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Altes Museum

In Berlin’s “Museum Island” (a UNESCO-listed Heritage site) you will find the Altes Museum, or Old Museum in English. The name doesn’t lie, this is Berlin’s oldest museum inaugurated in 1830, and it’s one of the most important examples of neoclassical architecture in Germany. The museum permanent collection showcases art from the classical antiquity originated from the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans. Admission prices range from 8€ to 4€ for people with reduced admission fees. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6pm.


Berlin Nightlife

Berlin Nightlife is diverse and eclectic as the city itself, this means that independently of your musical or venue preferences you will always find something to please almost everyone. Clubs are usually empty before midnight, some of them don’t even open before 11 pm, so usually the locals hit the bars and pubs before heading to the dance floor. There are no mandatory closing hours, so there is a good chance that you can choose a club that remains open until the morning. Dress code for a night out in Berlin is quite casual and very few clubs impose a dress code upon admission. In Berlin you will also be able to find the famous underground clubs that only exist on weekends. This clubs are located in backyards, old warehouses, and even basements of residential buildings specially around the astern Neighborhoods of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. This clubs have very little signs and are a bit hard to spot but this is all part of the adventure. For more information about clubs please consult the following link.


The Little Traffic Light Man

This is one of those small curiosities unique to the city of Berlin, the “Little traffic light man” was created by the East German psychologist Karl Peglau in 1961. He had the idea of creating a traffic sign that could be easier to read to everyone including color-blind people. The human figure with an hat represented in a frontal position with arms outstretched and legs close together stands as a  “Don’t walk” sign while its opponent stands in profile straight-legged, signalizing “Permission to walk”. The “Little traffic light man” as it was affectionately baptized latter on, became city symbol of Eastern Berlin. It can still be seen in many pedestrian traffic lights of the city, making it easier for the visitor to tell apart the Easter from the Western side of the city.


Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. Berliners often call it simply Alex, referring to a larger neighbourhood stretching from Mollstraße in the northeast to Spandauer Straße and the Red City Hall in the southwest. Many historic buildings are located in the vicinity of Alexanderplatz. The traditional seat of city government, the Rotes Rathaus, or Red City Hall, is located nearby, as was the former East German parliament building, the Palast der Republik, demolition of which began in February 2006 and has been completed. The reconstruction of the Baroque Stadtschloss near Alexanderplatz has been in planning for several years. Alexanderplatz is also the name of the S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations there. It is one of Berlin's largest and most important transportation hubs, being a cross of 3 subway (U-Bahn) lines, 3 S-Bahn lines, and many tram and bus lines, as well as regional trains.


Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a ancient gate of the city of Berlin, rebuilt in the 18th century in Neoclassic style, it resembles a triumphal arch and it’s one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin. A former symbol of the divided Berlin, erected on the West side of the city, for many years it attracted visitors who used to climb it, so they could see a small glimpse of the world on the other side. It was on this monument that Ronald Reagan made his 1987 historical speech where he stated “Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this Wall” referring to the Berlin Wall that kept dividing the city population for two extra years.


East side Gallery

This is quite far from being an ordinary art gallery. The East side Gallery consists of a 1316 meter long wall, which is basically the longest segment of the Berlin wall still standing. Locals call it Kunstmeile (Art Mile in English) referring to the murals painted on the Wall by 118 artists from 21 different countries, celebrating precisely the end of the wall and the unification of Germany.
The paintings which still reflect the patchwork, eclectic and bohemian atmosphere of Berlin today are a mixed-bag of surreal images, political statements and graffiti-like effusions stretching from the Oberbaum Brücke to the Ostbahnhof. The murals are under heritage protection. In 2009, several pieces of the wall showed signs of deterioration due to the element exposition over the years, therefore some segments that were more damaged were restored to their formal glory. All together there are 100 works of art painted in this wall segment, making this the biggest open air art gallery in the world.  

 

The Altes Museum facade


Berlin by night
Little traffic light man or "Ampelmännchen"
 

"Alexanderplatz" famous square
 

Brandenburg Gate at night


The East side Gallery


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