It may be mid October, but Berlin has enjoyed a weekend of wonderful weather and colour. And we have made the most of it.
Last night we had front row seats to Berlin’s Festival of Lights. We were on a boat tour along the River Spree with our German friends, whom we met whilst living in Denmark. We boarded the boat at 6pm from near Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (main station).
We slowly motored up the Spree taking in some of the city’s most famous sights including the Reichstag (German Parliament), Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, and the famous Oberbaum Bridge, which links the trendy areas of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg .
It was dark at around 7pm so it was on the way back that we really got our money’s worth. Among the highlights were the projections on the Bode Museum and the new Humboldt Forum. But I always enjoy sailing up through Friedrichshain and seeing the area around the East Side Gallery. And as we motored, our boat was also projecting images of the Berlin Bear and the Brandenburg Gate. This made us very popular with passersby, who were watching from the tow paths and bridges.
After our two hour boat trip was over, we walked back to our flat, taking in the spectacular Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral).
Today our friends encouraged us to enjoy this warm October and join them on a walk. Officially we were still in the Berlin area, but we drove for an hour and finally ended up on Wansee (one of Berlin’s famous lakes) opposite Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island).
It was glorious – the sunshine, the water, the leaves in all their autumnal splendour and of course the company. It’s been wonderful to see and enjoy Berlin in full colour.
I was at the same festival last Friday. I absolutely loved it. ❤ I made my way from the Fernsehturm over the Museumsinsel all the way to the Brandenburger Tor. It was beyond beautiful to see the city covered in color by night. The Berliner Dom was one of my favourite stops as 20 different countries interpreted the building with lights and colors (differently, obviously). So beautiful. I also marveled at the streetartists, who decorated their instruments with lights. I can't wait to go again next year!
I am glad you to got to join in on a true Berlin-experience. Enjoy your time in Germany! Make sure you stop by at Potsdam. It will not be a day wasted!
Thank you for your comment and for the extra info. I didn’t know that about the lights and colours projected on to the Berliner Dom. We have been to Potsdam but definitely plan to go back. I’m told the Christmas market there is great.
Since I am from Potsdam, I can tell you from years of experience: Yes, it is. It’s definitely not as crowded as the ones in Berlin. 🙂