Teirgarten and Alexanderplatz

Since the weather was great again today (actually slightly hot) I decided to spend it outside and wander through the Tiergarten.  It’s like Central Park and has multiple monuments and statues throughout it.  In the middle(ish) is the Victory Column.  I didn’t realize until I got to it that you could actually go into it and climb to the top.  It was a bit tricky to figure out how to get to it since it’s in the middle of a very large intersection (traffic circle?).  I finally found a tunnel entrance that took me to the center of the intersection.  I figured it would be free since I didn’t think there was much to it but it was 3 Euros. When I got in I realized how big the thing was.  There is a decent sized exhibit when you enter and then you can climb the stairs to the first viewing area (where the red columns are).  Then it’s a lot more steps to the top.  The view at the top is great though and it was much cooler than in a cement stairwell.

I figured I would be through the Tiergarten in no time but I actually spent a few hours wandering through it.  By the time I got through it all it was early evening.  It was suggested I check out Tierpark (not to be confused with Teirgarten) but it was too late for that.  Instead I headed back to Alexanderplatz.  Since it was Friday evening there was a good chance that there would be stuff going on.  I had a beer (or two) and watched some of the street performers.  They had all sorts of things going from musicians, to chalk artists on the street, and even a bunjee jump thing from one of the tallest buildings.  It was definitely more active than when I strolled through the first time.  After that I decided to wander through the city a bit until I came across some public transit and found my way home.

Once I got home I did book a plane ticket though.  I’m flying from Berlin to Cologne to visit some friends.  Should be interesting battling the airport again.

One Response to “Teirgarten and Alexanderplatz”

  1. Barbara Fisher

    It seems you had a great day and are seeing a great deal of Berlin. It also appears you have mastered the transportation issues. I envy you having the time to see all that the city has to offer. How is the food? Have you been to a beer garden or grocery store?