quattro GmbH & The Berlin Wall
The real goodies at the Audi Forum were downstairs at quattro GmbH, the place where a prospective Audi owner can turn an already luxurious Audi into something completely unique. From exterior color chips to leathers, woods and other trims, the basement of the Audi Forum was filled with a multitude of ways to express individuality through one's automobile. There was a bright red RS4 there (quattro GmbH produces the RS4), but even more intriguing was a very dark burgundy colored A8 L with 20" RS4-style wheels and a completely customized interior. For the most affluent Audi owners out there, this car is proof that if you can visualize it then quattro GmbH can build it.
After a complete day of sightseeing -- automobile and otherwise -- in Germany's capital city we set out on the final task of finding the Berlin Wall. Unfortunately this turned out to be more of an effort than initially expected. Using German language tourist maps picked up in a hotel and some distant memories from history classes in years past, the S8 got some additional city miles as we traversed the city. Also, for those wondering, the navigation system does not include the wall under local attractions. We eventually ended up near Potsdamer Platz.
Once one of the busiest crossroads in Europe, Potsdamer Platz was known for its luxurious hotels and restaurants during the 1920's. Having suffered almost total destruction during WWII, the Postdamer Platz was later to be divided in two by the Berlin Wall. For many years the area was completely deserted, but today it is bustling with people and construction. From the futuristic-looking steel and glass architecture of the Sony Center (the company's new European headquarters) to the nearly-completed (and massive on any scale) U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, Potsdamer Platz is a alive with offices, apartments and an urban attitude.
Amidst the construction we found what we believe to be a small remaining section of the wall. There may be others standing in Berlin and there are certainly complete sections in museums, but the pictures below show what we turned up. Overall Berlin is a city that deserves more than a half-day's visit. If we had not have been on such a tight schedule we definitely could have spent more time there.