Travis's Mom arrived on a Friday morning (yippee!) and we left on Saturday morning for Berlin via the Autobahn. The train was expensive and not any faster than driving. There was no time to exercise my trip planning skills before hand so we glanced through guide books on the way.
After over five hours in the car we made it to our hotel in Berlin, conveniently located near Potsdamer Platz - a great central location with the underground transportation station and lots of restaurants right there. Our hotel room was nice (thank goodness the stars actually mean something here in Germany - unlike in Paris!). We wasted no time after deciding which direction to head based on a choice of restaurant advertised on a map we picked up in the lobby - like I said zero planning ahead.
We made our way toward Brandenburger Gate (Tor) which was incredibly huge and so familiar after seeing it in so many movies and pictures. I should mention we watched the movie Downfall the night before, which is a really great film about Hitler's last days and good to watch right before visiting Berlin. After a delicious German dinner we headed back to the hotel, got Hannah and Nana settled and headed back out for some rare couple time. Bonus to having grandparents visit!
For our "night out" we headed to the nearby Sony Center which is loaded with restaurants and great people watching. The actual structure has the weirdest acoustics and is visible from so many places in the city. So we found a nice little restaurant to enjoy a couple tasty beers.
|Roma and Sinti Holocaust Victims Memorial in the Tiergarten|
|The Wall - what is left - by the Topography of Terror Museum|
|Through the wall looking at the old Nazi Air Force Administration building|
Berlin is a city that I would definitely visit again. There were things we didn't have time to see and the atmosphere there was enjoyable and we crammed in as much as possible because we never know if we will make it back there.
We have a little less than two years here in Germany and so many places to see. Any recommendations?