Comfort Hotel Auberge
Bayreuther Strasse 10
Phone: (49) 30 2350020
Fax: (49) 30 23500299
Bayreuther Strasse 10, Berlin, DE, 10789
- Phone: (49) 30 2350020
- Fax: (49) 30 23500299
In the days when Berlin was a divided city, Europa-Center was West Berlin's touristic highlight, fulfilling every wish a visitor could dream of. After a visit to the Tourist Infomation Centre on Budapester Straße, visitors could take the lift up to the observation platform on top of the building for a bird's eye view over the city. They could then eat lunch at the fountain and spend the whole afternoon shopping in the mall. The evening could be whiled away in the various restaurants and pubs in the basement. Nowadays, Potsdamer Platz has superseded Europa-Center as Berlin's major all-in-one tourist attraction. Indeed, nothing has changed at Europa-Center for years. The multi-colored lights and hazy glass mirrors are tacky and outdated in comparison to Potsdamer Platz's glitzy glass and steel look. The panorama terrace under the Mercedes star is also closed, albeit temporarily. In spite of all this, the place is still extremely popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
When darkness closes in over Nollendorfplatz, life really gets going. In the 1930s, Nollendorfplatz was a centre of diversion and culture, home to artists and writers, with an almost Parisian flair. People came from far and wide to visit the popular Metropol Theatre and to admire the steel and glass dome which crowned the station. Bombed to smitherines during the War, Nollendorfplatz was rebuilt in the ensuing years with monstrous post-war high-rises. The only reminder of how Nollendorfplatz used to be is a series of paintings hanging in the Ephraim-Palais. The area is, however, still renowned for its nightlife which flourishes in the streets around Winterfeldtplatz.
It's nothing particularly special to spend a few minutes watching ducks swim around a lake. But this is definitely slightly different if you're watching them from inside an underground station, as you can in Rathaus Schöneberg U-Bahn station on the U4 line. The station was incorporated into the Rudolph-Wilde-Park over a hundred years ago when Schöneberg was still a small, bourgeois town a few miles outside of Berlin. As it was fairly wealthy, the town's authorities decided to build an underground line for residents wanting to travel to nearby Berlin. Today, the U4 U-Bahn line doesn't seem to quite fit with Berlin's wider public transport system. It is small—just five stops—and no longer widely used. Nevertheless, all the stations exude a touch of turn-of-the-century elegance augmented by modern facilities. The U4 was the first U-Bahn line to experiment with fully automatic, driverless trains in the 1980s.
Breitscheidplatz is the true heart of Western Berlin. The ruin of the Memorial Church which dominates the square serves as a potent reminder of the destructive forces of war. Tourists stream here from nearby Ku'damm to mingle with artists, street musicians and young skateboarders. Surrounded by outdated fifties architecture, the square gains a cosmopolitan touch around the Weltkugelbrunnen, one of Europe's most innovative modern fountains. Plans are afoot to transform the square into a sculpture of light. Visitors will then be plunged into a haze of blue light, but thankfully only after dark.
Built in the late 19th century in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm I, this once magnificent church was gutted by fire after a British air-raid in November 1943. The only parts left standing were the nave and half a spire. Nowadays, the spireless ruin and the modern chapel next door provide the city with more than just a famous landmark - they are also a poignant symbol of the senselessness of war. The 'Stalingrad Madonna' in the futuristic blue-glass chapel next to the ruin is worth a visit, as is the exhibition documenting the history of the church on Breitscheidplatz. According to rumours, the down-and-outs who tended to congregate around the chapel were moved on because their urine was beginning to corrode the foundations!
A century ago, Berlin's high society used to meet in the Tiergarten for evening drinks and canapés. Winter parties took place inside the voluptuous villas which were dotted around the leafy park. A solitary remnant of this glamorous epoch is the Villa von der Heydt, which is today the seat of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the foundation which supervises Berlin's museums. The Renaissance building is strongly reminiscent of the Palladian villas which enrich northern Italy. Indeed, it's a great shame that this is the only building of its kind that has survived. The buildings which were not destroyed by Allied bombers during the War were demolished by Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, to make way for the Führer's grand designs.
This expansive museum has a rich and varied collection of erotic artwork and history from the past 2000 years. From paintings of forbidden love affairs to the most unusual of sculptures, the more than 5000 pieces paint a vivid picture of the role of sexuality in culture. A tour of the entire three-floor museum is sure to make you blush more than once, and be sure to leave the kids behind, as entrance is restricted to those 18 and over. Admission: EUR6.
Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway and Sweden joined forces in the late 1990s to build a brand-new "Scandinavian Embassy" in Berlin's Tiergarten. The result is Nordische Botschaften, an innovative complex with sloping, light green, copper-plated walls, which can open and close like blinds. The birch trees growing in front of the building give it a subtle Nordic touch. Visitors are free to pop into the central reception area, where exhibitions by Scandinavian artists are on show. It is also worth going up to the second floor to get an overview of the whole complex.
Located next to Zoo Station in the heart of the western city center, Zoologischer Garten Berlin is home to Skippy the kangaroo, Pretty Woman the gorilla and Kiri the elephant, to name just a few. Other attractions are the nocturnal animals and a pair of Chinese panda bears, although Yan-Yan's lack of sexual interest in her partner Bao-Bao has been talk of the town for years! Founded in 1844 by Prussian King William IV, the Zoologischer Garten is Germany's oldest zoo. With 13,000 animals and 1,400 different species, the zoo is also one of the world's most populous. The nearby Aquarium was opened in the 1930s.
Nestled in Berlin's Tiergarten neighborhood, the Aquarium Berlin is located on the premises of the Zoologischer Garten Berlin. This aquarium was established in 1913, and is regarded as housing one of the largest collections of sea creatures. Spread over three floors, the Aquarium Berlin enables you to peruse a variety of fauna like jelly fish, sting ray, sharks, eel and more, making it the largest aquarium in Germany. A visit to the Aquarium Berlin will be an enjoyable learning experience for visitors of all ages.
Neuer See is the most popular lake in the Berlin neighborhood of Tiergarten, situated in the Tiergarten Park. The blue-green water is surrounded by thick foliage, and is usually filled with colorful boats. It is a much-loved destination with kids and adults alike for rowing and as a picnic spot. Amid the cacophony of picknickers, one can catch the shrill voices of singing birds. Visitors can rent boats from the adjacent beer garden Café am Neuen See, which is well worth a visit for its excellent menu and views. Other on-site attractions include a memorial dedicated to the German socialist Karl Liebknecht, who was murdered at this spot.
Located within the bustling district of Schöneberg, this charming church is a haven for visitors seeking solace in both religion and music. The tranquil interior is often filled with the sounds of the community choir and with a range of other performers who come to this church for the acclaimed acoustics. Be sure to check out the website for complete information on upcoming events, prayer groups, workshops and even sermon topics. So when in Berlin, do visit Apostel Paulus Kirche (Church of Paul the Apostel).