Image (c) 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin To kick off this review we better start with the name thing. Of course I can’t possibly know what images pop into your head when you read ‘Hotel Bikini’ but it’s probably not the renovated office block you see here. Berliners seem to love giving buildings nicknames – read […]
A beautiful, but bitterly cold morning in the German capital. The Reichstag as seen from Marschallbrücke
Image (c) Westin Grand, Berlin As a former resident of and frequent traveller to Berlin I have visited and stayed in a number of hotels in the German capital over the years. Regular readers will be aware of my interest in the Cold War era and feelings about ‘Østalgie’ – and will probably not be […]
I know it may seem hard to believe and that being in denial is actually a sensible option, but Christmas is a-coming. Blimey, where did that year go? Quite. Just as predictably, we will again be publishing our annual guide to the best of the Christmas markets and I think we can be forgiven for […]
Les dette – og alt om Berlin – på norsk! Besøk vår nettside Reis-Berlin.no As regular readers will be aware of by now, there are plenty of things to do in Berlin, whether the sun is out or it’s dull and you fancy visiting some of its many peculiar shops. But there are also a number […]
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 […]