Of course, the city itself makes a good impression. I loved the fact there was no traffic! Can you imagine Warsaw having all roads passable? When I was going to the airport down Al. Krakowska... I spent 30 minutes to cover the distance of only 4 km. Isn't it a disaster?
Anyway, we were staying in Potsdamer Inn, which was a nice place to be as the hotel was very well located and we had very easy access to the city center by the Berlin underground system.
Our nearest metro station was Bulowstrasse :)
I have to say that I really liked the underground system. It is clear and well organized although I really prefer the London Tube. The metro in Berlin is a bit boring and colorless when you come to think of the Tube.
No music, no clapping, no street entertainment... You just arrive at the place and ask yourself the question: Is this all? Besides... almost nobody wanted to take pictures with the soldiers... The atmosphere was a bit disappointing... Anyhow, we were able to enjoy ourselves in Berlin's restaurants and cafes :) as well as in some of the city's museums and churches, especially on the Museum Island... We also enjoyed one of the boat trips on the Spree river although the audio played during the trip was absolutely factual and blunt and it was a challenge to listen to all the numbers, dates and the like...
Ok, ok... I may sound a bit of a grumbler, but I want to say that I really enjoyed my stay. What I'm trying to do here is to analyze and compare what I have experienced visiting all other cities in my life. I hope it's kind of natural to study your trips and you can't really avoid making comparisons, can you?
I am absolutely aware of the fact that each and every city has its pluses and minuses, including London :) In spite of this, I just feel I need to leave some feedback on my stay in the German's capital :) still trying to keep the right balance between the good and the bad sides of the city :)
Alright, just to end this longish post on a positive note :) let me say a few things about two other things I really liked about Berlin. First, I want to mention the best place, IMHO, in Berlin which is called Checkpoint Charlie. This is a great place which marks one of the best known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Being at that point made me feel really sorry for all the people, who like me had to live under the Russian regime without any prospects of growth, freedom, development, etc. I visited the nearby museum and got to know of all the dramatic stories of people trying to illegally cross the paralyzing border. The place is really worth recommending, especially to East-European visitors to Berlin.
And finally rickshas... I felt like in Łódź! They seem to be as popular as the metro, the bikes or the buses there! Rickshas are a great alternative when you don't feel like walking too much and still want to have a breath of the city :)