David Farley
8 minute read
10 Nov 2019
11:44 am

36 hours in Berlin

David Farley

Dinner for two is about 50 euros, including beer or wine.

Karl Marx Allee, which started life as Stalinallee, Stalin Boulevard, is lined with monumental structures designed to showcase the glories of Socialism.(Andreas Meichsner/The New York Times) — ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-TRAVEL-TIMES-36-BERLIN-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

On Nov. 9, 1989, the East German government made a surprising announcement: It was OKeasing travel restrictions on its citizens. East Berliners flocked to the nearest border crossings at the Berlin Wall, especially at Checkpoint Charlie, the famed crossing between the divided Berlins. Not long after that, Berliners from the east and west began chipping away at the literal and metaphorical wall that had separated them for nearly three decades, since the Soviet-backed East German government erected the concrete slabs that split the city in two. The Cold War was over. Well, sort of. Today in Berlin you can still...