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Day 7 Berlin – Tauentzienstrasse and Kurfürstendamm

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I walked along the Tauentzienstraße and Kurfürstendamm and into shops, including the famous KaDeWe (pronounced Ca De Ve), which was the main shopping centre in West Berlin. I found some cool boots (that I didn’t buy as I couldn’t ever see me wearing them at home), and the Gedächtniskirche.

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The Kurfürstendamm (colloquially Ku’damm) is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. This very broad, long boulevard is sometimes considered the Champs-Élysées of Berlin, lined as it is with shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. The Kurfürstendamm was the main shopping street in West Berlin when the city was divided.
The Gedächtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) is located in Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz. The original church on the site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943.
Tauentzienstraße is a major shopping street in the western inner city of Berlin, Germany, with a length of about 500 m (1,600 ft).

Posted by Shona Travels 07:32 Archived in Germany Tagged churches buildings people shopping germany berlin europe2013 Comments (0)

Day 7 Berlin – Charlottenburg

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Arriving in Charlottenburg, I got off the bus and headed to the Schloß (palace). Out the front of the Schloß, was a market, however it was too early and it wasn’t open.

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Day 7 Berlin – Brandenburg Gate

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Leaving Alexanderplatz, we went past the Berlin Dom (Cathedral), that was under restoration. Unfortunately it was pouring at the time, I didn’t have the time to go back later, but my memory says that it was pretty spectacular in 1988 the last time I was in Berlin.

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The next stop was the Brandenburg Gate. Last time I was here, I was standing in West Berlin, looking at a wall in front of the gate. It was so good to see the wall gone, and to be able to walk easily from the Western to the Eastern sides.

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Whilst I was there, I also wandered for a short period through the Tiergarten park across the road from the gate, and looked over to the Reichstag Building (Parliament).

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Day 7 Berlin – Waking In Germany

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I woke in the morning after a pretty good sleep (just myself and one other in my couchette on the train from Paris), to snow on the ground outside! To someone who lives in Sydney, Australia, snow is a big deal – it NEVER snows here! It was also great so see that Germany likes green energy too.
(Please forgive my photos – they were taken on my old iPhone 4S through a very dirty train window!)

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When I arrived at Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main train station), I transferred to Alexanderplatz on the S Bahn, and then dumped my suitcase at my hotel. I was staying in the former East Berlin, which I had originally visited in 1988 when the city was still divided.

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I then practiced my German on a real German person by getting myself on a hop-on-hop-off bus (it was raining and cold and I was wearing the wrong thermals!) without using a word of English. My German was very rusty, but we understood each other perfectly! Ordinarily I would have gone up the tower, but with the weather the way it was, I figured it wasn’t worth the money.

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Posted by Shona Travels 07:01 Archived in Germany Tagged landscapes churches buildings skylines people sky snow trains castles fountain river germany berlin europe2013 Comments (0)

Day 7 Arriving In Germany And Berlin Wandering – Europe 2013

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Arriving in Germany was pretty cool – as in cold! There was snow!! The average temp for the day was only 4C / 39F.
I spent the day on a hop-on-hop-off bus around Berlin and saw the following sights:
• Brandenburg Gate
• Charlottenburg
• Tauentzienstraße and Kurfürstendamm
• Checkpoint Charlie
• East Side Gallery

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After dark I headed to the markets at:
• Alexander Platz
• Potsdamer Platz
I did 17,401 steps on my pedometer.

Posted by Shona Travels 06:50 Archived in Germany Tagged landscapes bridges churches buildings skylines sky snow night trains fountain bridge garden europe2013 Comments (0)

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