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Re: Off to Berlin: recommendations...?
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2019, 12:29:00 PM »
If you like impressive memorials then IMHO they don't get much better than the Soviet war memorial in Treptower Park - seriously impressive.

Another vote for going to the top of the Bundestag.

the Telecoms tower has great views, a good bar and a reasonable restaurant in which  to watch a 360' view of berlin! (with a good nosh!)

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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2019, 03:59:34 PM »

kids running and playing in the streets in bare feet as most could not afford shoes.

This is why I'm going... it feels like home when I was a child!

Thanks to all who suggested places to go. I've been to some of them before but will be going to most, if not all, of them again - notably Treptower Park, TV tower, Bundestag possibly, etc etc. I love my Eastern European stuff. Must be the hidden Marxist in me (hidden?). I'll be going to the technical museum for the first time which will be a highlight I'm sure and there are lots of suggestions which maty/will be taken up.

If I could resuggest places I went before, to myself and people who may be going, I'd also recommend to myself / them the Stasi museum, Topography of Terror, any bits of the wall that aren't touristified (there are /were some if you look hard enough), Gleinicke Bridge (the bridge of spies), the place where lots of WW2 executions took place (can't remember the name now but it was chilling), and so on.

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Re: Off to Berlin: recommendations...?
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2019, 04:01:15 PM »
"may" not "maty" obviously there. Without political prejudice in any way, despite my mention of Marxism.

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Re: Off to Berlin: recommendations...?
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2019, 10:55:36 AM »
the Stasi museum is great but creepy - they have a bugged tree - for monitoring clandestine meetings in forests!!

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Re: Off to Berlin: recommendations...?
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2019, 11:16:50 AM »
You do have to pre-book the Reischtag but it is well worth a visit.  The view from the top dome over Berlin is amazing.

Be careful, the Germans get a bit upset if you call it the Reichstag these days, I think it's now called the Bundestag  :hmmm: :hmmm:

No-one will get upset - the building is the Reichstag, seat of the Bundestag.

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Re: Off to Berlin: recommendations...?
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2019, 11:20:56 AM »
I remember going to Zeiss Jena in East Germany immediately after the reunification and going through East Berlin.

My abiding memory was seeing the kids running and playing in the streets in bare feet as most could not afford shoes.

I would be interested to see photographic evidence of that, as it does not match with my memories of East Berlin immediately after reunification. The place was poor by Western standards, but certainly not poverty-stricken.
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« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2019, 12:14:01 PM »
You always know when you are in (former) E Berlin - they kept all their trams!

Continuing my full-on Berlin pedant mode (well I spent all those years living there, might as well get some use out of them ;) ) a couple of lines have been extended into the former West (though the majority of the network is still in the East).
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