1. Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 129)

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    -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Schloss Charlottenburg (English: Charlottenburg Palace) is the largest palace in Berlin and was originally commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III (later known as King Friedrich I) in the late 17th century, expanded in the next century and restored after World War II. Behind the palace is a vast garden, including a waterways, a fountain, a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theater, a pavilion and an orangerie and a few statues. For this video I focused on the exterior of the palace and the garden. Next week I'll show you the insides of the palace. What started out as a gorgeous blue-sky autumn day perfect for filming, unfortunately turned a cloudy grey day. So even though it wasn't Kaiserwetter (Kaiser's weather), I hope the royal atmosphere of the place still comes across. A little detail that intrigued me: the Asian wedding couple getting their photos taken. It reminded me of being in Central Park in Manhattan. A detail you might find intriguing: the statue of Fortuna on top of the palace is a weather wane - turning with the wind (and not with the hours as I had originally understood). The music is: Handel - Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings, and Continuo allegro (Advent Chamber Orchestra) / CC BY-SA 3.0 For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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    • My favorite Berlin park: Südgelände - In A Berlin Minute (Week 128)

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      -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Excited to share with you a new discovery that has immediately become my favorite park: Natur-Park Südgelände (south area). This park was once a train yard (more specifically a classification yard or marshalling yard), which has developed into a fascinating mixture of nature, abandoned train remnants (tracks, trains, buildings) and art (graffiti, sculptures). In a way the quote by Karl Ganser in the beginning of the video, and found twice in the park, says it all: "Die Kunst ist der nächste Nachbar der Wildnis" (= Art is the closest neighbor to wilderness). Of course, this park reminds me of one of my favorite places in New York City: The High Line, which is a bit more designed and of course in the middle of the urban environment of the metropolis. If you are in Berlin (or will be here in the future), I highly recommend visiting the park. The best time is probably right now as the leaves change and add to the beautiful color display of the rusted metal, the red squirrel and the lively urban art. The main entrance is at the S-Bahn station Priesterweg (southern exit). It's open every day from 9 a.m. til dawn. The admission is 1 EUR. The song "Secret Powers" is a brand new song by my dear and talented friend Jason Matherne. Video for The High Line: http://movingpostcard.com/high-line-park/ Jason Matherne's music on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goonygoogoo-Productions/321663465094 "Secret Powers" on Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Secret+Powers/4QTaMD?src=5 For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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      • U1 U-Bahn Subway - In A Berlin Minute (Week 127)

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        -- http://www.movingpostcard.com -- The elevated U1 subway line became famous through the 1980s musical Linie 1 by the Grips-Theater. For a long time the train only ran in West Berlin. Now it connects West Berlin's Charlottenburg and Kreuzberg with East Berlin's Friedrichshain via the beautiful Oberbaumbruecke over the Spree River. In this video I concentrated only on the section between the stations Kottbusser Tor and Warschauer Strasse (with Goerlitzer Bahnhof and Schlesisches Tor in-between) - in both directions. This is the lively section that connects the popular (especially at night) neighborhoods of East-Kreuzberg (SO 36) with Friedrichshain. Also it shows some great views of Goerlitzer Park, Schlesische Strasse, Spree, East Side Gallery, Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Lausitzer Platz, Oranienstrasse (with street art by ROA) and of course Kotti (Kottbusser Tor) itself. The song is called "Bound To Go" by The Mirrors from Gainesville, Florida. Please check out their Facebook page and give them some like: facebook.com/themirrorsgville For this 1-minute video I doubled up speed of the view out of the window and only showed a few excerpts. You can watch the full ride back and forth at regular speed here: http://youtu.be/7m_OmB7JEME?hd=1 For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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        • 1989 Peaceful Revolution Churches - Kirchen der Friedlichen Revolution - In A Berlin Minute (126)

