Construido bajo el mando del arquitecto estrella Renzo Piano, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden es el principal centro comercial de Berlín. El interior, un pasaje largo y aireado que ocupa varios niveles, es impresionante, a pesar de lo que les pueda parecer el diseño ultramoderno del edificio. El centro comercial cuenta con unas 120 tiendas y 16 lugares para ir a comer, la mayoría de los cuales son bastante conocidos y cuentan con sucursales en toda la ciudad, pero también encontrarán tesoros escondidos, como el salón de belleza japonés. Arkaden es uno de esos lugares que hay que ver al menos una vez en la vida.
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.
Socialist Germany was one of the last countries in the world to use steam engines. Yet the old locomotives were rapidly sidelined after the fall of the Wall in 1989 and have now been entirely replaced by modern diesel trains. This is just a part of Germany's 170-year-long railroad history. If you want to find out more, Lokomotive Fachbuchhandlung is the place to come. Founded five years ago by a railway enthusiast, this specialist bookshop sells books, videos, CD Roms, posters and magazines about trains and railways. Please check out the website for more details.
The strangest things often become collectors items and pretty much anything can be collected. This store is entirely devoted to the collectors of this world, offering an assortment of useless items like airline badges and beer mats or more useful items such as glasses and egg cups. Some things were consciously designed to be collected, such as the collection of miniature shoes known as Just the right shoe and porcelain teddy bears known as the Cherished Teddies. Naturally, the latest cult objects are represented here too; Pokémon figures and Kinder egg miniatures.
Close to the Technical University and Hochschule der Künste art college is Knesebeckstraße, a quiet street full of cafés, restaurants and chic boutiques. Yet it is also chock-a-block with book shops. Starting with Kiepert on Ernst-Reuter-Platz and ending with Andenbuch near Savignyplatz, it would take too long to mention them all. One of the most attractive bookstores is Knesebeck Elf, whose three rooms are stocked with a fine selection of paperbacks and hardbacks at reduced prices. As you may expect, the clientele consists mostly of students.
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.
While Berlin mostly a plain region it does actually boast several "hills and mountains". The Teufelsberg, for example, even has a couple of ski slopes and toboggan runs. Nevertheless, real skiers still head for the Alps. Berg Ruft, a winter sports specialist is spread over three floors of a building near Kreuzberg's Schlesisches Tor. And although large, it doesn't seem like a department store but much more like a mountain hut. The shop assistants are very helpful and friendly.