Berlin 2011

Any person with an interest in 20th century history will absolutely fall in love with Berlin. The city was at the centre of some of the most influential events of the past century, and has risen from the devastation of the Second World War. During my five-day visit to the German capital I had a chance to visit some of Berlin’s most iconic sites: in the centre of the former East Berlin I visited Alexanderplatz which is adjoined by Berlin’s TV Tower and the Red City Hall. The Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island were also on the list as well as the Brandenburg Gate.

Short excursions from downtown took me into the formerly independent town of Spandau, and not far away, I visited the Berlin Olympic Stadium that was opened for the 1936 Olympics. I made a stop in Nikolaiviertel, the city’s oldest quarter, and explored the Hackesche Höfe, a series of courtyard tenement buildings that are an outstanding example of early 20th century architecture. I also visited the Holocaust Museum, the Topography of Terror and the GDR Museum.

Berlin has been a dream destination for me for a long time. I only had a chance to visit Berlin once, for one day, in August of 1989, indeed three months before the wall came… Read more.

Back on land after my initial Spree River boat tour, I headed off on foot across the Karl-Liebknecht Strasse past the historic 13th century Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church) into the Nikolaiviertel, the oldest part of… Read more.

My second day in Berlin, April 30, 2011, started with brilliant sunshine. I took the S-Bahn from the Lichtenberg district and arrived within less than 20 minutes downtown at Alexanderplatz. This large public square is… Read more.

Now that I had a great overview of Berlin’s most important sights, I decided to head a bit farther afield and explore one of Berlin’s outlying areas: Spandau, formerly an independent town, is Berlin’s westernmost… Read more.

Regardless of what city I am in, I always try to go on a bicycle tour to get to know some of the main sights and some less well-known hidden-away places that are not listed… Read more.

More so than many other cities, Berlin is marked by its history, particularly its turbulent 20th century history. Berlin was at the heart of so many critical events of the last century – from the… Read more.

May 2, 2011 started as a rather rainy and cool affair in Berlin. I hopped back on the S-Bahn and went from East Berlin’s Lichtenberg district to the former heart of West Berlin: the Kurfürstendamm… Read more.

May 3, 2011 – my final day in Berlin – had another real highlight in store for me: a guided bicycle tour with Judy Anderssen from Berlin on Bike. Judy is one of the many… Read more.