Destinations Europe

Flash-visits to Berlin and Potsdam

November 11, 2014

The recent 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall gives me a good opportunity to write about my trip to Germany’s capital. Berlin – I thought of depressing prefabricated apartment neighbourhoods and social disparities between poor and rich. But I found a very livable city with lots of parks, good shopping and a great restaurant/bar scene. Given the short amount of time I had, I joined a guided bicylce tour through the most interesting historic landmarks of the Cold War – I can highly recommend the team of Fat Tire Bike tours! The remnant of the Berlin Wall is now a gallery of some impressive art work, but sadly, “Checkpoint Charlie” – a former checkpoint between the American and Soviet sector – has been degraded to a commercialized tourist attraction. My second day was more chilled-out: Breakfast with view to the Brandenburger Gate and of course some Curry Sausage as a snack. But Berlin has so much more to offer and I could just get a glimpse of what might be behind its different faces. I hope to see more next time!

Berlin

Die Hackeschen Höfe A nice summer evening A cozy bar B10 Museumsinsel World time clock at Alexanderplatz East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall_21Cycling along the Wall Checkpoint Charlie Treptower Park TV Tower Berliner Dom

Siegessäule Berliner Currywurst Bundestag_22Brandenburger GatePotsdam

Two months later, a business trip took me to nearby Potsdam, a pretty little town surrounded by lots of lakes (perfect conditions for kayaking!) and a very cute neighborhood, the Dutch Quarter. Also Albert Einstein liked the tranquility of that place and built a house to work there during the summer months.

Einstein's summer residence Sansscouci Park Sanssouci Park2014-09-09 18.11

Dutch quarter Dutch quarter

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5 Comments

  • Reply maomau February 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Berlin, one of my favorite cities!!

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  • Reply equinoxio21 March 16, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    You have a good sense of colours. 🙂
    I like Berlin, though the weight of History crushes me a bit…
    Bye.

    • Reply sileas March 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Indeed, Berlin has a lot of negative history, but it’s such a great place to visit. Thank you 🙂

      • Reply equinoxio21 March 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        It is. And should serve as a reminder of human madness… We went there in mid july. They were celebrating France’s 14th of July on Unterden linden, right behind the Brandengurg Door, and I thought: “so many million deaths to get to this? Why not skip the wars and go straight to a peaceful celebration? 🙂

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