Berlin, November 2015

The first leg of my trip to Europe is five days in Berlin, staying with a couple of friends and their awesome two-year-old in the suburb of Wilmersdorf, due south from the western edge of the Tiergarten.

I spent 3-4 days in Berlin about a decade ago, and went around to most of the major tourist sites then. So this time I’m more interested in visiting a few less ‘popular’ places and getting a real feel of what life here is like. Fortunately that means spending quality time with my friends.

Some highlights included:

  • Wilmersdorf Volkspark at dusk, including discovering across the Rathaus Schoneberg, where Kennedy delivered his ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech.
  • Karl Marx Allee, including the Computer Games Museum, Capitan Pretzel Gallery, Kino Internationale, and Berlin Haus.
  • Rosa Luxenberg Straße and surrounds, including a pumpkin and mango soup at the hipster Cafe Oliv.
  • Ostbanhof, starting point for seeing Courtney Barnett rock out at Postbanhof, then wandering along the Eastside Gallery the following day on the way to…
  • Kreuzberg: finally getting a good coffee at Passenger Cafe on Oppelner Straße (Australian barista), avoiding the dodgy park, amazing street art
  • 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium: expensive beers, grandiose buildings, great atmosphere at the match supporting FC Hertha, including a minute’s silence at the beginning for the victims of the recent Paris attacks.
  • Eggnog at the Christmas markets: My frist German Christmas markets experience was at a small one in an outer suburb. There was a mini-train, fake ice-skating and eggnog with an extra shot (or two) of rum!

I’ll be back in Berlin in late December for Christmas and New Years – looking forward to it already!

Below is my photo gallery from Berlin. You can also clickthrough to see it on Flickr:

Berlin, November 2015

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