Chronicle Lover? Amazing Berlin Awaits You Part2
Most Berliners believe that this is the most beautiful place in Germany and indeed in all countries in europe. Its best known for the architectural trio which are the German (Deutscher Dom), French Cathedral (Franzosischer Dom) and Concert Hall (Schinkel’s KonzertHaus) made this square the most magnificient and outstanding image that differs from all other places.
The French Cathedral (Franzosischer Dom) is built by a Frenchman and intended it to be a church for french protestants who had fled in Berlin way back 17th Century. on the other hand the Concert Hall was built as a theater to replace that National Theatre of Berlin.
Gendarmenmarkt as french origin “Gens d’arms” which was a Prussian regiment consisting of Hugeunots Soldiers which literally the name of the square was derived from.
It is now used for Berlins Christmas Market every year and season festivals.
Concert Hall (Schinkel’s KonzertHaus)
Check Point Charlie
Its name after the famous crossing point on Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. it became the symbol of Cold War, Soviet and Americans tanks briefly facing each other on this spot during the year of crisis.
Its located at the junction of Friedrichstrasse and Mauerstrasse, the name Charlie came from NATO phonetic alphabet, the other check points were called Alpha, Bravo, Wannsee, and from the Soviet part they called it simply Friedrichstrasse, and East Germans name it Charlie.
To enter the museum its gonna be 14,50 euros per person, open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm however to take a picture with this american soldier is 2 euros.
Great tips for those who want to walk less or getting the subway less for visiting tourist attractions.
You can get a Berlin Pass for 1 day depending of what kind of access you would like, for example the Berlin Bus Tour for 1 whole day it cost 19 euros/person and you can hop in and off within the day for 19 different locations.
Another great deal is the 3 days Berlin pass which cost 119 euros/person and you’ll have access to over 60 tours and museums including entrances fees of course.
Before the day ended I have gathered sufficient photos of this famous Wall that is found often in the middle of the city. In 1961 the Communist Government of the East Germany build a barbed wire and concrete “antifascist bulwark”.
The official purpose of the Berlin wall is to prevent Western fascists (the Soviet Union part) from entering the East Berlin and undermining the socialist state but it mainly serves as the objective of stemming mass defection from East to West.
Until November 9, 1989 the proclamation of East Government that people can cross the border freely. the berlin wall was destroyed little by little by the people themselves, some of its ruins are still standing on the streets even to this year, the most memorable and enduring symbol of Cold War.
On the next day, the weather was pretty well the sun is up and the sky is clear, its the best time to see the panorama view of the City.
Among all of the choices I’m actually torn between the two that I’ve initially chosen either the Fernsehturm or Panoramapunkt.
But I’ve remember that one friend of mine have posted some pics in Facebook recently with the panorama view from the Television Tower and honestly speaking I was a little disappointed cause it wasnt that good as I’ve expected.
So I have chosen the Panoramapunkt 360 degrees panorama view to see what it can offer.
At that day we walked 10-15 minutes from the hotel to Potsdamer Platz to look for the location of Panoramapunkt at the Kollhoff Tower.
We entered the building and I thought it was a hotel it was very elegant and it looks cozy, after went to the tour office to pay our entrance fee 7,50 euros/person.
Opening and closing hours are seasonal when it is summer it’s 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and winter 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Magnificent View
The moment we entered on the lift its says level 0 – 24th floor a 90 meter distance, the rapidity of the elevator was so incredible it took us less than 25 seconds.
20 seconds to be exact that was really quick like riding a roller coaster except that your head isn’t moving. its holding the title of the fastest elevator in Europe.
On the top you will see a marvellous view of the City, a great experience that you wont regret.
This is a café/restaurant found on the top, you can relax and drink or eat while being mesmerised by the magnificent view of Berlin.
Getting to Kollhoff Tower? If your hotel is far from the area you can eventually take bus or metro it’s situated just meters away from Potsdamer Platz.
After spending time meters above the city its time to stretch and walk a bit, while I was taking some pictures from the Panoramapunkt.
I’ve notice this thing a huge tent like that caught my eye it was actually the famous Sony Center, which is famous of its cinemas, IMAX theater and Legoland Discovery Center, the place is also filled with restaurants and shops.
I took a picture around the vicinity, it was huge and a lot of people. I caught this fountain flow in the middle of the area it was great to see how this center has been welcoming people around the world and even hollywood stars.
After resting a little we directly get ourselves back to the track where in we need to go to Reichstag Dome. arriving at the place a lot of surprises came to us to get an access to the Dome.
You actually need to present yourself at the counter area for inspection and presentation of your passport or ID. the entrance is free but you need to fill on the queue to get a scheduled visit or you can also visit their site to fill up the necessary information that you must give about yourself.
After waiting til our turn for about half an hour under the sun, finally we got our turn to be at the counter and got the scheduled visit in the afternoon and decided to continue to visit the rest of the tourists spots in Berlin.
Spree is a 400 kilometers river that flows through the Saxony, Brandenburg, and Berlin States of Germany.
The river is few walks away from the Cathedral and you can also take the 1 hour boat tour for 14,50 euros/person as for me I chose not to do it for this time maybe in my next visit.
As we all now Berlin is not just full of wonderful places to visit but also delicious comfort foods to savour, one of this is the Currywurst, I should not miss this one.
Germany is largely known for its sausages, currywurst is sliced sausages deep in tomato sauce with sprinkled curry powder. It’s actually the most loved street food in Berlin.
