Berlin – Part 5 – Brandenburg, Underground and Into the Wyld

We dubbed the next day “the train day”, because we parked the car and then took the U-Bahn (underground train) everywhere we needed to go. It turned out to be much faster and easier to take the U-Bahn than to take the car and always have to worry about traffic and parking! We enjoyed another amazing day full of interesting sites, good food and ending with an indescribably beautiful surprise from our hostess that we never dreamed of experiencing.

Our sight-seeing itinerary included the famous Brandenburg Gate, the 4.7 acre site of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and a fascinating 2-hour tour of the Berlin Underground which took us through the history and stories of the people who, from October 1961 until 1982, dug more than seventy escape tunnels underneath the Berlin Wall, helping over 300 citizens of the GDR to escape to the West.

From there we made our way to a wonderful restaurant called the Mirchi Singapore Restaurant where we enjoyed delicious curry and other Indian-fusion dishes.

Then Kerstin and Janine took us to the Friedrichstadt Palast, an enormous (in fact the biggest in Berlin) theater, where we watched the incredibly breathtaking show called “Into the Wyld“. With over 100 artists performing, we were mesmerized by this feast for the eyes, combining memorable music, poetic acrobatics and a captivating story-line. There were moments of exquisite beauty that brought tears of gratitude and joy to my eyes…I was profoundly grateful for being there to watch this amazing gift unfold before us! Unfortunately, we were not allowed to use our cameras in the theater, so all I can do is provide a second link here for some tantalizing photos to give you a glimpse of the extravaganza we enjoyed.

So here are the pictures that I DID take throughout the day. Though, again, I was not allowed to take pictures during the 2-hour tour of the Underground either. Hmmm. I apologize for the lack of pictures of both of those big parts of our day, but here’s what I DO have.

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A food kiosk in the U-Bahn (underground railway) station. It was difficult to resist.

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We were fortunate to have such wonderful breakfasts in the mornings, that even these luscious pastries didn’t tempt us, much. But they’re pretty to look at.

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Janine and Kerstin…with Henryk, Janine’s friend in the U-Bahn in Berlin.

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Janine and Henryk on the U-Bahn in Berlin

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Kerstin with amazing balance in the fast-moving U-Bahn in Berlin

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Janine, Kerstin and André in the U-Bahn in Berlin.

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André and Sharon in the U-Bahn in Berlin

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The U-Bahn station for Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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The U-Bahn in Berlin (notice the artwork on the trains)

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The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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Beautiful detailing atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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Another shot of the Brandenburg Gate…lots of people there that day

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Henryk, Janine and André at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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Sharon and André at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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Kerstin, Henryk and André at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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This is the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” in Berlin

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(Info from Wikipedia) At the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe site in Berlin, there are 2,711 concrete stelae of various heights, organized in rows, 54 rows going north-south, and 87 rows heading east-west. It was a stark, sobering sight.

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A photograph of the plaque at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

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Janine and Henryk mapping our route to the next stop, in the U-Bahn station in Berlin.

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Kerstin enjoying some sustenance on the U-Bahn in Berlin

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A blurry André, because the U-Bahn is moving so fast.

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André and Kerstin heading into Berliner Unterwelten for a tour “under the Berlin Wall”. No photographs were allowed from this point on.

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After our 2-hour underground tour, we relocated the car to a parking lot close to the theater we were going to later that night. This gold-domed building was close to where we parked.

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Another photo of that gold-domed building, not sure what it is.

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Beautiful flowers greet us at the Mirch Singapore Restaurant in Berlin.

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The Mirchi Singapore Restaurant in Berlin is spacious and popular, and serves delicious Indian-Asian-fusion food.

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Lots of red decor at the Mirchi Singapore Restaurant in Berlin.

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Approaching the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, which boasts itself as having the largest stage in the world.

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This is the show we watched that night at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. An extravaganza of music, acrobats and breath-taking dancing, called “Into The Wyld”.

Another photo of the cast of "Into the Wyld" warming up.

The dance troupe of “Into The Wyld” incorporated their warm-up into the show itself. This is the only time we were allowed to take photos.

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Another shot of the cast of “Into The Wyld” warming up, as more cast members join in.

This photo gives a glimpse to how enormous the theater is, at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin

This photo gives a glimpse as to how enormous the theater is, at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.

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Sharon and Kerstin in front of the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin

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Last glimpse of the Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin

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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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5 Responses to Berlin – Part 5 – Brandenburg, Underground and Into the Wyld

  1. Those pastries look fabulous! I’m not sure I could have resisted, even if I had just eaten!!

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  2. Wow…you are on a roll! Not just a sweet sugar roll! lol…. Thank you again for posting the link to the WYLD show. If it weren’t for you, we would never have found out about it. They aren’t advertising in any newspapers, and there aren’t any organized bus tours to the show. That is highly unusual. they must be doing great business by word of mouth. Anyway, we plan to go, Thanks to you! The monuments in Berlin are mind blowers. I’m so glad you were able to see so much!

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    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad that these posts are helping you and Herbert! That’s wonderful. I hope you do get to see Into the Wyld, it was an amazing extravaganza. Are you going to go to Berlin to see it?

      Berlin was rich in history and architecture…I’m glad too that we got to see so much! xoxo

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