Berlin (2019)

When my friend William figured out that Berlin is showing the Blue Man Group, he just wanted to have a trip to the German capital city. As a theatre fan myself, I could not say anything against a visit. Thankfully, Stage had a good offer at the time and I insteadly bought two tickets. Unfurtunately, William and I were on a budget, which is why we scheduled our visit to a weekday. We stayed in the Alper Hotel am Potsdamer Platz, a run down hotel right above a noisy night club – whereby the night club was not the problem, but the loud visitors infront of it –, which we cannot recommend, especially since there was a heat wave in Berlin and we had to try to sleep with opened windows. The show at the Bluemax Theatre on the other hand was a treat. It is a funny, very chaotic and unorthodox experience, which should not be missed when in Berlin.

The next morning, we were searching for a nice place to have a coffee and a small breakfast and found the Kranhauscafé right next to the river Spree. As we were already in the eastern part of Berlin, I showed the remains of the Spree Park to William. After a walk through the Plänterwald, whereby we surrounded the lost place theme park, we had a delightful lunch at the Klipper restaurant, which I can fully recommend.


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We have to talk about Karl

Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal

We normally don’t speak about landlords, but we have to make an exception for the Dahl family, as they started to run small amusement parks along the German coast line of the Baltic Sea. As they are also prominently represented in many areas of Brandenburg, you also have a Karls Erlebnis-Dorf (named after the grandfather Karl Dahl) located nearby Berlin in Elstal.

The Dahl family are farmers specialised on strawberries. Similar to the Staveley family of Lightwater Valley, Robert Dahl searched for ways to attract more and more people onto their property in Rövershagen, as their farm shop was running surprisingly well even after the harvest. Overall, the mixture of farm shop, gastronomy and playground was very well received. With time new ideas were added and at one point, the amusement rides were built by abc rides.


The good cooperation between Karls and the manufacturer then lead into the installation of the roller coaster K2 at Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal. Due to the success of the roller coaster, other rides then were installed at the other Erlebnis-Dorf locations and its just a matter of time till every one of them will be a go to location for amusement park enthusiast, as the location in Elstal certainly is due to its highly immersive experience.

The roller coaster K2 for example takes account for the history of the family and gives it a modern twist. In cooperation with the design team of the Filmpark Babelsberg, Karls created a roller coaster based on potatoes and it’s actually pretty good. The theming is done by perfection, but is the hardware worth the wait?

The ride starts with a descent into the cellar, where some smaller scenes were passed by. Through a small tunnel, in which you can see an underground view of the potato plant itself, we reach the lift hill of the ride. Shortly after we climbing to the top, we plunge down the first drop in a steep right-hand curve. A camelback with a nice pinch of airtime follows directly. After a small inclining curve, we quickly enter a small double-down element. In a left-hand helix and a double-up element we gain some height, before entering a small storehouse on top of the building where the block brake section of the ride is located. The speed if throttled in a relatively rough way, before we drop down once more in a right-hand curve. A large downward helix follows. After a short s-curve manoeuvre and a bend to the left, we reach the final brake of the ride. Hereupon, the train enters a second lift before reaching the exit position of the ride.

K2 is a fantastic roller coaster for families. The ride is fun and offers many exiting ride elements, which makes the roller coaster to stand out of the crowd. The only downfall is the capacity of the ride, which is basically too low for a well visited park like the Erlebnis-Dorf.

Pictures Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal

Conclusion Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal

Overall, I was very impressed by the concept of the Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal. If you are in Berlin and have some spare time, please visit this park. Just make sure you have enough money with you, as there is a high chance that you will buy a lot of things in their farm shop or have a nice meal in one of their restaurants.


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Berlin (2014)

As my friend Hauke just started his job training in Berlin, I dicided to give him a visit. After a four hour long coach journey, I arrived at the ZOB right next to the fairground of the Messe Berlin, where Hauke was already waiting. Together we spent the next days exploring the remains of the Spree Park theme park in the eastern part of Berlin, the night life, as well as other attractions of the city. We also saw the musical Hinterm Horizont together, which I can fully recommend to everybody.

During the time Hauke was at work, I also went onto a guided tour by Sandeman’s New Europe, which I can also fully recommend. As always the guides of Sandeman’s New Europe are doing a great job explaning every bit of the 2 1/2 hours walk without being too superficial as other companies often are. Although our walk never guided us to far from the Regierungsviertel, there were many interesting stories to tell.

As the tour ended nearby the cathedral Berliner Dom, I also had a look inside the church. Even if you are not interested in any kinds of religion, a look inside the Berliner Dom is worthwhile. The tour also leads you to the roof of the church, where you have a great 360° view onto the city. It is actually a far cheaper alternative to the Berliner Fernsehturm at Alexanderplatz.


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