Day Trip to Berlin
Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
57Trip End Jul 01, 2009
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We kind of did this one by the seat of our pants. We didn't plan this trip, read about Berlin or anything, we just hopped in the car and went. We found it to be a fairly easy trip and after about 3 hours of driving we hit the outskirts of Berlin. As we were driving into the city center, we saw the Wall for the first time and decided to stop and take pictures. I'm not sure how tall it is, but it seemed to be at least ten feet tall, which would be no easy task to climb over. Back in the communist days there was barbed wire along the top, as well as guard dogs and soldiers preventing people from climbing over. Even so, it is estimated that thousands of people did manage to escape to "freedom"
After checking out the Wall we drove to the city center and tried to find a place to park, which took quite a while. After parking, we found an ATM and got some euros, bought a tour guide book and found a place to eat. After lunch, we decided to take a bus tour of the city, since we didn't really know where anything was. The bus tour was informative and I felt like I got to see a lot of Berlin. I was somewhat surprised to see how modern Berlin was, but then when you think about the fact that 75% of Berlin was destroyed during WWII, it is not surprising to find that most of the old buildings were destroyed. It was a very beautiful city with varying architecture. It also had nice parks and walkways along the river for biking and roller-blading.
After the two hour long bus tour, we were ready to do a little walking. We walked to the Brandenburger Tor, which is the symbol of the city and for a long time the symbol of the partition of Germany
We enjoyed our day in Berlin. We would like to go back and spend some more time there, maybe in the summer time, when it looks really pretty there.