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TIME IN BERLIN - BEFORE OR AFTER WGT
So you have time to spare before or after WGT and you want to spend some time in Berlin...
Here you will find a few answers, but hey this is a site for WGT and Leipzig so this page is only brief, and I am sure you can find more
- Where to stay
- Sightseeing, the essentials
- Goth shops in Berlin
- Other Goth places to visit
- Getting Around
info out there in googleland that can help you.
WHERE TO STAY - HOTEL LOCATIONS
So if you have come to Berlin to do some sightseeing then you really want to be close to the centre of the city. The main sightseeing
street is 'Unter Der Liden' so any hotel close to this street should be fine, personally I prefer hotels down Friedrich Strasse and the
surrounding area (that is relatively close to Unter Der Liden) close to Checkpoint Charlie. I can recommend the Angleterre Hotel, a very
good four star hotel where the staff are friendly and the rooms are very good. The Hilton is also very good although a little more
If you are going to K17 then I recommend that you stay over to the East of Berlin, that way you have less distance to stagger when you
emerge (as there do not seem to be many taxis in the K17 area). I can recommend Tulip Inn Berlin Frankfurter Tor.
SIGHTSEEING, THE ESSENTIALS - WHAT NOT TO MISS
Where do you start, you could spend a week in Berlin and not see everything. However if you have one day, you want to see the
Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, the Berliner Dom, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Memorial to
murdered Jews and Unter Der Linden (you can also view the location of Hitlers bunker that is very near). Below there is a short tour of
Berlin that should take no longer than an hour and half to walk, although if you have more time then there are plenty of places to stop off
and take in the culture and ambience of Berlin.
The short tour starts in East Berlin at Alexanderplatz (see how to get around below to get you there).
If you visit Berlin for the first time and don't have much time to spend on the countless sightseeings, museums and tourist attractions,
you will have to concentrate on the city's main impressions. The following page will guide you through the most important ways to
The best place to begin is in the historical centre of the city, in Mitte, whose fully restored architecture gives you some idea of the
Prussian splendour of bygone days. They stand in stark contrast to the building style of the period when the country was divided and
this part of town was under East German rule. Alexanderplatz was made famous through Alfred Döblin's novel of the same name and is
dominated by the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Berlin's tallest building (take a trip to the top by elevator) The spectacular panoramic
windows offers a breathtaking view out over the whole city. Below is the tiny Marienkirche (Church) that looks a bit lost among the many
modern buildings at Alexanderplatz, but its "dance of death" fresco is well worth a closer look.
From Alexanderplatz you can walk down Karl-Liebknecht-Straße to Unter den Linden, the magnificent boulevard featuring numerous
well-known buildings of architectural interest. On the right you soon come to the impressive Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), the court
church of the Hohenzollern Dynasty. The Lustgarten (Pleasure Garden), now restored according to the original plans, offers an
opportunity for a pleasant stroll and not only for museum visitors heading towards the Museumsinsel (Museum's Island) with its
imposing museums whose collections are easily on a par with those in other cities of the world.
Returning to Unter den Linden we cross the Schlossbrücke (Palace Bridge) which was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and is once
again resplendent with its once lost statues. To your right is the Zeughaus (Old Armoury) which is currently undergoing extensive repair
work. The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), that presents an exhibition about German history, was
opened in 2006. Next to the Zeughaus stands the Neue Wache (New Guardhouse), the official memorial of the Federal Republic of
Germany. To the rear of the small chestnut wood lies the Maxim-Gorki-Theater, which was built in 1827 for the Singakademie (Academy
of Singing). The next building is home to Berlin's oldest university, the Humboldt-Universität, built between 1748-66. Standing in the
middle of Unter den Linden at a level with Universitätsstraße is the monumental equestrian statue by Christian Daniel Rauch depicting
Friedrich II on his favourite horse Condé.
