It happened to us: We are in Berlin and just feel tired. Is it spring fatigue? A coming of age? Or is it (much more simply) a lack of sleep? For sure, the world’s largest travel trade show ITB Berlin has totally worn us out over a 72-hours long “trade show marathon”. Check out what we have learned, networked and shared in my wrap-up of ITB: “Of Bloggers, Book Projects And A Boosting Network Society”. The marathon was certainly worth it, somehow. But now, it’s time for the weekend. On a Friday night, Berlin nightlife calls and what do we answer?
Tired. We are happy, but just so tired. Maybe we have just become old?? Janett, Monique and I look at each other and start laughing. The comfy hug of our bedroom couch is way more tempting than those of possible strangers in Berlin bars, anyway. Sorry guys! 😀
The next morning, however, we have a good idea. The sun is shining and we make our way to Tempelhof airfield- a former airport right inside the city of Berlin!
Will this be a good idea?! It is a one-off attraction for sure: A large hole is gaping right inside the German capital city. It is the Tempelhofer Feld, an area several square kilometres large and once the city’s central airport but now taken off service. I still feel a little bit dazed, wrapped in a cosy embrace of the exceptionally warm spring sun, while our friend Monique is about to explain that many sights are given funny odd nicknames here in Berlin. At the Platz der Luftbrücke square, the monument of war is being nicknamed “lobster claw” – Hummerkralle. We also find a “Würstchenbude” sausage bin, but it is for dog poo. They do have their own sense of humour here in Berlin, don’t they?
I smile, yawning for the fresh air and squint at the lovely warm spring sun. What a beautiful morning! We have yet to see what more is waiting for us round the corner ..
A special tour called “Hidden Corners” is what you can do at Tempelhof Airfield. I really recommend it, last but not least for the dry humour of our funny guide!
If you walk up the former “Zentralflughafen Tempelhof“, head out to your right and you will find the passageway to the visitor centre. Guided tours in several languages take place regularly, we are able to join up with a group that has just started (€ 13,- per person). It leads us past the former departure & arrival halls and down into all those “hidden” corners of what used to be, a bunker during the Cold War period. I shiver: Hard to imagine the sheer dimensions of some 10.000 rooms and more than 300.000 square metres that cover the entire building mile (yes, it is that big). Every now and then, we make out graffiti on the walls “in order to pass the time while people had to hide in here from bombings during the war. Later, the Americans built entire squash rooms in here, devised archives for films and established a bug-proof command centre.” Quite unbelievable, the wealth of information (and details) we are given on this tour!
Among the culinary highlights of Berlin, we recommend you try Samowar (Russian) and Kimchi Princess (Korean). Also, combine the first with a lovely visit of Charlottenburg Palace …
Now, dear readers, I am also a 100% back on track! Food tickles my senses, having published well over 200 travel articles here focusing on “Gourmet Travel“. Yum! If good food is moreover complimented by the nice company of friends, or the visit of an exceptional cultural heritage site, then gourmet travel is what we have. Charlottenburg Palace indeed is such a site, offering a truly romantic “herstory” thanks to the owner Sophie Charlotte. She regularly invited well known artists, composers and philosophers to her palace, entertaining best relations with the nobility of her time all across Europe. The large parklands have been designed with Versailles in mind, many rooms are still heavily furnished in past splendour. The palace looks back on an eventful 300-year-history, with today’s Russian restaurant Samowar offering a welcome lunch break after a long visit. Finish your mealtime by ordering “Samowar Tea”: Instead of simple cups, they carry out a complete Russian tea set including cookies, biscuits and jam as well as beautifully carved cup holders! What a pleasant surprise – and a welcome dessert at the same time!
Keen to see more? Check out the following photo album for more impressions about Berlin as well as this year’s ITB travel trade show: