This time we had a hotel on Friedrichstrasse, close to the same named Subway and S-Bahn stations. The vibrant area is in the former East Berlin, the capital of the defunct socialist Germany controlled by Russia, proudly named DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik/GDR: German Democratic Republic). Today this area reminds of New York´s Time Square.
Berlin lacks the skyline you can see in the US and an in Asia. The city sprawls over a vast area and is more comparable to Los Angeles than to New York City. Thanks to history - which had split the metropolis over 4 decades - the city has 2 hearts and a lot of local centers. German´s re-unification was the occasion and inspiration to create a new and very modern city which is still going on, causing a lot of construction. The face of Berlin also is shaped by lots of immigrants, especially from Turkey. And the place is very green thanks to a lot of parks, lakes, riversides and a large forest right in the center (Tiergarten).
Modern, Fast & Efficient
But anyway, Berlin is surprisingly walkable thanks to a mass transport system - U-Bahn (Subway), S-Bahn (urban railway) and Straßenbahn (streetcar) - which is very modern, fast & efficient and brought us swiftly to our destinations.
This times we skipped most of the amazing museums & historical places (here an overview of our 2014 visit Berlin) and focused on the ubiquitous art galleries which are spread all over the city. And we tried some of the original pubs of course.
My wife and I believe that we have to come back more times.