In order to use up some leftover vacation days from last year, I went to Berlin for a couple of days to explore parts of the city that I hadn’t seen yet.
My trip began with a stopover in Potsdam and a walk through the city center as well as a stroll through the “Neuer Garten”.
Thankfully, the weather was amazing (and should stay this way for the remainder of the trip).
In the garden, I was surprised to stumble across Cecilienhof Palace which hosted the Potsdam Conference after WWII.
Additionally, there was an interesting building called “the pyramid” which turns out to be a giant fridge from the 18th century.
Afterwards, I drove to Berlin to check in at my hotel. The Next day should bring me back to the Potsdam area, though, because I wanted to visit the Teufelsberg.
I had some time to kill until the area would open and therefore, I went to check out the Wannsee first. I was a little disappointed since I was expecting a more accessible lake and it looked like many parts were blocked by the - currently closed - public bath, yacht clubs, or private properties.
On my way to the Teufelsberg, I stopped to say hi to William I at the Grunewald Tower.
Then, I finally arrived at the Teufelsberg to walk around in the remains of the old U.S. listening station there. While it was abandoned for quite some time, it is now officially used again and visitors can roam the area (after paying an entrance fee) and look at the art that was created there.
The view from the top is great and I could see the Grunewald Tower again in the distance.
To be honest, I had hoped to see some old abandoned tech there but it looks like everything besides the actual buildings is gone. Nevertheless, the visit was fun and I’d absolutely recommend it.
The next days, I spent in the center of Berlin and started with a visit to the Soviet War Memorial at the Treptower Park.
On another day, I went to have a look at the architecture in the Hansaviertel…
…to find a church with very questionable architecture that looks like Jesus' loading dock.
The last day ended with a stroll on the flea market at the Mauerpark with surprise cherry blossoms.