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Driving in Berlin… Eastern Style

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 23, 2015 – 4:05 pm

Not more than 15 minutes walk from my hotel is the start and end point for the so called ‘Trabi Safari’ tours. For an hour or two, you can rent a Trabant – the cars they drove in East Germany – and go on a tour of the city.

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Life in the East: The DDR Museum

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 23, 2015 – 7:49 am

This museum would be open for another 2 hours when I got there giving me plenty of time to get round it and enjoy learning more about life in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR).

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East German Security: The Stasi Museum

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 22, 2015 – 10:58 pm

It had gone 3 o’ clock by the time I left the Reichstag and I was keen to get to two museums in particular before the day was up: the Stasi Museum and the DDR Museum. I started with the Stasi Museum – due to close for the day at 6pm and a good 40 minutes away on the S-Bahn.

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A Tour of the German Parliament

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 22, 2015 – 3:17 pm

After a quiet morning of doing not much other than strolling around the city, I had a busy afternoon today. I headed up to Platz der Republik to see the Reichstag building – home to the Deutsche Bundestag (the German Parliament).

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Hinterm Horizont: Das Berlin Musical

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 22, 2015 – 8:44 am

My Saturday night activity was a trip to the Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz, about a 15 minute walk from the hotel, to see Hinterm Horizont: Das Berlin Musical mit den Hits von Udo Lindenburg.

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Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 21, 2015 – 5:40 pm

The headquarters are essentially two buildings: Fernsehzentrum (Television Centre) and Haus des Rundfunks (Broadcasting House). In one building, the TV studios. In the other, the radio studios.

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Berliner Fernsehturm (A City View)

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 21, 2015 – 1:30 pm

After breakfast at a nearby café, I went for a morning walk – it was a good couple of miles to Alexanderplatz where the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) stands, reaching 368 metres above the ground.

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Brandenburger Tor: A Walk in Central Berlin

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 20, 2015 – 5:09 pm

Hooray! I’ve made it to Berlin. My flight out of Gatwick departed 10 minutes early, and with the help of some strong tail winds we landed at Schönefeld Airport 30 minutes ahead of schedule, at just before 9 o’ clock local time (that’s 8 o’ clock UK time).

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Blimey, It’s Early!

Icon Written by Fred Hart on November 20, 2015 – 5:17 am

By the time you have woken up and got the chance to read this, I will probably already have arrived in Berlin. At the moment (05:02 on Friday morning) I am sitting in Costa at Gatwick’s South Terminal with a hot chocolate.

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