Berlin – Definitely a trip worth while!
OTA-Berlin Constituency Blog hereby reprint an English translation of an article which appeared in the Danish Business paper ‘Børsen’ 23rd April 2004 / Sektion: Weekend ; 3Side(r): 18 ; 19 / WEEKEND ; REJSER BY OSKAR LUND photo: Nana Reiner / BAM
Berlin is definitely worth the trip – even if you drive your own car to the German capital and even when airlines have pushed ticket prices to new lows.
From Aarhus it takes only 6 or 7 hours including lunch and pee breaks before you are in the heart of Berlin. The trip could even be done faster if we had not chosen to follow the route that we had printed from the Internet. It went very well with driving on the highway south of Hamburg and then turn east towards Berlin. But just before Berlin we got lost and things went wrong. It almost requires a background as a semi-professional orientation runs to navigate the four-five pages long itinerary.
We drove quite simply lost in the explanation, so we decided to bite the bullet and go back via the highway. And how hard could it be. We should just go straight to Alexanderplatz via Prentzlauer Allee, once right at Torstraße and once again right on Schönhauser Allee, so we were promoting. A good city map paired with a little common sense beats Internet. [ We would highly recomend ‚TomTom‘ or Garmin GPS system!]
A city like Berlin, with its 3.8 million. inhabitants offers obviously a wealth of accommodation options for every budget. And here is the Internet to turn a big help. We – two adults and an adolescent son – had chosen to rent an apartment at OTA-Berlin [Old Town Apartments Berlin GmbH - www.ota-berlin.de ] as one can get in touch with via e-mail address or email@example.com The address belongs to the company’s friendly, young assistant Boris, whose boss is an equally friendly Dutchman with football as his passion.
Three nights in a newly restored apartment of 40 sqm with own bathroom and kitchen and plenty of room for four people costs 285 Euros plus 11 Euros if you pay with an international credit card.
The car can be parked just outside the apartment, located in the Schönhauser Allee 5 in a nice property right in the old East Berlin – only a stone’s throw from Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz (U-Bahn station) and two skilled stone’s throw from the Alexander Platz and Berliner Fernsehturm, television tower, with its 368 meters is the second tallest tower in Europe and a famous landmark of the former GDR. The tower has views of both floor and restaurant. On weekends there can be queued.
The apartment has an excellent base for exploring the East and West Berlin, which from 1961 to 1989 was divided by a high concrete wall, Die Mauer.
Several places in Berlin you can still see remnants of the hated wall, partly Potzdamer Platz, in Bernauer Strasse or the East Side Gallery in Mühlenstraße.
Most simply by U-Bahn -Underground, Die U-Bahn, is probably the easiest way to get around in Berlin. A tredøgns partout cards to both subway, bus and tram cost 21 euros or 157 million, and then follows a discount card for a variety of sights. But not enough for the largest cultural attraction in Berlin at the moment. Up to 20 September is more than 200 of the most famous paintings and sculptures from New York’s legendary Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, the guest visit and exhibited in the Neue National Gallery near the Potzdamer Platz.
Line-ups for both ticket booth and main entrance to the museum is long – very long. But in return the experience is great and the ticket reasonable in price, ie 12 euros for adults and half that for students on weekends. Patience is rewarded with the sight to the world-famous works by artists such as Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, van Gogh, Monet, Chagall, Dali, Kandinsky, Munch and many more. Among the exhibited works are van Gogh’s “starry night” and Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’.
Museum at Checkpoint Charlie in Friedrichstrasse, which was the border crossing point between the American and Soviet sectors, is obviously well worth a visit. It tells the Wall grim story, really done with the suitcases, speakers, air balloons and cars that East Germans fled to the promised land in West Berlin.
If one continues from the Reichstag with the new glass dome and the Brandenburg Gate down Unter den Linden is the opportunity to strengthen themselves with a cup of coffee at a Starbucks Café and be impressed by the sight right across from the five-star luxury hotel Adlon, which provides a framework for the scandal, which last week cut the head of the German central bank, Ernst Welteke. Berlin is simply a cornucopia of cultural, historical and culinary offerings.
Saturday Berliners sitting on zinc disks in the small restaurants in the food department at the famous department store KaDeWe in Tauentzienstraße the Kurfürstendamm and eating oysters while sipping a glass of champagne or sect. KaDeWe has since 1907 been the largest department store in Europe. It has everything from haute couture to a full range of Ritter Sport, and if you like sausages, there are over 1000 different ones. And while mum power jumps, can father and son go to football at the Olympia Stadium (U-Bahn line U2) on Saturday afternoon and see Herta Berlin with Dane Dennis Cagara on the team fighting to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. Tickets can be purchased at the Nike store on the Kurfürstendamm. A good seat costs only 11 euros.
No one can reach all of Berlin in three nights. Fortunately. As there is an excuse to come again. And now we know the road.
Neue National Gallery
The museum at Checkpoint Charlie in Friedrichstrasse, who was crossing point between the U.S. and the Soviet sector, told the Wall grim story really done with the suitcases, speakers, air balloons and cars that East Germans fled to the promised land in West Berlin.
Reichstag with the new glass dome is worth a visit.
While the mother goes to power shopping at KaDeWe, Europe’s largest department store, the father and son go to football at Olympia Stadium on Saturday afternoon and see Herta Berlin with Dane Dennis Cagara on the team.
One of Berlin’s biggest attractions is currently a visiting exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, the New National Gallery near the Potzdamer Platz. The cows at the ticket office and entrance to the museum is long, but patience is rewarded within.
Facts about Berlin-
Berlin was in 1990 again the capital of Germany.
The city has 3.8 million. inhabitants and the total area is 883 sqm.
Berlin is divided into 23 districts and counts 150 theaters and three operas.
The division of Berlin began in 1945 after the end of World War II and was completely in 1961 with the construction of the Wall.
First ninth November 1989 Berliners were allowed to freely visit West Berlin, and it also meant the fall.
Kurfürstendamm “Ku’Damm” in the middle of West Berlin recalls the capitalist Unter den Linden, the cabarets and cafes of the 1920s drew to bohemians.
Today, the major international branded companies their huge signs hanging side by side on the rather anonymous building.
With regard to street numbers in Berlin, there are no odd and even pages. The numbers are consecutive and facing the end of the street.
‘Borsen’ home page in Danish – http://borsen.dk/nyheder.html
Swedes as well as Danes Love Berlin – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/tag/swedes-love-berlin/
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‘Danskerne elsker Berlin!’ – Danes Love Berlin – definitely worth a visit! Reprint from article in Danish paper ‘Børsen’ by Oskar Lund from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.