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the classics in Berlin

Im not sure what the classic tourist places really are nowadays, it is not the 70s anymore when all tourists traveled to the same remote location to get red like a tomato and occasionally went on a guided tour to the city centre. The tourist buses still exist and frankly a bit tempting. I can see myself sitting there on the top with my sunglasses with a bit to much sunblock on the noose, just going round and around all day. We didn’t go in these buses but anyway, took the tour around on foot on what I guess is some of the classics in Berlin.

(Due to the vast amount of photos an entire photo post will be dedicated to the Berlin Wall and East Side gallery.)

        

> Crossing the boarder at Check point Charlie 

Martin and I were aiming at getting to Potzdamer platz but ended up close to checkpoint charlie so thats where we started our classics walk. We jumped of the subway by Kochstrasse and walked from there to the checkpoint, a two minutes walk. Looking around the place I saw more tourists than normal people assuring me that I was in the right place. In the middle of the road, a still existing and used road, checkpoint charlie rises its two meters over ground, ”guarded” by an american looking person in army uniform from the late sixties or something. Around the checkpoint you can buy your own military souvenirs or whatever I love Berlin garment you are interested in. We didn’t buy any or even tried on. But I shot a photo of the guy at least, giving you some tourists for free in the picture.
> Walking to Typography of Terror

from checkpoint charlie we walked down Niederkirchnerstrasse. Here you can look at a little bit of the Berlin wall and read about different aspects of the war and pre war terror acts as the prosecution of the jewish people, social outsiders and homosexuals, to give some examples but also about the people who tried to protect the different groups and people.

Going here it is important to bring at least a sun hat, martin and I felt like we stepped into a desert.

      

> Feeling hot at Potzdamer Platz

Poring, we managed to drag ourself up Stresemannstrasse to Potzdamer Platz, Martin cursing not choosing to wear shorts. You know when you arrived, seeing the not so modest skyscrapers with mirror facades. 
> Hollowcaust memorial 
A little further up the street of Eberstrasse you find the Holocaust memorial. At first not sure what I felt, sad? confused? No still not sure, but letting history sink in I must say that I am pissed, how could we ever have let this happened? Walking around the memorial Martin and I discussed this and even though we know that it is easy to brainwash people (if you doubt me, check out the movie ”the wave” and then we can discuss this) I feel pissed that we just stood beside and did nothing, same thing with Rawanda or with todays Syria. My conclusion is, traveling is important, it gives you a deeper perspective and the possibility to be informed of your choices in the future.

                  

> Bundestag, Brandenburger Tor and Unter den Linden

Continuing up the street passing Pariser platz, you arrive at the Bundestag. With 200 tourists and one protester against the EU we soon continued towards Brandenburger Tor and east in the street Unter den Linden. 

If you have not seen enough tourists on the other sites (Holocaust memorial had around 10 school classes) Brandenburger Tor is the place to stake out. From here you can do all sorts of touristy stuff as buying a wurst or taking a ride with a horse and carriage. We continued our journey towards the Berliner Dome.

> Berliner Dome

Watch out for the stairs, there are many, but the price? A 360 degree view of Berlin from a perfect hight. 

The Berliner Dome holds many treasures, among these a catacomb full of old coffins. A bit morbid but interesting. For 7 euros they let me see the church and for the student boyfriend, it was 5 euros. Nowadays though, the churches feel more like a souvenir shop than a place for mindfulness and faith. 

                            

> Eating and shopping shoes at Alexander Platz

Between the Berliner Dome and Alexander Platz we found a street that held many restaurants. Martin had his second currywurst here and I had a shrimp salad. Must say though that the food never did impress me- the best food I had I had at Vapiano on the central station when arriving in Berlin. And, Vapiano is a chain/concept restaurant. But we did get luckier the same evening.

Walking over Alexander Platz Martin felt the need for a pair of shoes for the Wednesday evening plans, dinner at the Pauly Saal restaurant on August Strasse 11-13 close to Oranienburger Tor. Lucky us we managed to walk straight to a shoe store where Martin found this cute little Toms shoes for the summer guy. 

> Wishing you were a street artist at the Berlin Wall – East Side Gallery

From Alexanderplatz we took the S train to the Warschauer strasse and walked the entire East Side gallery. A long stretch of the Berlin wall seen from the east covered with street art. This is the modern and hipster Berlin where you used to find the urban Berliners, the cool kids and the artists. Today most likely not here anymore, since when the tourist arrive, the ”true Berliners” find another place to be. 
            

Katarina

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  • Train/bus/subway tickets are bought in the train stations either at a shop or a ticket machine by the tracks. 2,70 euro costed a single ticket and took us within the zones AB which basically covers Berlin, at least the central part. We lived around 15 minutes from the city centre with subway and these tickets covered that. Keep the tickets close, they check them all the time, which costed Martin 40 euros after loosing his ticket and then being checked. 
  • Food is cheaper than in Sweden, an average meal costed around 30% less, at least. A one star michelin restaurant meal costed 199 euros for both of us and that is very price worthy. A pasta at Vapiano 8 euros. 

Photos shot with Canon Eos M3- Canon 40 mm pancake lens – ed lightroom app

  

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  1. I was there in winter and there was not so many tourists. I found the checkpoint charlie museum really interesting ( as I had studied the cold war at length at school) and also had the carriage ride along the Unter de linden. Berlin is a fascinating and indeed, a very popular tourist destination. Great photos, Katarina

  2. wow! While looking at your photos I thought ”her pictures look fantastic, I wonder which camera she uses” .. turns out you use the big sister of mine (I use the Canon EOS M). Your skills are awesome! That showed me the quality of the photos really depend on the photographer, not the camera..

    I was in Berlin for three days this January and even though we’ve used the subway pretty often, we’ve never got checked. Interesting that you’ve made a different experience.

    Thank you for the elaborate guide 🙂

    • Thanks! 🙂 yes. I love the camera 🙂 I also have a big one, the 5D Mark iii. That is a great camera! I use different ones but the m3 is good due to the wifi. What did you think about Berlin?

      • wow, cool that you’ve also got the 5D Mark III! But I think it’s great that a small camera like the M/M3 can take photos like that. Since when have you been taking photographs?
        I love Berlin! The city offers so many historical sites and fascinating museums to explore. I’ve been there twice but think I could spend at least another week only visiting museums. 🙂

        • Yes. I have taken photos for about 1-2 years. You? Yes, the 5D mark iii is great. It is expensive but fantastic to use. I use it all the time. The M3 is really good but sometimes I feel annoyed over the slow autofocus, compared to the 5D. You, for how long have you been taking photos then?

          • I’m thinking of upgrading one day but I think the M is fine for now (though the autofocus is even slower as the M3’s). Have you ever thought of working for National Geographic as your dream? 🙂
            I’ve been taking photography more serious only since this spring.

          • Oh, do you know how the friend got started? That’s so amazing! I stumbled over the idea a couple of days ago and it’s my dream at the moment!
            haha I’m curious to see where your journey will lead you! 🙂

          • No I don’t know but she is very qualified so you will
            Probably need as I some more years of experience first. 🙂

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