Berlin, Copenhagen & Baltic Cruise to Russia

Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
Trip End Jan 15, 2010

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

In mid-June, we spent three days in Berlin, touring museums and walking through the major historic sights of East and West Berlin. Berlin was a fascinating city, a place where old and new collide and perhaps still conflict. You see a contrast of modern glass and steel skyscrapers and classical 19th century buildings with marble columns. You can still see evidence of communist rule, while western investment in new shops and fast food chains has spread to every corner of former East Berlin. It is such a vibrant city. We enjoyed Germany and cannot wait to return to Berlin for a longer visit, and tour other parts of Germany as well.

We rode the S-bahn and U-bahn trains throughout the city and stayed at a hotel near Potsdamer Platz. Until a few years ago, this area was "no man's land" because the Berlin Wall ran past it. After the wall fell in 1989, it became a barren wasteland until major reconstruction projects and skyscrapers were built. Today there are international companies like Sony and Daimler Chrysler, hotel chains, restaurants, and cinemas on every block. Major highlights of our quick visit to Berlin included the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, portions of the old Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz which was a major stop in East Berlin, the glass spiral of the Reichstag building, and the Pergamon museum of ancient art to name just a few.

After our quick tour of Berlin, we flew to Copenhagen, Denmark, stayed two nights and then boarded our ship for a 12-day Baltic Cruise.
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