Listen: Berlin, Berlin Cathedral, Rian West Berlin discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"One and it was between the allies so kingdom United States Soviet Union regarding Camila Terry occupation and reconstruction of Berlin and and who got what piece yes exactly divided the country as well as the city. The city was divided into four pieces. We think of it being divided into two pieces but was divided into the British the US and the French sectors which all became west Berlin as well as the country was divided in the same fashion one of the things that people don't realize when they think about West Berlin and also the wall is that the wall actually went around West Berlin right Rian West Berlin that was encircled that was surrounded by a wall. It was not the east per se. Yen Eh is something that most people get it sort of reversed in your mind when I think about the city and we actually just celebrated here in Berlin the thirtieth anniversary of the a follow the law. Yeah that was a fun fun weekend and a lot going on in the city to celebrate that will in my understanding is that you can now tell where the wall had been. It's more marked on the ground again. The when I was there right after it was gone. And you couldn't tell where it used to be except by the gaps but a lot of it is now marked on the on the ground with I I wanna say brass dots or something like that at Brixton the ground and then also on their signs that say our good and it Kinda shows Street corners and stuff. Like there's a turn and minute shows the path of them now. airbag means while path and we actually cycle the entire Berlin Lynn Walsh earlier one hundred and sixty kilometers about one hundred miles in one day. It's great I don't recommend that unless you happen to be an enthusiast but it definitely takes you to everywhere you might imagine in Berlin from the most rural and I think that's the surprising thing about the city. They are actually rural segments to the the most urban really is diverse. More diversity think excellent anything else we WANNA see in the the city any other neighborhoods would recommend Mitte which we already mentioned is technically means the middle and in mid two. There's also the museum. Island UNESCO site has the Pergamon and several other museums. That it's worth getting a museum card if you're going to be here for a few days just so that we can go in out of the different museums freely if you have kids there's the DDR museum all sorts of Old East German artifacts and housewares and then funds stuff stuff. You can sort of everyday like I like a sample apartment and things like that if antiquities and playing with grandma. Grandma's old telephone number. You mid has also home to a lot of galleries so gallery art. If that's your thing you can walk the streets of there's sort of a segment of middle seat on the map and there's one gallery after another August stresses Straw Lineage Tross And in and around that Area A lot of little private galleries that are worth checking out and those originally probably when I visited this work art rex studios there. Let's say squatter communities but over time they've been turned into proper modern art galleries as well. You kind of undersold the museum orlands. They're a little bit but for if you are a museum or if you're a history buff that I would definitely recommend especially the Pergamon museum where you you can walk through the gates the reconstructed Gates Babylon for instance and and I feel like that alone is worth a stop if again if you're a history buff if that's something like walk through the stargate there. I'll put a link to a blog post. I did on twenty four hours in Berlin. That is show some pictures from some of the various things there there and there's the bust of never t and the next museum over and they're world class museums. I think that's really what you need to know. Is that this rivals arrivals. In terms of acquired ancient collection at the British Museum or any other museum in the world and also nearby is the Boda Museum which says art. The German History Museum is also quite interesting. It can be rather sobering. It's rather extensive but it's also quite interesting in terms of the history Berlin a history of Germany and obviously a lot of focus on Berlin as well and all of those museums are in a relatively short. Will the history museums outside of the museum. mylan but the others are in kind of a contained area and when it's springtime or summer time it's great to relax on the grass. There's lots of grass areas in parks in that the region as well also. The Berlin Cathedral is right there. Yes in Orland cathedral and you can also usually find a couple times a week concerts in there as well. So that's another good way to get inside meaning your concert tickets for rides the entrance fee into Cathedral. And you get a concert at the same time. What's the area of Berlin? If I haven't been there in ten years that has changed the most midtown Prenzlauer Berg. I would say maybe not ten years maybe more fifteen years but those were the areas that you mentioned during your first visit that regret in your used to be the apartments were heated with coal and a lot of abandoned landed places in now with cookie dough shops now in several