Berlin 2017

Berlin is a marvelous city. In June 2017 we visited the German capital for the fifth time (and made some new discoveries).

One of the highlights this year was our visit to the Botanical Garden. Within easy reach from the city center by metro (and a small walk), an ideal to come at ease after a (one hour only) flight! The entrance without the Berlin City Card is € 6, but it is worth every euro!

Since the weather was so good, we went to the Victoria Park in Kreuzberg, to have a beautiful view over the streets of Berlin beneath us.

On our second day we started early and went of the grid. We arrived at Teufelsberg (from the metro stop ‘Grunewald’ it’s about a half hour walk through the woods –  be aware of wild boars) a bit before opening time. It’s a strange place to be: build upon the rubble after the Second World War, to serve during  the Cold War as a listening station for the Americans.

Today you can visit the abandoned  site at €8 per person (that’s only since April …), but for this money you can walk around at a giant open air street art museum and get the best view ever over Berlin! It’s just amazing! (360 view) And fun to echo yourself in the biggest dome (360 view) on site J (see a docu about the site here)

Because we couldn’t get enough from heights, we went to the Funkturm to have another view over Teufelsberg (€5 per person).

Other sights well worth a look, and little visited are the Flak Tower Humboldthain (Gesundbrunnen metro stop) – though not the nicest view if you’re a lookout fan, the Rosa Parks House (the real one, the story on how it ended up in Berlin can be found here (updated september 2017 here), the Tempodrome (the roof!), Oberbraumbrücke for the sunset and the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium (just to have a look around).

We stayed at the (new) hotel Mercure Hotel Wittenbergplats (very centrally located within easy reach of the metro station, the main shopping streets and important sights), had the best dinner ever at Pappa E Ciccia (organic italian!, try the moelleux with vanilla ice, olive oil and sea salt(!), and we can only recommend Lauter Eis for the best ice cream in town (near the Botanical Garden, right at the train station).

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