BERLIN – BEYOND THE CHAMPIONS
BERLIN, BEYOND THE CHAMPIONS
Berlin, is a city that crosses the border of being the capital of a country to become one of those world capitals like London or New York, among others. In this post we will see some of the many options offered in the German capital, starting from its huge history and ending with great dances and beer.
The Memorial Site of the Berlin Wall
It is the best place to learn deeply all about the Berlin Wall and the division of Germany and it is located in BernauerStrasse, north downtown.
The information center displays videos on the construction of the wall, and there is a watchtower overlooking a short stretch of wall that has been restored as the original: a striking image.
There are only two of the 13 municipal markets in Berlin. Of these, the charming market “Number 9” of Kreuzberg, 1891, is back and full of activity thanks to a lively weekly market of agricultural products, a great place to buy fresh local productes.
In Puecklerstrasse output, the famous WeltrestaurantMarkthalle is a lovely place to enjoy a schnitzel, or to have a beer on the terrace.
Three scenic spots
Berlin is a relatively flat city, so there are few places from where you can enjoy this other way to “see the city”.
The Panoramapunkt at the top of the brick tower Kollhoff (in Potsdamer Platz). It is one of the favorite vantage points in the city center. With the fastest elevator in Europe a hundred meters to enjoy the view of Berlin’s center.
On the south, the monument at the top of the hill Kreuzberg Viktoriapark, is the highest natural point in Berlin.Where you can buy some beer and stroll through the romantic waterfall during a beautiful sunset.
Finally, in the district of Neukoelln, you can find the Klunkerkranich-the so-called new “cultural roof garden”, located on top of a mall-parking. A “musical” environment with bar, DJs, live music and parties and fabulous views of Berlin.
In any world city ruins would be just that: ruins. In Berlin, both photographers and artists, graffiti or curious people are attracted by many abandoned places in Berlin, and plan “urban exploration·; indeed there are web pages dedicated to it.
In the district of Treptow (in the southeast of the city), the former amusement park Spreepark is one of the most spectacular examples.
The wheel and many attractions are slowly being swallowed by the forest, and can be visited on a tour. In Teufelsberg hill you can visit what was the old post spying for the CIA and a little further, you can take a look at the Olympic Village, the Beelitz Heilstätten hospital, or several Nazi or Soviet military zones.