Overview of trips to Berlin
In the spring of 1984 René visited Berlin for the first time. The trip was by car, and went via the Border checkpoint Helmstedt-Marienborn trough the DDR to West-Berlin. René also made a day trip by car to East-Berlin, via the Checkpoint Charlie crossing point at Friedrichstrasse. The mandatory purchased East German marks were used to visit the television tower (Fernsehturm), and for coffee and – what turned out to be a rather distasteful – cake from the rotating restaurant in top of the tower. The cake wasn't further touched.
Potsdamer Platz 1984
West view from Fernsehturm 1984
Early 1991 we flew from Berlin Schönefeld Airport for holiday to Beijing. It was a few months after the German reunification on 3 October 1990. We spent one day in Berlin.
Brandenburger Tor 1991
Checkpoint Charlie 1991
In 1995 we visited Berlin to view the wrapping of the Reichstag by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The wrapping began on 17 June 1995 and was finished on 24 June. The spectacle was seen by five million visitors before the unveiling began on 7 July.
Christo, wrapping Reichstag 1995
Brandenburger Tor 1995
In the summer of 2005 we visited Berlin with the family when we were on summer holiday in former East Germany (see Berlin, Jena and Prague trip report). It was the first time we took a plane with us for the entire holiday. We used a video camera on this trip, and we have put some videos on YouTube.
At the Berliner Rathaus 2005
Potsdamer Platz 2005
In the weekend of 24/25 October 2008 René, Louis, Fernando and Ben made a trip to Berlin to fly to the historic Berlin Tempelhof for the last time. It was the final weekend Berlin Tempelhof was open before it was closed permanently on Thursday, October 30 at midnight (see Farewell Tempelhof trip report).
Approaching Tempelhof 2008
Tempelhof terminal 2008
René and Veleda visited Berlin in the weekend of 22/23 September 2012. We travelled via Berlin Tegel airport, which was scheduled to be closed as soon as the new Berlin Brandenburg airport (partly Berlin Schönefeld airport) was going to open (see Weekend trip to Berlin trip report).
Temporary Humboldt Box museum 2012
Veleda with the Berlin Cathedral 2012
Flying trips to Berlin:
- Trip to Berlin, Jena and Prague, July 7/18, 2005
- Farewell trip to Berlin Tempelhof, October 24/25, 2008
- Weekend trip to Berlin, September 22/23, 2012