Earlier this week I reviewed the movie Cabaret. The film made me think about our trip to Berlin back in 2012. If you haven’t been to the city I highly recommend it. It’s a fantastic place and we may be heading back there this summer. Here are some photos from the trip.
Statue on Siegessaule commemorating the Prussian victories over Denmark, Austria, and France
Part of the Reichstag. You can see a mark on the nose. That’s from a bullet shot in WWII.
A Lego giraffe in Potsdamer Platz
A friend we made at one of the cafes.
Brandenburger Tor at night
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We head out to Berlin next weekend. Really looking forward to it. 🙂
You’re going to have a blast! Enjoy and safe travels.
My daughter was there programming for a software company for a while… she loved it…
I would love to live there for a few months or years. Fab place.
Am planning a trip to Berlin later this year… haven’t been there in 27 years!!!!
I’m excited to hear about all the changes you notice.
Everybody seems to be writing about Berlin at the moment and every post I read reminds me that I still need to go there – thanks!
You would love it Andrew. So much history, architecture, and good beer.
I’ve been there, very exciting city. Trying lots of different food was nice. That cat looks huge!
He was a big boy, but super friendly. He camped out with us for over an hour.
Amazing city. I went before the wall came down and was glad I did in retrospect. Surreal experience driving through west germany to east germany and then to west german Berlin. Loved the gate, and somewhere, can’t remember we visited a palace in the countryside! I’ll look for the postcard of the wall. Just something else again. It must be like any other city now. It was probably 30 years ago 😀
I wish I went then the wall was still up. It’s hard to imagine now, even though I’ve seen it in the news, read about it in books. and countless movies.
I’m envious — been to several European countries but not Germany. Yet.
I hope you go!
we have not been there, but have heard lots about it, thanks for your inspirational photos!
I’m glad you enjoyed.
Wow! Guess where I will be in July this summer? Berlin! We should have a pint together….;)
That would be fun! Only if we were going in July. Any chance you’re stopping in London?
No, perhaps in 2015. I’m taking students over on a trip if I get enough enrolled. Wish me luck! 🙂
Best of luck! Wow. 2015 is just around the corner. I can’t believe that it’s almost March!
Wonderful photos! I need to go! I have not been to Berlin, but my mother, brother and sister have when they went to my nephew’s wedding back in August of ’12. They did bring back some wonderful photos of Berlin’s Buddy Bears I’d like to share with you here http://georgettesullins.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/hey-buddy/ I rarely post my own stuff, but when I saw the Berlin Bear and all these lovely photos, I think it’s appropriate to share. 🙂
I loved the bears! And it was fun to spot them in the city. I love it when people share and give me a link. so much easier than someone saying, I wrote about this on my blog–see if you can find it.
Awww, the bear is so cute, and that cat looks like he’s up to no good :). Great photos!!
Hey now. don’t pick on my cat friend 🙂
He was trying to steal food off people’s plates.
I knew he was up to no good :).
Why? Because he’s one of my friends.
Oh but you’re always a perfect little angel :).
You know, I can feel your sarcasm all the way over here.
Tee hee 🙂
Great photos, I love the cat and the bullet-market stone sculpture.
I’ve never been to Berlin, just Frankfurt, for one day between plane stops, and it was fun.
Frankfurt–I need to add that to my list.
Why is the cat photo my favorite? I suppose I’m just a sucker for pet pics. Love that little face peaking over the table top. I’ve never been to Berlin. Great to see your photos.
Hugs from Ecuador,
If there’s a dog or cat anywhere near me, I’ll stop everything and give the little one a pet–if they’re friendly.
Never been but it appears from all the comments that it needs to be on my list of places to visit! Great pics!
Just think of all the teapots you could buy. I bet they have some with the bears.
and I’ve never been either, not really considered it, perhaps I should.
I loved my trip!
Cool pictures! I visited Berlin in the winter and it was quite grey and miserable. Would love to go back in the summer and see Tiergarten and other similar areas! Hopefully you will get to travel too!
I remember your trip. the first day we were there it was bloody hot. thank goodness for beer 🙂
My husband has been to Germany – although he was not in Berlin, but he is half German so I am sure he would love to go back one day. My son would be all over that Lego giraffe. I think I would enjoy that garden.
I was a Lego fanatic when I was a kid and the giraffe impressed me! My ancestors are Austrian and that may be on our list real soon 😉
That cat’s gaze is so penetrating! In a past life could it have been a German expressionist painter or was it just fixated on the out of frame sardines on your plate?
I prefer thinking of him as an artist, but he was a street cat so food was probably the motivating factor.
Thanks for sharing.
Berlin is on my list of places to see. I love the huge bear, is he a Steiff? I used to sell Steiff stuffed toys and Henckles knives.
I don’t know. I hadn’t heard of them before. Next time I go, maybe I can investigate.
Steiff toys have been around for quite awhile. When Teddy Roosevelt visited the Steiff factory many years ago he looked at the bear toy and said, “Why, he looks like me.” So they named it the ‘teddy bear’. That’s how the ‘teddy bear’ got its name. I love that cool story.
I heard the Roosevelt story, but I’m not sure I knew the association with Steiff. Thanks! I love learning historical tidbits.
The Daughter is heading there in April. Is there anything that you think someone should NOT miss while there, so I can pass that on to her.
Oh gosh, that’s a tough one. We only had a few days there and I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to. For me, I had to visit the Reichstag since I studied history and politics. If she wants to go there, tell her to book her tickets and register online. The museums on a small island in central Berlin are amazing. Pergamonmuseum has an impressive collection of ancient art and architecture and the Egyptian museum houses the bust of Nefertiti. That was amazing to see. The Berliner Dom, a large cathedral, is cool to visit and you can climb to the top for a view of the city. I brought alone a DK Top 10 Berlin guide book and that gave me a quick rundown off all the different areas and the highlights.
Great photos! I’ve never been to Berlin, but you make it seem like a neat place to visit. 🙂
Dude. You know I’ve never been to Europe and I have always to go. My first stop however was always Italy, then France, England, and then Spain. I had never thought of Germany, but after checking these out it’s definitely making the itinerary.
I studied German history in school so Berlin was always at the top of my list. And I hope to go back many times.
I loved Berlin too – that mix of old and new architecture…beautiful!
Yes! there’s so much to see and take in.
The museums are fabulous there!
Great photos…I really like the giraffe one
It was fun to come across the giraffe.
Hehe what a cheeky cat!
Yes. I bet he makes a good living that way
Wonderful pictures, TBM! Who is that peeking out from above the table? Is that Att’s friend? 🙂
He was one of the local cats by the cafe. Not sure if Att would like the competition. He prefers being the “man” of the house
Beautiful photos. I hope to get there this summer!
We are in the midst of making plans. Woohoo!
Wonderful! What sort of things will you be doing? Is there anything you recommend in particular?
I’m not sure what we’ll be doing this time around. Last time we visited museum island (highly recommended and you can buy a pass for all three), The Berliner Dom (a beautiful church with a stunning view), Siegessaule (another chance for a stunning view), Tiergarten (a large park), and we walked around quite a bit. We only had two days there. I need to start planning this visit.
Have you been there? Are you going any time soon?
I’ve been to Germany–Munich, Hanover, the Rhine River, Rothenberg, Cologne, but never to Berlin. Since then I have learned that the little village that one line of my mother’s people came from is in Pomerania, about 60 miles north of Berlin. I hope to go see it on this trip. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
That’s wonderful. I hope you get to visit.