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          -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- These are the five churches where people of East Berlin gathered, organized protests, printed materials, prayed and held vigils... until in November 1989 "The Wall" finally opened and the regime change started in earnest. In days like these, when there are so many uprisings that are answered by violence, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on a positive aspect in German history: The Peaceful Revolution of 1989. In short, the Peaceful Revolution was the non-violent uprising of the people of East Germany during the 1980s (mainly the fall of 1989) to express their displeasure with their government, which severely oppressed their freedom. It led to the overthrow of the DDR (GDR) government. The main events started with the Monday Prayers and demonstrations at the Nikolai Church in Leipzig (encouraged through Glasnost/Perestroika in the USSR, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and long-time organizing through the Church) and eventually led to people in Berlin climbing the wall on November 9, 1989. Of course, there are a lot more details and aspects to consider. I highly recommend to read up on the events to be reminded that some things can be resolved in a peaceful manner. Because I only have one minute to work with, I decided to skip explanatory text in the video - and instead of showing a lot of the historic locations of these events, exclusively focus on the Berlin churches involved. These churches are the locations where Atheists, Christians and people of all different spiritual beliefs came together to pray, hold vigils and organize. The churches in order of appearance: Gethsemanekirche (Prenzlauer Berg - Stargarder Straße) 

Elisabethkirche (Mitte - Invalidenstrasse) 

Zionskirche (Mitte - Zionskirchplatz)

 Bekenntniskirche (Treptow - Plesser Strasse)

Samariterkirche (Friedrichshain - Samariterstraße) If you want to explore the locations of the Peaceful Revolution, I recommend checking out the list and photo series from the official Berlin page (link on my blog). The song is "Sheltering Sky" by Cassis and Boxerin. Check out Cassis' music website: http://www.filmmusicvision.com A little inside information, the guy walking towards camera in the first church is my friend David from the andberlin blog, who just by chance was wearing a T-Shirt featuring the image of people climbing the Berlin wall. That had to make it into the video. For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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          • Viktoriapark, Kreuzberg - In A Berlin Minute (Week 125)

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            --- http://www.MovingPostcard.com --- Viktoriapark is an urban park, which opened in the Kreuzberg neighborhood in 1894. Its significant sights are the monument on top of the hill commemorating the liberation war during the Napoleonic Wars in and the artificial waterfall cascading down the same hill. The park is also popular for its high views of Berlin, sunset lawns and, of course, a beer garden. My personal favorite is the statue "Der Seltene Fang" ("The Rare Haul") by Ernst Herter, which I'd consider the sexiest statue I've seen in Berlin so far. Although I'm curious if others can be suggested. The other two statues featured I'd like to call the zombie and the vampire. The beautiful music is called "Swinging Senses" by my friend Cassis & The Sympathies. Check out her music website: http://www.filmmusicvision.com I'm dedicating this video to my friends Erni (aka HammerharterErni) and Digilinus, who have been through a lot lately and have been so gracious to me. Stay strong, Digi. Bleib stark, Erni. http://www.youtube.com/digilinus http://www.youtube.com/hammerhartererni For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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            • Berlin Street Art 2012 (East) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 124)

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              -- http://www.movingpostcard.com -- For this third annual Berlin Street Art video (the others: Week 18 in 2010 and Week 68 in 2011) I let Berlin blogger and street art photographer David Yates take me on a tour through Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte and Friedrichshain (all former East Berlin neighborhoods). He didn't just know where to find them, but he also knew a lot of the artists. Check out his blog AndBerlin for more street art images and Berlin posts. Because I found too many great pieces, I made two decisions: 1 - there'll be another extended version one of these days; and 2 - I'll make another 1-minute video about street art in the former West Berlin neighborhoods... [which you can now find here: Street Art (West Berlin) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 136) http://movingpostcard.com/street-art-west-berlin]. Some of the artists whose work is in this video: El Bocho, Alias, Alicé, Mr. Fahrenheit, tona, Robi The Dog and... who can name the others? The music is: Caught In The Beat (Broke For Free) / CC BY 3.0 http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Slam_Funk/Broke_For_Free_-_Slam_Funk_-_04_Caught_In_The_Beat AndBerlin Blog: http://andberlin.com Berlin Street Art 2010: http://youtu.be/6f4Ag5_krF4?hd=1 Berlin Street Art 2011: http://youtu.be/BbhNHZROx9g?hd=1 Brooklyn Street Art 2011: http://youtu.be/M4KfF6Q_95I?hd=1 For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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              • Berlin Calessino Tour with Expat Bloggers - In A Berlin Minute (Week 122)