The Staatsoper (State Opera House) is located on the other side of Unter den Linden. This was the first building constructed as part of
the 'Forum Fridericianum'. In the centre of the Bebelplatz square is a memorial set into the ground commemorating the Nazi "book-
burning" of 1933 that is eerie and worth a little bit of research to fully understand what you are looking at. At the southern end of the
same square you will find Hedwigs-Kathedrale (St. Hedwig's Cathedral) with its unconventionally shaped dome. To its right stands the
Alte Bibliothek (Old Royal Library), known locally as the 'chest of drawers' because of its crescent-shaped frontage. It is well worth
making a short detour to the Gendarmenmarkt, which with its ensemble of Konzerthaus (Concert Hall), Deutscher Dom and
Französischer Dom (German Cathedral and French Cathedral), is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The new architectural
face of Berlin is well in evidence in the nearby Friedrichstraße (at the top of this road you will find a Bugatti showroom that normally
displays a Bugatti Veron, that puts the Bentleys, and Rolls Royces to shame in the neighbouring showroom) – elegant stores and
shopping malls like 'Galeries Lafayette', 'Quartier 205' and 'Quartier 206'. Here you will also find the most famous of all memorials to
the division of Germany The Berlin Wall and the Checkpoint Charlie border-crossing point – recalling one of the more tragic periods of
Pariser Platz lies at the western end of Unter den Linden, a grand 1.5 km long and 60 m wide boulevard. A series of imposing
corporate, commercial and embassy buildings are strung along this most famous of the city's thoroughfares. Just off to the right of
Pariser Platz you can see the legendary Hotel Adlon (where Michael Jackson held out his son from the window for the waiting press)
and the Russian Embassy, an icing-cake style building constructed during the Stalin Era of the 50s. A few yards further on, at the corner
of Behrenstraße, stands the Komische Oper, one of the three Berlin opera houses, this one presenting German language versions of
opera and operetta. Pariser Platz is of course the location of Berlin's most prestigious landmark, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg
Gate), a symbol of the division and reunification of the city of Berlin. In the south wing the Berlin infostore offers more detailed
information. Situated on the former border between East and West Berlin, it provides the most moving reminder of the city's recent
history. Not far away is the Reichstag, another notable landmark of historic dimensions. Looking out over the roof garden or through the
glass dome you can enjoy a unique view of the inner city and at the same time feel right at the centre of German politics.
Tip: Allow plenty of time for the queues waiting to visit to the dome – entrance is free.
On your way to Potsdamer Platz you pass the The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the central place for remembrance and a
place of warning. The impressive Field of Stelae by Peter Eisenman, the internationally renowned New York architect, was opened in
2005, even is high summer this place feels chilling.
Potsdamer Platz has also undergone complete reconstruction. The glass facaded Sony Center, the debis headquarters and the
Kollhoff-Hochhaus combine to form part of the new hub of the city, a synthesis of contemporary architecture and urban lifestyle. In the
newly-designed Kulturforum (Cultural Forum) just round the corner from Potsdamer Platz the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) houses
a collection of old masters to wonder at. Back at Potsdamer Platz we can take a walk through the Tiergarten park, Berlin's 'green heart'
and arrive in the western centre of the city. On the way there we pass by the Siegessäule (Victory Column) on whose summit 'Golden
Victoria', an angel- like figure, seems to float over the city.
Thank you to the Berlin Tourist Board for some of the info above
There are numerous (English speaking) walking tours of Berlin that are well worth joining, they are normally very cheap and cover a lot
of ground (including much of the detail above). They start at Aleanderplatz and Zoo Station, depending on the tour company.
OTHER THINGS TO DO - SHOULD YOU HAVE MORE TIME
The Tiergarten is a great place to wander if you have the time, the vast park in the middle of Berlin is full of monuments and statues in
the middle of the roundabout in the middle of the park you will also find the golden Victory Column (Designed by Heinrich Strack after
1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-
Prussian War (1870–71). The column is open daily and well worth a visit.
Berlin Zoo is also wonderful, although a little dated by todays safari parks. The Berlin Zoological Garden (German: Zoologischer Garten
Berlin) is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it covers 84 acres and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten (south
west corner). The Zoo hash almost 1,500 different species and around 16,000 animals that has around 3 million visitors per year. It is
considered to be the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. Globally known animals like Knut, the polar
bear, and Bao Bao, the Giant Panda it is a wonderful location and a great way to spend a few hours.
GOTH SHOPS IN BERLIN - WELL WORTH VISITING
Out of Line: The Out of Line shop has moved (from once being around the corner from XtraX to the East Side of Berlin). If you want to buy
something from the shop with your Credit Card you will also need your passport, which they will photocopy and keep on record for future
visits), this seems to be a quite standard for German stores. Out of Line have stall at WGT at the Agra shopping halle. (Out of Line shop
XtraX: The XtraX shop (now EMP) is located to the north of Berlin, and is quite easy to get too. There are actually two shops next door to
each other, one selling the normal goth stuff, the other selling more gothabilly stuff, both rather mainstream and both rather expensive.
EMP also have a shop in Leipzig and a stall at WGT at the Agra shopping halle. The shop is still worth a visit, you may just find
something that is original.
||Schönhauser Allee 48, 10437 Berlin
Mo.-Fr. noon - 8 pm
Sa. 11 am - 6 pm
Tel. +49 (0)30-44 02 43 66,
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OTHER GOTH PLACES TO VISIT - WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?
The Last Cathedral
GETTING AROUND - WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD OF TRAVEL?