As many of you are aware, I just returned from a two week trip to Germany (including a day trip to Salzburg, Austria). It was an incredible trip, and over the next few weeks, I want to share some stories from my trip. Along with film, traveling is another huge passion in my life, and I feel lucky to have the ability to go on trips and slowly experience the world.
The first five days of my trip were spent in Berlin. In addition to seeing many museums, a palace, and the zoo/aquarium, I went to two concerts, and a film and television museum.
The Airborne Toxic Event
I’ve been a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event for many years now. I love the depth and emotion in their lyrics, and I think lead singer Mikel Jollet has one of the most interesting and beautiful voices in music today. But, I’d never been able to see them live, as they’ve never come to Winnipeg. Well, it turns out they were playing a show in Berlin on the day that I arrived, so I bought a ticket the moment I found out. They were playing at a rather small club venue that was standing room only, and I arrived quite early so I was able to get a really good spot. The opening band was a German band (I didn’t catch their name, unfortunately…), and I really enjoyed them, but during the approximately 30 minutes between the opening band and the main event, I really started to feel the jet lag. I ended up sitting on a step in the club and had a little doze – haha! Of course, the moment The Airborne Toxic Event came on I pepped right back up and danced the night away. It was an amazing show, and I’d love to see them perform again.
My second evening in Berlin brought me to the Berlin Philharmoniker. I’d never been to a symphony before, and I thought this trip would be a great time to go for the first time. I really enjoyed it – but I was incredibly tired from a day of wandering around Berlin, as well as the remnants of jet lag, so I was fading in and out a little bit during the show. Nevertheless, to my musically untrained ears, the music was performed beautifully, and the sound quality in the concert hall itself was excellent.
Boulevard Der Stars
Berlin has its own Walk of Fame called the “Boulevard Der Stars”, and it was located near the concert hall, which itself was located near Potsdamer Platz. I came across it after the symphony and took some photos of some of the people I admire:
I was pretty excited when I came across Brühl’s star! So excited, in fact, that I took the world’s worst selfie with it…
To paint a picture of just how ridiculous I looked here – I was wearing a skirt at the time, and was sitting on the ground trying to angle myself in a way that I could get my face in the photo. I wasn’t particularly successful, but I have to laugh at how this photo turned out.
Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Museum for Film and Television)
This museum was also located near Potsdamer Platz, and I saw it the night I went to the symphony and vowed to return. This museum, as the name suggests, is dedicated to German film and television. The very lovely and helpful staff at the museum found my presence to be quite a curious thing, and I was asked several times where I was from. I don’t think they expected a Canadian to be interested in the museum, but as a cinema lover, I had to go! It was a very interesting museum (I skipped the television part, but the film portion was very thorough and captivating). It focused quite heavily on Fritz Lang, including an exhibit on Metropolis, as well as on Marlene Dietrich. There were artifacts, including letters, costumes Dietrich wore in films, and photographs, among many other things. There was also a section on more contemporary German cinema that included set pieces, props, costumes, storyboards, and scripts from several contemporary films.
It was an excellent museum, and one of many surprising finds in Berlin. I was glad I found it and visited.