cafes several cafes competing for the best avocado toast ok very colorful and modern and it's changed quite a lot of promise really known historically for its it's Avocados I think of a gutter growing Richard isn't it that's much I would also say Chris Baragan Eric annoyed can have changed quite a lot in the last ten years again this shift from mainly worker in immigrant communities to more say hit communities where there's galleries in restaurants and cafes and there's two areas I would change probably the most well what would you skip I'm looking at my guidebook. It's telling me to go to various displaces. And there's a few that if you had limited time you would probably pass I would say Schloss Charlottenburg and and I hope other doesn't hear this. Because he was so excited to visit. It's a beautiful palace. It's been renovated reconstructed. It's full of period piece furniture pitcher. That's really not what Berlin is about Berlin is for me not so much about going inside and seeing these beautiful balances in furniture. But it's more about the the living history that's outside so it's beautiful but at the same time if you have limited time you could see something similar to that in other capital cities in Europe or other cities in Europe. I would probably be I in down. I'm always amazed by seeing that neighborhood appear on so many lists. You're the first thing that you should do or serve typical because just doesn't really having lived here. It doesn't strike. Typical Berlin at all at strike was twenty years ago yet had a different role actually thirty two years ago that role has been displaced in. Looks quite a lot like any other shopping area in any city that you might see in there so many other things that are so that are unique about the city including what we've talked about so far that says that's probably worth escape. You're GonNa Miss Anything unless you have some really serious shopping that you have to do. And there are plenty of small shops in places like Craig's Baragan Prenzlauer. Berg in can that will probably take care of most year needs. Although the one thing I would say in Kurfurstendamm that I think is unique to Berlin would be the Kaiser Ville Memorial Church. Yeah that is a church that was damaged destroyed during World War Two and instead of renovating it to new. They actually a renovated or reconstructed to keep the damage on the steeple people so it's a reminder of the war and the cost of war and it has next door to it on the second Meditation Chapel or room. That is a very peaceful as well. I think the new that they built quite modern and I think beautiful now. That's a matter of opinion but the contrast that's between the two I think is is interesting and obviously historically significant. Yes anything else we should cover before we start to do some of our wrap pop questions so one of the things. Since we're heading into the season right now is Christmas market sure Orland isn't traditionally known reports Christmas markets. Meaning when you think German Christmas markets usually Nuremberg more unit but Berlin. Has I think now over sixty Christmas markets. So it's not only in one place in centralized but they're spread throughout the city and it's everything from the more traditional German Christmas markets with the Gluhwein in the sausages in the lights in the pretty buildings around and for that I would recommend gendarmenmarkt as the Christopher gendarmenmarkt Christmas market. But then there's also lots of Funky eclectic Dick Specialized Chris markets around the city and those are usually run over the course of maybe a single weekend. So they're they're in they're out there over bore weekends and advent but they're not every day right and you mentioned the gendarmenmarkt so that's the place where we have the twin churches with the square inbetween between down in the neighborhood that is can you claim that it's a myth. Okay that's where we'd find traditional you're saying yeah traditionally national and it's it's very pretty traditionally decorated. It's a beautiful setting because you have the two churches around in the square and everything and then you have one of the newer Christmas markets markets. Let's on weekends called highs ahead smart which has been this funky urban village area by the Spree River. And there's there's everything from bonfires and they have music eclectic puppet shows but then you can also still get your gluhwein and there's lots of handicrafts and homemade bread and so it's an interesting mixture of things. There's also in bitten in the north submit to big. That's why I think of it as two different areas there is that CNN market which is a Scandinavian market in the Cultural Bri the culture brewery. which is the site of a former brewery there and and that's also quite fun because it's it's an A.? Industrial courtyard brick courtyard. Finish GLOAG in. You've got your Swedish different. I ice drinks and stuff and is also got a nice feel to me and the other thing you reminded me of when you said Mitte. Because I've been at the Christmas Margaret. You were talking about there That the double plots near there. The original in front of the opera has one of the more interesting World War. Two era Memorials which is the memorial to Nazi book."