Thursday, July 24, 2014

Random Berlin


Our flight route from Amsterdam to Berlin passed over these rich patchworked fields.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The restaurant on the top floor of the department store, Peek and Cloppenburg, not only serves a selection of entreés prepared on the spot, it also has one of the best views of what remains of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church after World War II and the modern steeple beside it. Peek and Cloppenburg is on KÜrfurstendamm. The Memorial Church is under renovation hence the white structure surrounding it.

Berlin Wall

This fragment of the Berlin Wall says it all. The dates 61 refers to the year the wall went up and 89 when the wall started to crumble. At the bottom of this fragment are two hearts representing East and West and the words "l'amour tousjours" or love always. 

"All free men, wherever they may live are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!'." -- John F. Kennedy


Sony Center

The amazing roof of the Sony Center spans an area of 5,250 sq. meters and is made of steel, glass and self cleaning teflon coated fabric. This umbrella like dome covers a number of restaurants, shops, offices and condominiums. It is a gathering place. The Sony Center is on Potsdammer Platz.

Dali Museum

Salvador Dali never fails to amuse and challenge our imagination. There are 400 of his works at this museum, more than enough to while away a rainy afternoon and be thoroughly entranced by this artist! The piano fountain on a pool of water in the lobby alludes to Dali's "Fountain Flowing from a Grand Piano" where a tree is seen growing on top of it. The Dali Museum is on Leipziger Platz 7 and may be reached by taking subway S1/S2/S25 to Potsdammer Platz and is open Monday through Saturday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance fee applies. Please check www.daliberlin.de.

King Amenemhet III - 1840-1800 BC

The Egyptian Museum on Museum Island has an incredible collection of Egyptian artifacts including the bust of Queen Nefertiti from 1340 BC. She is surely the main draw. Taking pictures of Nefertiti's bust is not allowed. 

Where to stay:


I stayed at the Amedia Hotel which is on KurfÜrstendamm in the center of Berlin yet far enough away from the bustle. It's spacious and clean and a short walk to the Ubahn on Uhlandstrasse and bus stop for buses going to the train station (and from there to the airport). There's also a supermarket nearby. The room price is quite reasonable. I booked the hotel through Expedia.

Amedia Hotel
KurfÜrstendamm 203, Berlin (Charlottenberg)
http://amediahotels.com/english/Hotels/Berlin.html
www.expedia.com

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Images by Travel with Charie


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