The city's most colourful residents
You'd be forgiven for assuming the distant squawks were just the sound of over-excited shoppers because, let's face it, tropical birds are the last thing you'd expect to find anywhere near Berlin's Kurfürstendamm.
But amid the glass and steel of the Neues Kranzler Eck, a glitzy commercial space just off Berlin's premier shopping street, an easy-to-miss 'bird garden' is home to a wide variety of parrots and other exotic species.
The two aviaries in which they reside - sculptural, towering cones - provide an impressive match for the surrounding architecture, but it's the brightly-feathered inhabitants that easily take centre stage.
And with the birds hailing from all over the world (much like a new generation of Berliners themselves), this tucked away attraction brings an unexpected touch of the exotic to even the city's gloomiest days.
Bird Garden / Volierengarten: Neues Kranzler Eck, Kurfürstendamm 22, 10719 Berlin (entrance also via Kantstrasse or Joachimstalerstrasse)