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1. Posted by Queenslander (Budding Member 12 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I will be in Berlin Germany on the 28th October till 31st oct this year ,going to visit checkpoint Charlie ,Brandenburg Gate ,museums ,what other points of interest do you recommend ,we also want to go to Sarah Weiners restaurant,has anyone been to her establishment,I used to watch her cooking shows when on Television.cheers:):):)

2. Posted by Queenslander (Budding Member 12 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Forgot to mention we want to see what is left of the Berlin Wall ,can anyone tell me where it is and if possible what street it is on ,Cheers.

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 946 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I can't comment on that restaurant but I have some ideas for sights to see.

1. The East Side Gallery - a stretch of the old Berlin Wall that has been restored and decorated with a series of murals by artists from all over the world
2. To see an unrestored section of the Wall, go to the Topographie des Terrors - a sort of outdoor museum, which has been developed on the site of the one-time headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, the principal instruments of repression during the National Socialist era. I wrote in my old Virtual Tourist review of this place:
'Here, between 1933 and 1945, the most important institutions of the Nazi terror apparatus operated from the Secret State Police Office, the Reich SS Leadership, and the Reich Security Main Office. These buildings were largely destroyed by Allied bombing during early 1945 and the ruins demolished after the war. When the city was divided this street, then known as Prinz-Albrecht- Straße, was one of several that had the boundary running down the middle, so when the Wall was constructed it followed that line, dividing the street. The south side, renamed Niederkirchnerstraße, lay in West Berlin, and the Wall that sealed it from the East still stands, the longest stretch of this outer wall still remaining (other long stretches, such as the East Side Gallery and in the Mauerpark, are of the inner wall). This section of Wall is interesting because, unlike elsewhere, it has been left exactly as it was after the assaults on it in November 1989, with exposed iron and crumbling concrete. You can almost sense the hands that wielded the tools that caused these scars ...'
3. The Holocaust Denkmal or 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe' - both the outdoor Field of Stelae and the information centre below ground. AGain from an old review:
'The Field of Stelae covers a large area in the centre of the city, not far from the Brandenburg Gate and the former Berlin Wall. It was designed by Peter Eisenmann and opened in 22005. It consists of 2,711 concrete blocks set on a slope, all of different sizes – no two are alike. They appear to flow and undulate in waves, especially if viewed from a distance. There are no plaques, inscriptions, or religious symbols on the blocks. You can walk between the blocks , and as you do so you discover that many are much taller than they seem to be from the edge of the monument. Soon you find yourself walking between blocks that tower over you. You feel lost in the labyrinth. Now and then your path crosses with that of another. Architect Peter Eisenman has said that he wanted visitors to feel the loss and disorientation that Jews felt during the Holocaust, and that was certainly my sensation – even to wondering if I would easily find my way out.'
4. Panorama Punkt - public viewing terraces on the 24th and 25th floors the Kollhoff-Tower, a skyscraper at Potsdamer Platz, with great views of the city
5. Mauermuseum: the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. I don't recommend Checkpoint Charlie itself, which struck me as a tourist trap with actors posing as guards for selfies - no real border guard would be likely to pose like this, especially on a border so heavily sealed as the Iron Curtain, so these Checkpoint Charlie photos give a false image of Cold War Berlin, and an inaccurate one of today's city. But the nearby museum is excellent and worth a visit to get a sense of the bravery of those who attempted (and some succeeded) to escape to the West.
A final tip - if you want to visit the Reichstag book in advance online - we didn't and were unable to get on a tour.