Last Saturday ISSP (International Student and Scholar Programs) offered a great sightseeing tour. We visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the Government Buildings and Martin Luther King Memorial. And we saw a lot of other sights on the bus tour: Coca Cola World, Georgia Aquarium, Martaret Mitchell’s House, CNN Headquater, Olympic Village at Georgia Tech and the Turner Field Baseball Stadion. Watch the pictures!
Yesterday a few friends and I went to see the exhibition Linz Texas A City Relates at the Austrian Museum of Architecture in Vienna. After some traditional Austrian lunch at Siebensternbräu we walked up the stairs at the South Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The view from up there is fantastic; you can see pretty much all over Vienna. Here are the pictures! At about 3pm we started the tour through the Schönbrunn Zoo. Overall, just another lovely and culinary day in Vienna!
We spent the last day of our Berlin trip in Potsdam at the Palace Sanssouci, where we had quite a few guided tours. We’ve seen the kitchen, the wine cellar, the main castle and the orangery. The orangery probably was the most impressive one.
After all the guided tours we walked around in the lovely gardens. At about four o’clock we went back to Berlin, where the girls went shopping at the famous Kurfürstendamm and Peter and I went to see the Berlin Victory Column and had dinner. For departure, we met at 7.45pm in the hostel and went together to the train station Berlin Zoologischer Garten. We left Berlin at 8.56pm with the train EN 429 Spree-Donau-Kurier. Good night!
Our third day started pretty relaxed at 9.30am. We walked over to the nearby Imperial Palace Charlottenburg where we participated in an audio tour which lasted around 90 minutes. Afterwards we strolled through the thoroughly maintained gardens which we exited at the northern end and continued our journey from the train station “Jungfernheide”.
On our way to the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens, Department Store of The West), we took a picture of an Ampelmännchen (little traffic light man), which is an iconic ambassador of Berlin! It became the symbol for the Ostalgie.
Unfortunately, the KaDeWe was closed because of the public holiday Pfingstmontag. To the very disappointment of my female co-travelers we just took a few more photos. Anyway… after a decent lunch and some ice cream at the Sony Center, which was just a few stops down the road with the subway, nobody cared anymore :). Luckily, there was a hotspot! I was so glad to have access to the world wide web!
After this quite extensive break (because of the hotspot), we visited the DDR Museum which is next to the cathedral. Although it presents serious matter its concept is very entertaining and engaging; it’s fun to visit. After spending about one and a half hour there, we walked along the Spree, Monbijoustraße and Oranienburger Straße to the Hackeschen Höfe (Wikipedia, German available only; official site). After visiting the courtyards full of local shops and boutiques we had coffee at the Ampelmann Café and– luckily again–internet access!
After a short refreshing break back at our hotel we went back to the Sony Center and had dinner together at the Australian restaurant Corroboree. Afterwards we enjoyed a cocktail across the square at Alex. Peter and I had just enough time to capture the impressions with our cameras before we caught the last subway back to our hotel. Elisabeth, Peter and I went out again to have beer and wine at the pub next door where Peter and I were yesterday. It ended up being a very long night…
Today I visited the exhibition “Propaganda And Manipulation”, where political placards from Upper Austria in the period 1918 to 2008 are shown. I highly recommend this exhibition. It is opened till June 26.
Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00