Trip to Central Europe - Berlin
Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
136Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Berlin is a city that is rebuilding itself. There are construction cranes everywhere. In fact, we were unable to see the book burning memorial because of the surrounding construction site
Thursday morning we decided to take a 4 hour walking tour. It was mostly through former East Berlin and it gave a nice overview of where things are so that we could more readily go back and explore further if desired. This is the only way that we would have ever found Hitler's Bunker as there is absolutely nothing to mark where it had been.
In the afternoon we visited an outdoor display called the "Topography of Terror". It was created in the remains of a former SS-Gestapo headquarters and documents all sorts of Nazi crimes, including information on the treatment of political prisoners. We wandered around the city, tried to find the Berlin Philharmoic -- which took quite some hunting -- only to find out that it was closed for the season, wandered through the ultra-modern Sony Center and had a fantastic Asian dinner at "Noodles" restaurant -- chosen because we had spent the day noodling
The next morning, after spending some time checking email in Potsdamer Platz and doing last minute shopping, it was on to Poland for the next leg of the journey. Berlin really deserves a much longer stay than 2 nights and day, but as a stop-over on our way to Central Europe we really enjoyed it. It's a very vibrant city with a lot happening and much more to see and do than we had time to cover on this trip.
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