Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous border crossing point during the cold war era. The original guard house (the one pictured below is a reconstruction) can be seen in the 'Mauer Museum' (Wall museum) next door, along with a comprehensive chronicle of Berlin's political and historical events during the years of the division.
It's presentation of the many different ways people escaped from the East to the West makes the museum an interesting place to visit with children too. Among the many original escape tools and implements are cars with modified petrol tanks allowing a person to hide within, self made chair-lifts, a miniature submarine, hot air balloons and many more.
Mauer Museum/Wall museum (open daily from 9am to 10pm)
Tel: +49 (0) 30 253 725 0
Berlin tip #14 -East Side Gallery
In the city center, the course of the former wall is marked with double rows of cobblestones, and in some parts it has been left standing. The longest remaining stretch runs for 1.3 km along the river Spree near Mühlenstrasse. In 1990, more than a hundred artists from across the world were invited to cover it with their paintings, transforming it into a huge open air gallery.
One of the East Side Gallery's most iconic artworks, the famous 'fraternal kiss' between Brezhnev and Honnecker in 1979
The other side of the wall is covered in huge photographs, showing borders across the world which divide nations, religions, and political systems to this day.
Shoes: sand espadrille wedges
Accessories: Hermès 'La Femme aux Semelles de Vent' 90 Carré worn as belt, clic H enamel bracelet in marron glacé and a 35 Kelly in etoupe
Scarf tying method: Fold the scarf in the basic bias fold and tie around the waistband of your jeans. You can tie the ends into a double knot, or secure them in the basic slide with a Grande scarf ring.
A 'Trabi' car driving through the wall into freedom (the number plate marks the date the wall came down)
Mühlenstraße (near Oberbaumbrücke)
Berlin tip #15 -Hotel de Rome
The 'Hotel de Rome' has Berlin's most beautiful roof top terrace, which makes it a perfect place to come for a drink on a summer evening. The views over the city are breathtaking and the lounge breezy and modern.
The downstairs bar and the Paroli restaurant are equally worth a visit, the food and service are excellent, and the decor beautiful.
Outdoor dining at the Paroli
pink flower arrangements on Wednesday night
The bar and velvet room
Capsule pieces: white jeans and printed silk tunic
Shoes: oran sandals
Accessories: Hermès clic H enamel bracelet in marron glacé, Lift pendant in horn and a 35 Kelly in etoupe
white flower arrangements on Friday night
Dinner at Paroli Restaurant
Hotel de Rome
10117 Berlin (Mitte)
Tel: +40 (0) 30 460 60 90
Paroli Restaurant at the Hotel de Rome
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End of the travelogue ~ Auf Wiedersehen Berlin!