And so, time in Berlin has come to a close (for now). What a wonderful time in a city that I fell in love with in 2010.
Such youthful spirit in this city! So much positive energy everywhere. People like to have fun!
Last time I was in Berlin in 2010, I had the chance to walk around and discover a few of the main city sites, and to get the general vibe. Perhaps, there was more time spent at techno clubs like Berghain for perpetual hours. 5 days did not last long.
Fortunately, this time there was way more time to explore what this city really has to offer. So many fun villages in a big city full of good restaurants and bars. As it turned out, we didn’t cook much in Berlin. With all the neighbourhoods, there are some similarities to the city I have lived in the last 7 years, but of course it has its own personality. What I like the most about Berlin is that it is way less conservative and rule ridden compared to Toronto, which is wonderful! Berlin has more of a focus on music, the arts, leisure, and less so on money and banks.
In Berlin, drinking in parks isn’t a public issue it is accepted and commonplace. Everyone just does it in a civilized fashion and enjoys summertime. No hosers, no complaints.
The Fernsehturm television tower in Berlin built by the GDR administration. Fun fact – the sun casts a cross shape on the ball which conflicts with Communism rule. Here it is looking dark and ominous at night.
Since being in Germany for 40 plus days I can’t help but appreciate good car design in particular Mercedes from the 60’s-80’s era. This was on the front hood of an old 200 D sedan with small wing tips in the rear. Reflection of Prenzlauer Berg apartments the hood we were staying in.
It was hot and sunny the whole time we were in Berlin. So we ended up working all day and getting out at night most often. One night we booked an appointment to check out the Reichstag dome upon sunset, but first we veered by Brandenburg Gate.
There is quite a bit of security involved to getting inside the Reichstag.
Up at the top…
And outside on another day.
And on that day we walked on through Tiergarten from this end to the opposite end where we found a beer garden beside a lake. In between we stumbled across the Berlin Victory Column.
And after a 7km walk, we were ready for pizza and drinks at Café am Neuen See Biergarten.
What else can you do when you have been walking a lot? Find a staircase.
This time I also wanted to make a point of going inside the Berlin Dom. We timed it right after a visit to the Pergamon museum. When walked in the organ was tuning up to play for a short service which we enjoyed. The Dom offers a good view of the city as well since you may walk around the circumference. The route to the top is a bit confusing, but you just have to keep on going and you will find the fresh air.
Berlin of course is where WWII ended, and there are a few traces of the fighting that went on. Here is some evidence in the canal near a bridge that had been bombed. At times I am overwhelmed with intense thoughts, you can’t help but think of what it was like during those dark days as you walk around the city.
What do you do when it is super hot out? Slap on a hat!
Back at the apartment…in work mode (glasses on) thinking about what next to do with our growing business.
Caro with her favourite white flower.
Some cycling action in our hood.
Cycling with dog up front in basket.
A Berlin bear.
So many photos to choose from…I think I will have to add another post for time in Berlin!