Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

On our last night in Berlin we decided to head down the Oranienburger Strasse not too far from our Mitte base. I knew it had been the heart of the old Jewish settlement in Berlin back in the 19th and 20th centuries and that amongst the hub of restaurants, clubs and bars were some memorials of the past.

We decided to walk from our hotel by the Spree River (which took us about 20 minutes or so). So far the street seemed fairly unremarkable and we were debating which restaurant to go into when we came across the “New Synagogue”Β . Originally built to serve the growing Jewish population coming from the east into Berlin in the mid 19th century, it has been restored in recent years and has a poignant inscription on the front.

New Synagogue Oranienburger Strasse Berlin

Inscription On The Front Of The New Synagogue Berlin

The translation (by me) is as follows:

“This synagogue is 100 years old and was set on fire by the Nazis on 9th November 1938 in Kristallnacht.Β 

During World War 2 (1939 – 1945) it was destroyed in 1943 through bombing attacks.

The front of this House of God should remain for all time a place of reminder and remembrance.

Never Forget

Jewish Community of Greater Berlin – The Board

September 1966

Jewish services are once again held in the New Synagogue. Most of the building, however, houses offices and a museum.

We felt it fitting to go into the next door building, Cafe Orange, for our dinner. Situated in a lovely old building, Cafe Orange took us back into Berlin’s pre war heyday with jazz music accompanying our meal in the background and posters of the original cafe decorating the walls (with faded ochre paintwork).

 

It was a wonderfully relaxing meal and a great way to spend our last evening in Berlin. We’d been walking all day though so decided to catch a tram back to our hotel (they trundle up and down Oranienburger Strasse linking Hackescher Markt with Friedrichstrasse).

One slight word of caution – Oranienburger Strasse is probably not the best place to take young children or anyone easily shocked out at night, as it is one of the centres of Berlin’s perfectly legal red light trade. You may need to explain why a number of ladies are standing on street corners wearing thigh high PVC leather black boots! We felt, however, perfectly safe – just exercise the usual safety precautions that you would do anywhere if out at night.

The journey back on the tram was a chance to sit back and enjoy the night lights of Berlin. We’ll certainly be coming back again at some point to this wonderful and vibrant city!

 

 

Copyright Β© 2017 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose. All rights reserved

8 thoughts on “Oranienburger Strasse – Mitte Berlin

  1. You are certainly giving me a taste for Berlin!

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    1. Glad to hear that – love Berlin! Don’t think I’d ever get tired of going there!

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  2. I loved Berlin. I was meant to go again last year, but fell pregnant, and it was meant to be a kids free weekend with friends! I have to say we never rode the tram! Must do that next time we return!

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    1. Hope you get back to Berlin soon Ting! At least it was a lovely reason that you couldn’t go if that makes sense?! Hope all’s going well with your family πŸ™‚

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  3. What an interesting way to spend your last night in Berlin Rosemary and what a mixture – a synagogue, lovely cafe and those ladies in the boots!! Still chuckling about that and the questions parents might have to attempt to answer if they found themselves there!!

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    1. I think this really sums up Berlin, Joy, the fact you can get all these elements in the same place and somehow it seems perfectly harmonious! I think there would be a few perplexed parents if they weren’t forewarned though! Our daughter was in Berlin a couple of weekends ago and loved being back there again. She Skyped us from a cafe in Kreuzberg where she was having breakfast – looked very relaxing!

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  4. That is a touching inscription. And your descriptions make me want to visit Berlin!

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    1. Thanks Susan – Berlin is a wonderful city! The memorials are very moving – so important to remember and never forget. Berlin is a vibrant place where they remember the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future! πŸ™‚

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