Berlin Day 2
Trip Start Dec 27, 2015
39Trip End Feb 04, 2016
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After starting out on foot , the rain started and we retreated to the hotel and arranged a taxi.
We arrived around 10 and went straight in (later when we left , and then later in the day we noted quite long queues - go early) , the memorial/museum is below ground under the open air memorial that has 2711 large concrete blocks . the security was like going into an airport (we have found both Jewish memorials to be well guarded in Europe). and hired the audio guides .
We spent the next 2 hours through the most magnificently presented , whilst the most depressing and haunting museums I have been in. The personals stories coupled with the unimaginable numbers made it an emotionally tolling experience
We left here and walked past the Brandenburg gates and back towards our hotel at Hackescher Market , picking up some sandwiches and Sushi for lunch (great combo) , before heading out again to join the walking tour of the "third Reich"
This walking tour dealt with the rise and fall of the third Reich , from the bridge that the Russians drove into central Berlin across as they made their way to the centre of Berlin , The Reichstag (the symbolic capital and main parliament of the Nazi's). We then walked (criss crossing the old Berlin wall) to a Bunker built by the German railways in 1943 to protect the citizens in air raids) . As we past the local station (Friedrichstrza) it was explained that this was the place many of the children from Jewish Berlin were sent away on the train , The lucky ones - before the war , to Great Britian , if they could meet the entry requirements) and then later during the war to the concentration camps
Leaving here we walked a short way and caught a taxi to a renowned department store KaDeWe, and went to the top floor for dinner . You would choose your dishes and the cost was by the weight of the plate .
Going home at 7.30 , felt like 11pm after a long day , So we finished with a wine and cake before relaxing in front of the TV . An amazing but emotionally trying day.