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Photos From My Phone – May

Here are my May highlights from Berlin as illustrated by the photos I took with my phone.  Some of these photos have appeared in my Twitter feed, on my Facebook page or my Instagram account.

Early in May I went back to Burger de Ville and tried the Funky Pommes, which come drizzled in Garlic butter and topped with parsley – I recommend you try them for yourself.

Funky Pommes at Burger de Ville in Berlin

I finally made it to see the Wannsee in daylight and it was so good I made a second trip and both times I stopped for a drink in the Biergarten at Loretta am Wannsee.

Beer in the Biergarten at Loretta am Wannsee

And I was joined by an uninvited guest…

Hornet  on a beer glass in the Biergarten at Loretta am Wannsee

Street Food Thursday has become one of the highlights of my week and I was back again almost every week in May.  The sandwiches at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ are just that good.

Pork Belly Sandwich from Big Stuff Smoked BBQ at Street Food Thursday at Markthalle IX in Berlin

I spotted this drunk Octopus looking for a fight at Burgeramt

Drunk Octopus looking for a fight at Burgeramt in Berlin

A brief spell of sunny weather (a false summer) meant that the flowers started to bloom in all their glory.

Summer Blooms in Berlin

I took a wander around the Hansaviertel for the first time in ages and marvelled at the architecture.

Balconies in the Hansaviertel in Berlin

Mauerpark is only a short walk from my flat so I made my first (of many) visits of the summer to the Bearpit Karaoke.

Bearpit Karaoke at Mauerpark in Berlin

I spotted a beautiful old Ford Falcon parked on Paul-Lincke-Ufer…

Ford Falcon Details

And I was back at Mauerpark to take in the sunset

Sunset From Mauerpark in Berlin

Fingers crossed and thumbs pressed (even though doing both at the same time is painful) that June’s selection will involve a lot more sunshine.

Berlin From Above: The Sunset From The Fernsehturm

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to take a VIP trip up the Fernsehturm in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz and to make it even more special I got to watch the sunset form Berlin’s highest vantage point.

I had been out for the afternoon with my friend Bine doing the Schnitzeljagd (Scavenger Hunt) around the Berlin of the middle ages.  The Schnitzeljagd is part of Berlin’s 775th Anniversary celebrations, which also includes an exhibition celebrating the City of Diversity on the Schlossplatz.

Berlin and the River Spree from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

I had been up the Fernsehturm once before during a holiday in 2010 but I have to say that getting the VIP treatment (no queuing necessary) made this extra special.

At 368m high the Fernsehturm (German for TV Tower) dominates the skyline in Berlin, a generally flat city, and is therefore a useful landmark to navigate by.

The lifts take just 40 seconds to reach the observation deck, travelling at approximately 6 metres per second, which somehow doesn’t feel fast at all, and from there you have a wonderful 360° view of Berlin.

The Volksbühne and surrounding area in Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

It was strange to look down on the Sun Deck of the Park Inn Hotel, another great place to look out over Berlin, which is where I watched the sunset for this post.

The Park Inn Sun Deck (Dachterasse) in Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

As we had spent much of the afternoon on the Schnitzeljagd, the light was already beginning to change when we climbed the Fernsehturm and it wasn’t long before Berlin was bathed in a beautiful golden light.

Golden light over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

And not long after that the sun began to sink and gold turned to orange.

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

Once the sun dipped below the horizon, a pinkish hue appeared in the sky.

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

This was a magical experience and I will certainly return to the Fernsehturm to take more pictures in daylight.

If you’re in Berlin, it is well worth visiting the Fernsehturm to see spectacular views over Berlin and if you can time it so that you get to see the sunset too, you won’t be disappointed.

Sunset Over Wannsee

A swan shows off for the camera during the sunset over the lake at Wannsee in Berlin

After spending the sunny part of Saturday being silly and getting sunburnt at Slow Travel Berlin’s sports day for adults, the Slowlympics, watching the sunset over the Wannsee from a small sandy beach was a relaxing way to end the day.

Berlin has many lakes and on sunny summer days Berliners flock to them to sunbathe and swim.  Wannsee is the first Berlin lake that I have visited (unless you count drinking at Café am Neuen See in the Tiergarten) but James and Zoë from überlin make a compelling case for a trip to Schlachtensee.

The sunset over the lake at Wannsee in Berlin

The sunset over the lake at Wannsee in Berlin

The sunset over the lake at Wannsee in Berlin

The sunset over the lake at Wannsee in Berlin

Waterskiers make the most of the day's last light and swans swim in the foreground during the sunset over the lake at Wannsee in Berlin