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Winterfeldplatz is a famous historical place in Berlin. There are many landmarks here such as the Catholic Church of St. Matthias and many old historical buildings which are preserved by the people. The Winterfeldplatz square is famous for its weekly market as it is one of the largest in Berlin. Fresh products and cheap accessories are available here. There are many food stalls here offering a variety of cuisine. On weekdays this square open for people to skate, play hockey and it is also famous for bookshops which are of different variety. There are many cafes and pubs here too.
The sign over the door advertises religious and second hand articles and on entering the shop you'll find precisely that. As well as huge church candles and postcards of the pope, there are hundreds rosaries, crucifixes, religious paintings and diverse articles from holy places all over the world. There is also an extensive choice of books including bibles, novels and books based on religon. Behind the fonts and models of St.Peter's Cathedral, there is a flight of stairs which lead up to the second hand department. So for some good artifacts or curios one can head straight to Ave Maria.
Wierd and wonderful wigs, outrageous feather boas and historic ballgowns are only the one side of la bottega. For while the shop is popular with artists, transvestites and bohemians, even the average consumer will find a warm leather jacket or woolly jumper for the first frost. The second-hand section has a rich selection of items ranging from twenties tweeds to seventies suedes in a relatively confined space. The backroom offers hire-costumes such as an award-winning snowman's outfit and an original ballgown from 1804.
The Berliner Trödelmarkt, one of Berlin's oldest flea markets, has become increasingly popular over the years, and prices have risen accordingly. However, if you are any good at haggling, you may be able to find a nice memento to take home with you at a bargain price. Most vendors are professional collectors and many stalls offer genuine antiques and real rarities. The range of goods on offer includes pretty much everything under the sun, with books, records, clothes, crockery, furniture, toys, East German nostalgia and Berlin memorabilia to choose from. The market stretches from Ernst-Reuter-Platz to Tiergarten S-Bahn station. At the adjacent crafts market you will find a plethora of fresh and creative pieces to choose from.
Descending the staircase into this second hand shop is pretty wierd, but the further in you get, the wierder things become. Passing shelves lined with multi-coloured wigs, cupboards full of original thirties clothes and rooms dedicated to plastic furniture, telephones and sixties bubble lamps, this place typifies that sort of craziness which you'll only ever find in Berlin. Named after a 1966 film by Russ Meyer, Faster Pussycat has a second branch called Tenderloin in eastern Berlin.
Very popular and often crowded, Checkpoint sell a massive range of '70s clothes and accessories, from Charlies Angels to Starsky and Hutch, funky to fashion disaster, you'll have fun looking, and may find a real bargain. The shop interior borders on the psychedelic, and good buys include bellbottom trousers, leather jackets and long coats, nylon shirts and A-line skirts.
Some travel guide must have covered this little shop in Bergmannstraße, as it has become particularly popular with foreign visitors in recent years. Fortunately, it hasn't lost any of its charm, and still sells the same great selecion of second-hand American fashions. The big things at the moment are the stripy T-shirts, V-neck sports shirts, US Army trousers and blue boiler suits. Yet this shop stocks pretty much everything that fashionably old-fashioned Berliners love to wear: corduroy bell-bottoms, suede jackets with fur collars, baseball jackets, hooded sweat shirts and the like. A special section is dedicated to more glamorous outfits.
It may seem hard to believe that one of Berlin's trendiest second-hand clothing boutiques is to be found in such a drab location. To get there, one must go through a courtyard and up a flight of stairs that seem better suited to an office block than a bohemian haven. On finding Colours, visitors may feel paralyzed by the overwhelming choice and quantity of clothes on offer. A cavernous room crammed with innumerable rails of clothes of all styles makes this an appealing destination for shoppers of all tastes: from fashionistas to bikers looking for decent leathers. Hideous items that no one in their right minds would touch are hung alongside jaw-dropping bargains, making a visit here a real treasure hunt. The beguiling offer of a 30 percent discount on Tuesdays between 11a and 3p makes this shop ideal for a midweek stop. -Thomas Miodrag