2014 has been an important year for war anniversaries, marking 100 years since the outbreak of WWI and 75 years since the start of WWII, but this year is even more significant for Berlin, as November 9th marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The notorious barrier, which separated West Berlin from Soviet-occupied East Berlin for 28 years during the Cold War, was finally torn down in 1989 and since then, the last remaining stretch of the wall has been preserved as a memorial to the once war-torn city.
Category: Things To Do
October 9, 2014
Many of the world’s capital cities have an iconic shopping street and while New York has 5th Avenue, Paris has the Champs-Elysees and London has Oxford Street, Berlin’s major throughway is the Kurfürstendamm. Running for 3.5 km from Breitscheidplatz in Charlottenburg, to Rathenauplatz in Grunewald, Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm, or ‘Kudamm’ as it’s affectionately known to locals, is one of the city’s liveliest boulevards and an atmospheric place to start a walking tour of Berlin.
September 24, 2014
A true Berliner would argue that the only way to get around the city is on the seat of a bicycle. Despite having a phenomenal metro system the city is huge and to truly explore it you need two wheels. We pedaled around town on the evening Berlin food tour by bike Viator tour stopping along the way to see some unique sights and of course eat.
September 11, 2014
Modern Berlin might be one of Europe’s most vibrant cultural capitals, but if you’re touring the city’s sights, you can’t help but be confronted by reminders of its troubled past – the World Wars that destroyed much of the city, the subsequent Cold War that left it torn in two, and of course, the heart-wrenching realities of the Holocaust. In the city center, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum offer fittingly poignant memorials, but the most heart-wrenching tribute to the countless tragedies of the Holocaust lies just north of Berlin, in the sleepy suburb of Oranienburg – the notorious Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
September 4, 2014
From abandoned amusement parks to hilltop Allied listening posts to hidden cemeteries, Berlin is teeming with unique and little-known attractions and there’s no better time to get off-the-beaten-track than Berlin Heritage Day. A weekend-long event held each September, Berlin Heritage Day, or the ‘Day of the Open Monument’, forms part of the European Heritage Day celebrations and offers access to hundreds of historical buildings, churches, palaces, archeological sites and monuments normally off-bounds to the public.
August 28, 2014
With its opulent Baroque palaces and landscaped parklands, the former Prussian capital is one of Germany’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a popular day trip from Berlin, and the most atmospheric time to visit is the Potsdam Palace Night. Held one night a year in the magnificent landscaped gardens of Sanssouci Palace, King Friedrich II’s (Frederick the Great) lavish private retreat, the Potsdam Palace Night, or the Night of the Palaces, is a nocturnal spectacle of music, dance and theater, accompanied by a dazzling display of illuminations and fireworks.