On the 5th of September, half of our Mob!ler group were let loose on the streets of Berlin. In an attempt to discourage us, the weather which had been really hot (reaching an awesome 28 degrees at times during the week we have been here), took a turn for the worst and the heavens opened, and the rain fell!
Armed with umberella’s, our waterproof Mob!ler jackets and caps – we were up for whatever Berlin had to throw at us!
Our first port of call was the German Bundestag (Parliament) which is housed inside the impressive Reichstag Building. The dome at the top offers a really nice panoramic view of the city, including such sights as the Brandenburg Gate, The memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin’s Bell Tower, The Federal Chancellery and the Charit? Hospital.
We were given an audio tour, which allowed us to gain an insider knowledge of the history of the building, as well as the sights and amazing facts it had to offer. If you’re thinking of visiting Berlin, you should definitely visit this impressive structure – just remember to bring your passport if you want to go inside and up into the dome, as security is tight.
Next we headed to Potsdamer Platz, where Samsung have 2 large advertising billboards. In the main Platz, immediately opposite a partial section of the Berlin Wall (and the guard who will stamp your passport for you), there was the advert for Samsung’s Smart Televisions which are on display at the IFA. Towards the rear, is the poster advertising one of Samsung’s newest additions to their smartphones – the Wave 3 running Bada 2.0.
Pretty much as soon as we reached this spot, the rain poured down, so we were forced to seek shelter inside the subway. Which also meant it was a good time to take a break and grab a bite to eat – at a conveniently positioned Subway restaurant. I tried a Chicken Fajita sub – which we don’t have in the UK! It was really very tasty!
Once the rain had subsided, it was time to attempt our first mission! Our mission was to take a fun picture here with the Wave 3 advertising board. Our idea was to use our bodies to spell out Samsung Wave 3. Trying to work out how to form all the letters properly caused much amusement, and was really fun.
Our attempt can be seen below:
And an outtake video of us trying to form a Roman Numeral 3 (III) can be found here :
Having spent a number of days in Berlin at this stage, we had seen the rather bizarre sight of a 7 seater bicycle (6 passengers plus the driver) on several occasions and decided this was the perfect opportunity to give the bike a whirl. After paying our ?1 each, we mounted the bike and was given an extremely funride! It’s definitely worth a go if you’re in the city just for the experience!
Splitting our team in half we got given directions to the quickest way to get to Checkpoint Charlie from our former bicycle driver and set out on our way, only really stopping to allow a statue head to make a phonecall on my Samsung Galaxy S2!
We quickly realised after a little while the ’10 minute walk down the road’ was not turning out as planned so we grabbed some help from Google Maps to help steer us back on course! On the way there, we came across Das Berliner Gruselkabinett – an old wartime bunker that had been turned into a “Scare House”. Not that we were scared or anything but we decided not to go in!
A little further down the road we came across the ruins of an old station, that was used as a deportation site for Jews to the Ghetto’s and then onwards towards the concentration camps! Truly terrifying stuff!
Just a little walk before Checkpoint Charlie, there was an open air museum / exhibition devoted to the terror that occurred in Berlin between 1933-45, which was backset with the Berlin wall!
It didn’t take us long from here to reach Checkpoint Charlie!
After leaving Checkpoint Charlie, we wandered around Berlin a little more, taking in the sights, taking a few photo’s, before heading on to Alexander Platz, in the hopes that we could grab a few Berliners and talk about Samsung mobile devices with them.
The weather didn’t exactly make it easy for people to want to stop and chat with us, so we opted to head into a local electronics store, Saturn, and chatted with a few of the customers, as well as one of the mobile phone sales reps. We gained some interesting insights!
By this time, we were very tired and I’m not sure my feet would have continued on. So we decided to call it a day after grabbing a bite to eat at Dunkin’ Donuts and head back to our Hotel for some much needed rest.