldn't sympathise for a team playing in green and white ;).

Woke daughter at half time, so that she would be compus mentus and ready to go out when the football finished, and so we went out to get something to eat when the game finished. Headed back along Torstrasse and found a great little Italian restaurant just off it. Great service and great food and we sat for a while before heading back to the hotel and decking it about midnight.    

AshleyShrson says:
Enjoy the places Berlin has to offer you
Posted on: Jun 08, 2013
AshleyShrson says:
Enjoy the places Berlin has to offer you
Posted on: Jun 08, 2013
Inquisitive says:
I also chose not to join that horrible line to the Reichstag, both times I was in Berlin :) Funny that you missed the Soviet War Memorial - it's so huge! Why didn't you bring umbrellas?
Posted on: Jul 15, 2010
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Airport Station
Airport Station
Getting Soaked At The Reichstag
Getting Soaked At The Reichstag
Reichstag
Reichstag
Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
Memorial To Victims Of The Wall
Memorial To Victims Of The Wall
Pond In The Tiergarten
Pond In The Tiergarten
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche A…
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche …
Soho House Hotel
Soho House Hotel
Way Down To Alexanderplatz
Way Down To Alexanderplatz
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Bundestag
Bundestag
In Front Of The Reichstag
In Front Of The Reichstag
Old Tour Bus
Old Tour Bus
Anti Wind Turbine Demo At The Gate
Anti Wind Turbine Demo At The Gate
Shouty Statue
Shouty Statue
Trabant
Trabant
In The Tiergarten
In The Tiergarten
Satue In Lutssowplatz
Satue In Lutssowplatz
Strange Statue In Lutssowplatz
Strange Statue In Lutssowplatz
Zoo Enterance
Zoo Enterance
Mosaic in Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtn…
Mosaic in Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächt…
Ceiling In The Kaiser Wilhelm Ged…
Ceiling In The Kaiser Wilhelm Ged…
Inside The New Church
Inside The New Church
Glass Brick
Glass Brick
Outide Of The New Church
Outide Of The New Church
Outside Hotel
Outside Hotel
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