Useful and favorite links Hidden places:
Holiday flats in Berlin:
Home brewed beer in Friedrichshain:
The charming shop and coffee place in Kreuzberg:
Hiking trails around Berlin: ausflugstipps
The best place to get a feeling of the former Iron Curtain. Sitting at the Freischwimmer you glance into the “Flutgraben” a small canal and former border between Kreuzberg (West) and Treptow (East). Even a communist watch tower can be reached across the street. Enjoy the view from the porch in summertime or from the fireplace during cold winters. It’s like the countryside....but it’s Berlin.

Vor dem Schlesischen Tor

Heraldic animal of Berlin to be found not only in one of the two zoos of the city but also in a special small castle of his own--just in the middle of the old city.

Am Köllnischen Park (near Märkisches Museum) in Berlin Mitte

Not far from the bears: here is the craddle of Berlin. Two small villages - Berlin and Cölln - united more than 750 years ago. Take a walk along Fisherman’s Island.


The Prater is one of Berlin's traditional public houses with a big beer garden.

Kastanienallee, Prenzlauer Berg

Wicker chairs give the feeling, but no trouble with sand and sea. One of the favorite places for young urban professionals.

Strandbad, Kleine Hamburger Straße

One of the typical places for a former West Berliner to spend a sunday afternoon was Nikolskoe. On a walk through the forest with boars along the Havel one had the feeling of countryside.
The Heilandskirche in Sacrow/Potsdam; due to the church's exposed situation right on the Havel, on GDR territory but outside of the wall, it could not be visited from 1961 to 1989 and slowly dilapidated. Nowadays it is a real treat to visit the reconstructed church and the neighboring park.
In the small town of Rheinsberg, about 100 km Northwest of Berlin, Tony Torrilhon shows his objects from wood and paper. The printing press is 200 years old and - just like himself - from France.
By the way, our favorite hideaway in France
In Ver, 1400 km West of Berlin, Sabine and Rainer Dörr rent flats in different sizes in a little hamlock located on the Cotentin peninsula, Normandy.