Berlin 80's

#1
On the pish yesterday in Alexander platz and was trying to remember the names of two sites located there from my younger days in the city (late 80's). One was the department store on the SW corner (full of DDR goods and I can recall purchasing was some russian dolls and carl Ziess binos!), now the Kaufhaus and the other location was the big hotel, now a Park Inn.

Any you old cold war warriors help, thinking of Brotherton Lad/Roof Rat?
 

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#3
Both ring bells. Centrum was like Argos without the wonderful customer service.

May have some dodgy photos from the mid 80s and will look in the morning.
 
#4
sure i saw both places when i was on the way down to do some swimming at the local leisure centre....think it was called Mon Cheries........well they did have a bath in there and always came away with a sweat
 
#6
Lunchtime meal dressed in 2s, we gave a tip that was more than the meal cost.
Went back in the early evening, great long queue of locals. We went to the back, but restaurant head honcho came out to us saying "Gentlemen, your table is waiting". Steaks and wine, dirt cheap and loads of. Excellent service.

Never has tipping been so worthwhile.
 
#7
Berlin in the 60s, US style:

[video=youtube;bMckfMFHMPQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMckfMFHMPQ[/video]
 
#8
Visiting Centrum was a peculiar experience, in that you discovered within a few feet of passing the entrance that nobody in East Berlin used any form of deodorant, and the store wasn't airconditioned. I bought a number of things there - a tent, and camping gear which I used for a few years (and still have), and a number of woollen rugs, which shrunk spectacularly. Better shopping was to be had at the place nearby which sold optical gear, when it was available.

The hotel was a favourite of the Sov Intelligence services for trapping the unwary visitor; a large area was given over to their surveillance suite, and the ladies in the bars were extra special.

Edit: When I was there the GOC (possibly Tilda Swinton's dad?) decided that to deprive the Easties of leather footwear by buying in the East at the lower prices was immoral, and an edict was issued that nobody should do so. Didn't see the attraction, myself.
 
#9
sure i saw both places when i was on the way down to do some swimming at the local leisure centre....think it was called Mon Cheries........well they did have a bath in there and always came away with a sweat
You must have been taking a really scenic route if you went from Spandau to Stutti via Alex!
 
#11
Isn't/wasn't Mon Cheries in "Grotty Chatlotty"?
Its in Stuttgarter Platz which is in the Charlottenburg district, just around the corner from Charlottenburg S-Bahn station where the BMT terminated in Berlin.

Yup, I guess you could call it "Grotty Charlotty" as there were a number of similar "Establishments" in the district.
 
#12
Its in Stuttgarter Platz which is in the Charlottenburg district, just around the corner from Charlottenburg S-Bahn station where the BMT terminated in Berlin.

Yup, I guess you could call it "Grotty Charlotty" as there were a number of similar "Estabishments" in the district.
Is it still going?

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, the memories.
 
#16
During my time in the Hauptstadt (Over 5 years),I managed to avoid going over to East Berlin,as often as I could!

I can count the number of times on 2 hands,and still have fingers left over,to be honest I thought it was a shit tip,and full of Poles,much prefered the rest of the DDR,nicer architecture,nicer people and,nicer prices. :meditate:
 
#17
Still there:

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I see the P&SS covert operator is still lurking there, too.
theres things you did and places you visited many a time in your Army career you cant really explain ....this establishment and the Sin Bin in med Hat are prime examples.....as said i always thought this place was a swimming BATHS
 

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#19
I wonder if one of the Berlin experts could clear something up for me?

My exs father was serving in Berlin cir 69 - 71 ish and she has told me that while she and her dad were in the KaDeVe one day a terrorist device was deployed on one of the upper floors.

I can`t find any details about this supposed attack anywhere so she might be mistaken as she was quite young at the time. (about 13)

Does it ring any bells?
 

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