On our first full day in Berlin, we walked all. day. long. around the city. First stop: The Reichstag, where we took a few pictures and had a pretzel we bought from a vendor on the street for one Euro…one of the cheapest deals we’d seen this entire trip. Next up: The Brandenburg Gate. Very impressive to see in real life. It reminded me of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs d’Elysees in Paris because of the way it was set at one end of a busy street. After a stop at Starbucks (literally one on every corner in Berlin…felt like NYC!), we made our way to see the remains of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Obviously, these remnants are a reminder of the difficult years that Germany has been through, but seeing them in real life truly puts it into perspective.
|Remnants of the Berlin Wall|
|Dali Art Gallery|
Our second day in Berlin, we had planned to visit the Charlottenburg Palace and the Olympic Stadium. After a stop at the palace, I was exhausted from a combination of the heat and being sick (I caught a cold as soon as we got to Berlin…), so we decided to take a bus to the Stadium. We got ON the right bus, but we got off at the wrong stop. Conveniently near a Starbucks. So we stopped in and used the free wifi while we were there (it’s the only place that has free wifi!) to look up information on the stadium. As I was researching it, I found out that it was closed that day for an evening concert. Since we had made our way to the opposite end of the city, we had trouble finding a direct bus route back to our hostel. After several mix-ups, a subway, and a train later, we were back at our hostel. So, our last day in Berlin was spent becoming familiar with the transportation system…ha.
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