Call Of The Wild

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

No, that wasn't a ptero­dactyl you just spot­ted. The bird with the enor­mous wing­span that soared across the sky was a crane. Ev­ery au­tumn, the con­ti­nen­tal crane fol­lows a mi­gra­tory flight path over Ger­many, start­ing from its breed­ing ar­eas in Scan­di­navia and north­ern Europe and end­ing at its win­ter sanc­tu­ary in Spain. Along this route are sev­eral im­por­tant stopovers, or roost­ing sites, where they gather in spec­tac­u­lar num­bers. Storchen­dorf Linum, about an hour's drive north­west of Ber­lin, is one of the best crane-watch­ing spots in the coun­try, with bird pop­u­la­tions re­ported to be a record 100,000 in 2014. Bird­ing Ber­lin of­fers English-lan­guage bird-watch­ing tours around the re­gion. www.bird­ing­ber­ T: 039 88852584 MUST SEE Be­tween 1945 and 1989, more than 20,000 peo­ple sus­pected of op­pos­ing the East Ger­man po­lit­i­cal sys­tem were ar­rested by the Stasi (se­cret po­lice) and brought to this cus­tody build­ing. In its first and dark­est years, the prison’s cel­lars, known as “the sub­ma­rine,” were used to in­flict psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture on the in­mates, while the rel­a­tively more hu­mane cells are on the up­per floors, next to a seem­ingly never- end­ing cor­ri­dor lined with in­ter­ro­ga­tion rooms. Tours in English on Wed, Sat, and Sun at 2:30pm. € 5/2.50. en.stiftung- Gensler­str. 66. T: 030.98608230. S Landsberger Allee, then Tram M5 to Freien­walder Str., then 10- minute walk. Off Map

To­pogra­phie des Ter­rors

MUST SEE On the site of the for­mer head­quar­ters of the SS and the Third Re­ich’s most im­por­tant of­fices, this per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion re­counts the tragic history of Nazi forced la­bor, fo­cus­ing on the cen­tral in­sti­tu­tions of the SS and Third Re­ich po­lice and the crimes they com­mit­ted through­out Europe. A pre­served seg­ment of the Ber­lin Wall runs along ex­hi­bi­tion grounds. To Jan 3: Ger­many 1945: The Last Months of the War. Daily 10am– 8pm. Free.­pogra­ Niederkirch­n­er­str. 8. T: 030.2545090. U Kochstraße, S+U Pots­damer Platz. E4

Trä­nen­palast (Palace of Tears)

Un­til 1990, the de­par­ture hall of the Friedrich­straße sta­tion was also a bor­der cross­ing for West Ber­lin­ers on their way home af­ter vis­it­ing rel­a­tives and friends in the East. The many painful farewells brought lo­cals to re­name the build­ing the “palace of tears.” The per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion Bor­der Ex­pe­ri­ence: Ev­ery­day Life in Di­vided Ger­many re­counts the ef­fects of the bor­der on Ger­man res­i­dents of the time. Tue– Fri 9am–7pm (Sat–Sun un­til 6pm). Free. Re­ich­stagufer 17. T: 030.46777790. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

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