Brandenburger Tor at Sunset
Finally got round to fulfilling a promise I made to myself 15 years ago – return to Berlin.
I was there when I went Inter-railing in between lower and upper sixth. We’d had some trouble with the border guards arriving by train from the Czech Republic – the old: “have you been to Germany before” “No, but my grandad popped over quite a few times” joke.
Potsdammer Platz was Europe’s largest building site, the East Berlin tourist hotspots still had shell damage and I wasn’t old enough to visit any bars.
So I said – give it ten years and I’ll come back. took me 15.
Now Potsdamer Platz is immaculate and all the tourist spots have road works around (they’re building a new Untergrunt Bahn along Unter-den-Linden). Plus there’s all those weird overground bright coloured sewers.
Enjoyable weekend – even if the Geheime Staats-politzei building is hard to find.