Once the scene of a great deal of East-West Cold War tension (including the murder of a guard) you are now free to visit the memorial which stands in former West Berlin, right near the Brandenburg Gate. No longer guarded round the clock if your language skills are up to it you can even get [...]
After the bunker apartments, here’s another unique architectural concept . The idea of putting housing on top of a motorway has often been considered but Schlangenbader Strasse in Berlin is (so far) the only structure ever completed. More on this in a later post, but yes the motorway runs right through the place.
My views on the actors prancing around on the actual site of Checkpoint Charlie are not exactly news to regular followers of Grown-up Travel Guide. Fortunately the rest of the area around Kochstrasse/Zimmerstrasse has finally got the memorials and exhibitions it deserves – although you still have to zigzag around the fake souvenir stalls of [...]
It’s that time of year again…whether you call it Christmas, Xmas or (please not) “the holidays”, that time in December is rapidly approaching. This is also the time for Christmas markets, a phenomenon most often associated with Germany but which has now spread to many other countries. It’s also time for our annual series of [...]
Does anyone else find this kind of creepy? This fun fair has only been closed since 2001 but has already been reclaimed by nature. Not quite sure what happened to that dinosaur on the right though…if you’re wondering, it’s fenced off so this was as close as I could get.
Les dette – og alt om Berlin – på norsk! Besøk vår nettside Reis-Berlin.no Ah, summer in Berlin. After the biting winds and bitter cold of the winter and the short but welcome spring, the city is transformed and it’s time to get out and take advantage of the warm weather. There’s plenty of open spaces. [...]
Les dette – og alt om Berlin – på norsk! Besøk vår nettside Reis-Berlin.no Having lived and worked in Berlin for a couple of years right after the fall of the Wall and visited several times in the years since, I’ve had the chance to witness huge changes to the city which is now the German [...]
Say you’re a town planner. You need to build lots of apartments but in your prime area of choice there’s an enormous, above-ground WWII air-raid bunker which cannot be destroyed. What do you do? Well, if you’re a certain Berliner, you just build right over it. Mind-boggling…