After a frustrated event from the Dome, I got to forget it with this super mouth-watering street food semi spicy sausages. plus its super cheap you don’t need to go to some chic restaurant to spend 50 euros for a meal.
St. Mary’s Church
For all the travels that I’ve done I never missed to visit a church or cathedral, this one is really special since it’s the oldest church in Berlin.
Made of granite and bricks that’s why when you take a look of the color of this church it’s very bright red color. Situated right after the tram passage and next to the square of Fernsehturm TV Tower.
Unfortunately this area is also under construction and the access to the outside part of the Church is impossible. so I decided to get a look inside the church.
Strangely I stumbled into this human like statues covered with ripped clothes, I felt scared and sad when I read the description saying that this is represents the jewish people victims from the war.
Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus)
Looking at this landmark of Berlin located at the Mitte district near Alexander Platz where the Mayor and the Senate of Berlin seated. getting out from the church an enormous Red/Orange color building can be found.
Its open on Mondays – Fridays 9:00 – 6:00 pm.
Fernsehturm (Television Tower)
The fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe next to Moscow, Kiev, and Riga’s tower is Berlin TV Tower, the tallest building in Germany with a 368 meters tall, 203 meters above the ground, the only TV Tower existing in Europe.
It has attracted huge number of tourists through the years with a record of 1 million visitors per year this Tower is a steel sphere form that has a restaurant installed on its 207th meters above the ground and a platform panorama view on 203 m.
Located near Alexander Platz you can easily access here via bus, train, or tram. there are different kinds of tariffs for to visit here, normally is from 15,50 up to 17,50 euros depending if you’ll choose to visit early in the morning or at night, and if you wish to eat at the sphere restaurant on the top it’ll be 23,50 euros/person with a guarantee of a window table or 17,50 depending on the availabilities of the tables.
At the moment where I was in entrance building of this Tower, I really wanted to go up and see the restaurants view.
I was more curious of how will it be at 207 meters away from the ground but rather due to limited time that day I contained myself and save it for my next visit.
One of the top visited places in Berlin is the Germany’s largest urban square, where you can find many sights and attractions in the city including the TV Tower, “Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft” (Fountain of Friendship amongst People) and the landmark World Time Clock.
It was named after the Russian Emperor who visited on 18th century Alexander I and became a traffic hub when a train station was built at that period and currently transformed into a modernized junction of transits and shopping area.
After visiting this place, I was totally exhausted after walking since morning until afternoon. for about 10 kilometers of my stomach was complaining and luckily KFC is not that far from the place, we took a break and get some energy and started to walk again until Reichstag Dome for our scheduled tour.
A famous glass dome that symbolizes the reunification of Germany, it is located at the top of Reichstag Building where german parliament is seated.
The main highlights of this place are its 360 degrees view of the cityscape and Tiergarden, and the dome and the mirror cylinder at the center. The glass dome reminds of the Flower Dome in Singapore which has the same form of jackfruit.
After a tiring day of walking it was almost 6:00 pm that we arrived at the expected place where the tour will formally start. the entrance to the building is pretty cool it was actually closed with a transparent door then automatically opened and we pass through and took an elevator to get to the top.
Happenings at the Dome
Right on the entrance hall of the topmost part of the building which is the terrace, there you can find an office where they’ll give you and audio device as a vocal guide information of the places that you will see during every step that you’ll take until arriving at the top part of the dome.
Furthermore you can choose whenever you want to start your tour, you’re the absolute master this tour. you can walk all over the place get to the open terrace part, take some pictures around and when you feel that you’re ready just go inside the dome and click the start button and follow the instructions.
Its super easy, step by step listening to the voice guide thoroughly you will learn more and more about the history of the city and at the same time you will see the beauty of the city from above, this is really a must spot to visit.
View of the city from Dome
After this great tour this time to pack the things and go home but before that I wanna say 4 days and 3 nights are not enough to totally visit every single corner of this City.
I would love to go back and continue discover some hidden treasures that it hides.
All I could say that this one is a mix emotion sentiments that I have felt from this experience. A twist of sadness and happiness about the story of the people’s struggles, their survival, and the unity of its country.
In regards with the City’s touristic spots to explore, there would be more than 60 sites to see it always depends on your preference, your willingness and surely your patience.
In terms of tour prices it’s true that you must pay every time you enter a site or museums except of those places that I’ve been where I haven’t paid anything. It is more likely better than Barcelona almost every corner to visit are with entrance fees on the other hand Berlin is innovated.
I salute the German Government for keeping their facilities available to those sites that are free entry its rare to find this kind of service.
If you looking to be thrifty while in this city bringing your own food will be perfect. however if you want to taste some of the food speciality you can definitely do that also with street foods and desserts will be considerably enough to fill your curiosity.
Parking in this City is expensive so if you’re travelling with car better get a hotel parking reservation to make sure not to pay excessively.
To keep from buying tickets of bus and train or metro you can always walk the distances, one or two stops are not that far from each other, in that way you can save and as well enjoy the weather and the surroundings.
Traffic in Berlin
Driving on the road to Berlin is a hard thing, you must be very wise in terms of the time cause from 7 am to 8 am the highways are filled with cars.
About our Hotel, I would say everything was flawless except of two things,
- First problem is the different schedules of their buffet breakfast in weekends and weekdays because of this I lost my breakfast opportunity and
- Second is the poor wi-fi connection, it was a complete deception no connection at all. When I ask the receptionist what can they do with this situation the person didn’t know what to say.
I’ll give a 3/5 for the Hotel.
Verdict : 8/10