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January 10th, 2007

Berlin recommendations? @ 08:39 pm

canadanne:
Has anyone here been to Berlin?  I'm going for a few days in March and would welcome any "must-see" tips (whether U2-related or not). My list already includes the Siegessäule (victory column), Zoo Station and Hansa Studios, among other things. Oh, and I do know about this site. :)
 
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From:wolfp10
Date:January 10th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I went to Berlin this summer. It is a nice city. Definitely check out Zoo Station, while I was there I played "Zoo Station" on my iPod. Very surreal moment :)

For history, try Checkpoint Charlie, where they still have part of the wall. Berlin has a lot of different neighborhoods, I stayed in the Mitte district, it was more casual and less tourist. There was also a neighborhood in the southern part of the city, I forget how I got there, but it seemed quite nice. The tiergarten is also very beautiful, it makes for a nice walk during the day.
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From:stateless
Date:January 10th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
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i have! the victory column is fantastic, make sure to pay the small fee (it was one mark or something when i was there, er, five and a half years ago) and climb all the way to the top. it's breathtaking.

my number one recommendation is the kaiser wilhelm gedaechtniskirche memorial church. thing. it was bombed to shit in WWII and is left standing, hollowed, and a fraction of what it used to be. have you seen wings of desire? the angel in the opening shot is standing on it. http://www.mindspring.com/~kiernan/pictures/berlin/church.gif

i also remember a memorial that's along unter den linden, across from the university, where-in the body of a jew and the body of a soldier were buried side by side. kind of amazing.
From:chroi_bhriste
Date:January 10th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
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right next to the gedächtniskirche and zoo station, there is one of the best record shops i know, called Cover.

also of course the brandenburger tor where you can still see parts of the wall on the ground - or if you want to see real parts of the wall go to potsdamer platz, parts are standing upright there.
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From:stateless
Date:January 10th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
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oh yes, the standing portion of the wall. that is surreal..
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From:tinamachina
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
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That's the East Gallery, correct? That's where they had all those murals painted on what's left of the Wall. I have a picture of it on my desktop currently.
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From:tinamachina
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
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You know what--there are other sections of the wall other than the East Gallery, so maybe Potsdammer Platz is somewhere else.
Anyway, Berlin Wall--worth checking out.
From:chroi_bhriste
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
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the east gallery is near the ostbahnhof ('east train station'). you leave the building and can't really fail to run into the wall. there are the murals you can see in the One video.
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From:tinamachina
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Berlin was amazing! I was just there this past October.

See the Reichstag at night (less of a line, and the view is really pretty from on top of the dome.)

Berlin Cathedral is gorgeous, and if you're not easily creeped out, check out the crypt. The Pergemon Museum is another must-see (named for the HUGE 1st century Greek altar and various ancient artifacts.)

Get a good glimpse of the old Palace of the Republic in East Berlin--because it's being torn down (environmental reasons.) It's just a 1960's office building that used to house East Germany's government.

Berlin is a very modern city, certainly very different then when Our Boys recorded parts of Achtung Baby. Many parts of it are still under construction, even near Brandenberg Gate.

And one more thing: Ampelmann! You'll see if you're in the eastern side...just cross the streets.
From:beautifulsoup
Date:January 11th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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Yes indeed! The three attractions you mentioned were the only U2-related things I visited... I'm also a big "Wings of Desire" fan, so I hit a lot of locations for the movie. I second everything everyone has already said, and I'll add that the museums are amazing (I think the Pergamon was my favorite). Check out the East Gallery (you'll recognize a lot of the artwork), and Kurfuerstendamme is a lot of fun at night. Berlin's a great city, you'll have lots of fun!

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