‘Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.’
Berlin has been one of my top European cities since 2011 … when I visited for the first time, since then I been back for more 3 times … and tomorrow will be my 4th.
The city is so much of everything … and there is a Berlin for everybody … every budget … every intrest … and taste … and age. Vibrant, friendly and welcoming.
It wasn’t in my plans to visit Berlin this year … it was all down to that BBC documentary with the handsome opera singer, Jonas Kaufmann that I saw earlier this year. I just got the urge … I have to enjoy him alive NOW!!!! So soon as possible. I was in infatuated … his voice … his personality … and HIS LOOKS!!! *laughing
And the soonest I could get a seat was Friday 13th in Berlin at their beautiful Waldbühne amphitheatre. I bought the ticket 2 days after I seen the documentary and in a hour I had booked hotel and flight. My gift to myself for making it to 70 this year. It took a bit of my lost account.
My biggest worry has been the weather because of it being an open air concert … saw on TV when Berlin Philharmonic a couple of years ago there (they play every summer) and the rain was pouring down.
I don’t have to worry this year, because Berlin is going to be warm. Around +23-28C/+74-82F every day. Glad that the concert is in the evening, so it will not be so warm. Tomorrow on arrival is it going to rain, I need rain!!!!! But not on Friday.
Have booked some new exciting restaurants and I’m going to return to my every time favorite, Café-Restaurant Wintergarten at the Literaturhaus: great food that can be enjoyed in a garden so green and so full of flowers, or on the terrace … a hidden gem of Kurfürstendamm on Fasanenstraße 23.
I have book a visit to Reichstag dome, something I wanted to do the last 2 visit, but never pre-registered before I left home and the German’s prefer that and it means also that I will pass the line-ups (at least I hope so).
On Saturday afternoon I’m going on an organized tour to the abandoned NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg “The Devils Hill” out in Grünewald, – a man-made hill, a a former US signaling base, abandoned around 1991. At Teufelsberg, spies listened to radio traffic inside giant golf balls. Today everything has been transformed into canvas for Berlin Graffiti artists.
Have been advised to not to visit alone, because of the safety aspect … not that it’s dangerous as such, but it’s old buildings and not looked after so things can fall down. What I understand is the observatory closed. And it about 20 min walk (uphill) from the car park.
I have plans to shop a little (tiny shopping list) at Primark and TK Maxx … shops we don’t have here in Sweden and of course make a visit to Rossman, the big drugstore chain … C&A and Peek & Cloppenburg, fashion (just for the looking). *smile
My return flight on Monday is not until 19.20pm … so I have time for a art museum visit, haven’t decided which. Have a couple to choose from not too far from the hotel.
The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from the Kurfürstendamm U-bahn station, so Berlin is literally at my feet.
Packed this morning … my problems isn’t what to pack to wear … my problem is what does my feet want to suffer in.
Ich bin bereit!! Berlin … hier komme ich !!!