September 2020

Summer Party Extended: Pierau Planung – A Fortna® Company in Berlin

Not quite the grandeur of the Charlottenburg Palace, but last weekend in Berlin, Germany’s capital city, we made the most of the late summer when from September 4 to 6, 2020, we painted the town red!

On Friday evening, after arrival (traffic jam included) and check-in, we made our way over to the Private Roof Club near the East Side Gallery. A delicious dinner at lofty heights provided the perfect prelude to our city break.

Saturday started with a tour of the city: Victory Column, Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Red City Hall - nothing was left out. Rumbling tummies were successfully calmed with an East Berlin curry sausage from the renowned Konnopke’s Imbiß (the original currywurst since 1930!).

Moving so freely from the east to the west side, as we did during our sightseeing tour, would have been completely unthinkable up until 30 years ago and this was illustrated most movingly in the exhibition ‘DIE MAUER - Living with the Death Strip’. On the wall between Kreuzberg and Mitte, the artist Yadegar Asisi, illustrates in his 3D panorama the oppressive normality of his life on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s.  A retrospective that impressed us all, even including our colleagues who were too young to remember a divided Germany!

The afternoon continued to impress with an ascent via two opposing raised ramps to the spectacular glass dome of the Reichstag. Inside the dome, the hazy figures of the Bundestag delegates could just be made out on the glazed surface - we would have loved to see more than just reflections! However, the wonderful view over the rooftops of Berlin more than made up for it.

We spent the evening in the plush but kitsch living room of ‘Wild Matilde’ in the Nikolai quarter. Entertained with circus acts, singing and burlesque comedy, we were spirited away into the magical world of the 1920s to the 1940s.

The ‘grand finale’ of our three-day summer festival was a boat trip, in which the two largest cities in Germany, namely Hamburg and Berlin, were connected in a most charming way.  We sailed 23 km along the Spree and the Landwehrkanal in an old Hamburg barge, under numerous, architecturally diverse bridges, past districts such as Moabit, Tiergarten and Neukölln. Our delightful city guide, Waltraud, generously shared with us her knowledge of ‘her city’; even assuring us that Berlin has more bridges than Hamburg!  Of course, such a claim had to be checked on the spot and, courtesy of Google, our Managing Director Björn Brunkow was able to refute this directly. “Well, it was worth a try, wasn’t it?” Waltraud asked, as we all had a good laugh at her tall story.

So, to wrap up our weekend excursion, we spent three richly varied, informative, fun days, peppered with colorful activities and unique characters. It was a pleasure being with all of you!