Well we made it back safe and sound this morning. We had an AWESOME trip! Sarah and Will came along with Jordan and I for the long weekend. Luckily we found an apartment for a great price.
The first day we took a bike tour around to all the main sites. (Fat Tire Bike Tours, highly recommend them!)
We saw Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, Hitler's Bunker, an old watchtower, Brandenburg Gate, Luftwaffe Ministry, the Jew memorial, Bebelplatz, Museum Island, Reichstag, Postdamer Platz, Soviet war memorial, Tiergarten Park, and the Victory column. Whew! We were tired. Then at night we saw hookers. Too bad I didn't get a picture. They had some sweet boots. (Here we all are at the Berlin Wall.)
Side note: They take you to a beer garden half way through then expect you to ride a bike. Sarah and I may or may not have done wheelies while flying down a hill, dead ending into a pathway full of old people. It may or may not have been real close to being ugly. After that we stuck to our bells and squeak toys.
The next day we headed out to see a few things in more detail including the Brandenburg gate, KaDeWe department store, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial church, and the Holocaust museum. What we didn't expect to see was the gay nudist area of the park. Jordan tried to take a picture of one particular dude who wasn't exactly attempting to keep things covered, but fortunately for all of us, he was not able to. Amen. (Below is the Memorial Church, left as is after bombing during WWII.)
Sunday we had another tour, this time a tour of Third Reich/Nazi history sites. (Insider Tours- great!) All four of us were very interested in this aspect of history, and although we already knew a good deal about it, I felt like we still learned a lot. Once place we visited was where the Pentagon of the Nazi party had been, and where the execution of the top Generals involved in Operation Valkyrie took place.
Later that afternoon we visited the famous Berlin Zoo. What an awesome zoo! Plus, springtime means lots of cute little babies. I think I smiled the entire time.
Then we ended the day with some great beer and crappy food. Oh well, at least we had good friends to share it with.
Although Berlin was never on the top of my list of places to see, I am very glad I went. Did you know that Berlin is 9x bigger than Pairs and 20x bigger than Manhattan? So much to see. Plus, it's one of the most affordable capital cities to visit in Europe. Everyone should go!
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