Auf Wiedersehen

“Goodbye” to Berlin for now. Till the next time.                       Two notable meals – both Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants. Restaurant Renger-Patzch serves well executed traditional regional German cooking. The other is Restaurant Nussbaumerin – serving traditional Austrian dishes. Both worthy of a try!   For my second visit to Berlin, I stayed at the Sofitel Kurfurstendamm. Location is great, close to both the U and S Bahn stations and a major shopping street. Rooms are generous sized and the amenities and service is good.

Schloss Charlottenburg

Schloss Charlottenburg is Berlin‘s petite Versailles – a gift to his wife, Sophie Charlotte, in 1699 from King Frederick I of Prussia. The opulent baroque summer palace has a facade that was partly modelled on Versailles and adorned with Attica-style sculptures. The palace was in near complete destruction in World War II.                                      

Zurück nach Berlin

After four years, “Back to Berlin“! This trend-setting German capital knows how to show visitors a good time and that is the reason I have returned. Whether one comes here for the art, the Wall (or what’s left of it), the food or the nightlife, Berlin will excite and entertain!           The Alte Nationalgalerie is one of the galleries I was not able to visit the last time I was in this city. With a collection of 18th to early 20th century masters in a backdrop as magnificent as the works on display.            …

Berlin ist Wunderbar!

Berlin is wonderful! Close to 25 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin is a mix of trendy and grit. The city welcomes its future as an international centre for avant-garde culture, art and media while it enjoys a major re-birth post-communism. As its mayor famously quipped “Berlin is poor, but sexy!” Gemaldegalerie is Germany’s must-see art gallery housing a vast collection of European art, including many by the Old Masters. One will certainly enjoy viewing pieces by Boticelli, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer and many more without the crowds. The Wall and its Art I stayed at the…

Berlin – Reichstag

The Reichstag is where Germany’s Federal Parliament (Bundestag) sits. The last meeting here was in 1933 and returned in the spring of 1999. British architect Sir Norman Foster was behind the transformation that included a striking glass dome addition. The cupola or dome is now a Berlin landmark and it signalled a new era of modern architecture in the city. Ramps on the dome lead to an observation deck – it symbolizes the people ascending above the heads of their representatives in the chamber. At its core is a light sculptor that reflects natural light into the chamber, while a…


The capital city of Germany, Berlin is the country’s largest city with a population of 3.5 million. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the city has seen so many changes. Two Berlins that had been separated for close to 30 years have become one bursting with energy. The Berliner Dom or the Berlin Cathedral is a neo-Renaissance cathedral built in 1905 with an opulent interior. It was damaged by the British bombardments in the 1940s, but restored and reopened in 1993.