Ibis Berlin Spandau
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Today I was left to my own devices and caught the bus from Emma and Ash's to Anhalter Bahnhof and walked to Checkpoint Charlie, the third of the three checkpoints where there was a crossing between the Soviet East Germany and American West Germany. The Checkpoint itself was very touristy with people dressed up as American soldiers. The open air exhibit told the story of the wall and the numerous escapes and failed escapes. From here I tried to go ...
... era.The buildings that housed the Gestapo and SS headquarters were largely destroyed by Allied bombing during early 1945 and the ruins demolished after the war. The Berlin Wall here was never demolished. Indeed, the section adjacent to the Topography of Terror site is the longest segment of the wall.
Checkpoint Charlie has a picture of a Soviet soldier on one side of the billboard, and ...
... and it took even longer as Frau took us in the opposite direction! Unfortunately, I did not buy anything here as it was sooooo expensive(e.g. Simple shirt for 100 euro). We all had lunch, I had 4 macdonalds nuggets and a spring roll that Sarah did not want! Meanwhile Frau tried to reschedule our organised Berlin Walking tour, but our guide was fully booked for the rest if the week! So we continued on to meet him to start our 2 hour ...
... a tradition in Germany, and Sweden too I have discovered. Every single year the same scene is aired on television. It is in black and white and looks quite old. The scene begins with a butler setting a table for many guests, however there is only one, a lady who appears to be the manor of the house. The butler continually trips over the tiger rugs as he pours more and more wine for the 'guests' (which he actually drinks himself) it is a ...
... gestures helped and my tenses were definitely wrong. Ah well.
To start we headed around Museum island though couldn't really afford to go in them. But they're incredible buildings. They're also right next to the Berlin cathedral which is magnificent. Afterwards we headed down Unter Den Linden, a famous boulevard which used to link the Brandenburg Tor to the Prussian Palace. At the end, obviously we got to the Brandenburg gate. That's pretty awesome ...