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                -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Such a fun way to see Berlin: being driven around in an APE Calessino with two beautiful expats. A wonderful flashback to riding in a tuk tuk through Bangkok. Last week expat travel blogger Cheryl Howard (@cherrysberries) invited me and expat twitter queen and Berlin blogger Sandy Hathaway (@SandyInBerlin) to go on a tour with Lino City Tours through Berlin. We went through Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukoelln. Seeing all kinds of traditional sights: e.g., Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, TV Tower, Potsdamer Platz, Oranienstrasse, etc.) - and witness lots of Berlin characters: boom box music video shoot chick, window washer, juggler... and our expat friend and 6Wunderkinder wizard Mark Bate (@markbate). When Cheryl has her blog post up about the tour I will link from HERE. The cheery song is "HEY!!" by Florida band The Mirrors. Cheryl Howard's Blog: http://cherylhoward.com/ Sandy Hathaway's Blog: http://sandyinberlin.wordpress.com/ The Mirrors: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goonygoogoo-Productions/321663465094 Lino City Tours: http://www.lino-city-tours.com Cheryl on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cherrysberries Sandy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sandyinberlin Cheryl on Instagram: http://statigr.am/cdngrrleh For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                • 24-Hour Berlin Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)

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                  -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- The view from the tallest building in Berlin (Hotel Park Inn by Radisson) over the course of 24+ hours squeezed into just under a minute offers quite a display of the sun and clouds chasing each other across the Berlin sky - with all the important sights below and the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the tallest structure in Berlin, standing dramatically in the foreground.   Originally I was only going to film from sunrise to sunset but then I let the camera roll and was excited to discover a few special visitors at sunrise the next morning...    This was filmed on Monday, August 20, which must have been the hottest day of the year.    At first I was quite disappointed about the haziness and the grey sky (compared to the beautiful white clouds against a blue sky on other days this past week), but when I watched the footage and saw the rain clouds roll in I was redeemed. If you look closely you can see the TV tower get wet and the moisture evaporate. If you stop the video, you can even see raindrops on the window.    By the way, spending the hottest day (and two nights) at the hotel with air conditioning (not something common in Germany) had its own special benefit.  I don't know why the camera frame keeps jumping. It wasn't set on autofocus. So I can only imagine it had something to do with the aperture changing or that the building's window was moving from air pressure. The song is called "Angry Farmer" and was written and produced by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions.  If you'd like to experience this view with your own eyes, get yourself a room at the Hotel Park Inn, which kindly provided me free room to shoot this video. You can also head up to their rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy the view as captured by David Yates on his AndBerlin Blog during our location scout last week. --- Hotel Park Inn: http://www.parkinn-berlin.de Jason Matherne / Goonygoogoo Productions: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goonygoogoo-Productions/321663465094 AndBerlin Blog: http://andberlin.com For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                  • Siegessäule (Victory Column - Goldelse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 120)

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                    -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Siegessäule (Victory Column) and especially the Viktoria Statue on top, which Berliners like to call Goldelse is one of the outstanding landmarks in Berlin and should be on everyone's must-see list. It's located inside Tiergarten and was built between 1864 and 1873 based on a design by Heinrich Strack. Of course, it's about winning wars. I won't indulge. The reason I will always be so fond of the Siegessaeule and especially the Viktoria is the film Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, my favorite film. Now that I have finally made it up to the top of the column, I was able to finally see what the angel saw: Der Himmel Uber Berlin. As much as the view was amazing, I doubt I'll ever make it up there again. My mild case of claustrophobia and fear of heights was tested in the staircase and up at the top. But it was well worth the trip. It was great to have my friend Andre van Lier visit from Hamburg and walk through the frame. I like it when my friends make it into the videos. The song is called "Pegasus 13" and is by none other than Jason Matherne (https://soundcloud.com/goonygoogoo-productions). For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                    • Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 119)

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                      --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- The Olympic Village in (Elstal) Berlin was the first brick-on-brick Olympic village and is therefore the oldest Olympic village still in existence. It was built for the 1936 Olympics. From the beginning it was conceived to be a military base for the German army - before and after the Olympics. After the end of World War II it was used as a Soviet military base until 1992. This explains the mixture of old German buildings and more recent Soviet buildings and the propaganda art work on the walls being also from Germans and from Soviets/Russians. The Olympic Village is easily reached by regional train from Berlin to Elstal and a 2km walk. The Village is open every day from April to October. While you can walk around without a tour, I highly recommend paying the 5 Euros and getting access to the buildings and all the inside information from the knowledgeable tour guide. More info: http://dkb-stiftung.de/web/Das_Olympische_Dorf_von_1936.32.htm The music (not my taste, by the way) is the actual Olympic Hymn from 1936. Music composed by Richard Strauss and lyrics by Robert Lubahn. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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