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  • Day16

    Well it has certainly been a jam packed first full day in Berlin, it feels like we have run a marathon! Folke has been an excellent guide and has given us a lovely overview of Berlin and from my earlier instalments you can see how much we saw and did and we walked a lot!

    After the Olympic Stadium we caught the train back to the city and walked around Museumsinsel (museum island) to get an overview on the options available for the coming days. It was a lovely evening to be exploring the area with many people out and about having dinner outside, which is normally what I would prefer but because in Germany you can smoke outside in restaurants it makes it an unpleasant experience. We are so fortunate in Australia to have smoke free restaurants and cafés. It was also the World Cup and the game was between France and Belgium and so there were many people in bars crowded around TV’s watching the match.

    We had dinner at a lovely German restaurant called 1840 where Ian had German Meatballs, Angus and Folke had Roast Chicken and I had Pork Schnitzel - everything was delicious. We then had a bit of a stroll through Hackescher Markt through some of the lovely streets before catching the train and tram home for a rest as tomorrow Folke has another big day planned with a fairly early start.
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  • Day2

    Boxenstop

    June 17, 2017 in Germany

    Vom Reichstag ging es dann wieder Richtung Hotel, die Füße begannen allmählich an zu qualmen. Auf den Weg dorthin haben wir am Potsdamer Platz einen kleinen Boxenstop eingelegt und haben ein Radler, Baguette und Salat zu uns genommen.

    Im Hotel angekommen, wurden erstmal die armen Füße versorgt😀.

  • Day14

    To the bar and back.

    June 6, 2017 in Germany

    This morning we got up and went out to see the city.

    First stop was parliament... that is only after we figured out how to use the public transit system. It is soooo complicated!! There are the S and the U line which are ran by different companies, then there's the train and all the buses. Oh god. It's a nightmare looking at the map.

    Parliament was such a beautiful building and as you can imagine, tons of police around.

    Next stop was the Brandenburg gate. It is the only remaining gate through which people used to enter Berlin. It was built between 1788 and 1791. It was used as entrance into East Berlin in the Cold War. When the Nazis came to power, they used the Gate as their symbol. The Gate was damaged but not destroyed during World War II. The governments of East Berlin and West Berlin restored it but it was closed when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. The gate was in the middle of the death strip. Unfortunately we couldn't get super up close to see it because there was an international gymnastics competition going on (they were everywhere).

    Next stop: Victory Tower Column. It was built in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War and France in the Franco-Prussian War, giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the so-called unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 metres (27 ft) high and weighing 35 tonnes.

    Next stop: Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was Berlin's best known crossing point between West and East Berlin near by the inner Berlin sector boundary between 1961 and 1989. When we got there, I was a little insulted. They had 2 fake US army soldiers standing outside... not only were they smoking but they were standing there and posing with people for pictures for money. What happened in the Cold War was absolutely horrible. I found seeing that completely disgraceful. We took pictures from behind without them in it.

    Next stop: Alexanderplatz. It is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. The Fernsehturm was intended as both a symbol of communist power and of Berlin. It remains the latter today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. (The pointy tower that looks incredibly similar to the CN tower)

    Next stop: Berlin Cathedral. We didn't go in but the outside was spectacular. (Picture of me in front of the water fountain with the cathedral in the back)

    Next stop: Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip"). During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200 in and around Berlin. In the metro systems, they sealed off tunnels so that east Berliners couldn't get across to the west. Contrary to popular belief the Wall's actual demolition did not begin until the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990. (It was super emotional to be there and actually touch the wall or what's left of it). They have photos of those who lost their lives trying to escape at the official site of the Berlin Wall. All throughout the city they have markings on the ground where the wall used to run. The part of the Berlin Wall that we were at was a cemetery. Victims of world war 2 were buried there. They were drug up when they built the Berlin Wall. There are crosses on site commemorate those victims. All in all, it makes me realize how great of a life I have and how fortune I am. It makes all my problems seem inexistant. (This is why i love to travel. Eye openers like this)

    So after all this and walking about 16km we headed back to the hostel (also cause it was raining). We sat in the room for a little until we decided to go downstairs and have a beer..... or a couple. We played some drinking games then decided to take on pool. Turns out, I'm really horrible. I hit one of the balls right off the table and across the whole bar. Hehe oops.

    Life lesson still not achieved: DONT DRINK AND PACK
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  • Day13

    I see you

    June 5, 2017 in Germany

    This morning we got up and backed our bags for Germany!!

    Our flight wasn't until the evening so we checked our bags at the train station (close to city centre) and walked around some more before heading out.

    It was raining all day in Bergen so we walked quickly in and out of shops trying to keep out of the rain.

    We went through the fish market again and to see if we could try some brown cheese. It is sweet, fatty brown cheese made from goats milk. We found a place that would give us a piece to try. I took the worlds smallest bit & I couldn't keep a straight face. It was by far that nastiest cheese I've ever tasted. I actually felt my stomach tightening as if I was getting ready to puke... the worst part is that the taste lingers in your mouth.

    We grabbed our bags and took the tram to the airport (yes Kaylee fell asleep again)

    I managed to find my mini bottle of Norways famous Akvavit in the duty free shop. We charged our phones before boarding our flight. Getting on, there were 2 middld aged men who were WASTED. I bet that they would be sitting right next to us& guess what... yup the row across. As soon as we took off, they fell asleep and didn't wake up again until we landed.

    We got off the plane and connected to wifi to try and get directions to our hostel. We found a bus that would bring us almost to the front door... I asked a worker where we could find the bus & then he began to tell us we we're looking at the wrong airport on our map.... stupid us. We were at a different airport that was across the city from us. We ended up taking the train to Berlin city centre (FOR 3.40€!!!!! So cheap omg!!! Train tickets for everyone)

    When we were on the train, half way, we stopped in the middle of the track & someone whispered "I see you" in a super creepy voice. I got so scared my eyes started tearing up. 😂😂😂

    Fast forward to our hostel which is right downtown, we checked in. We have our own room with a shower & a shared bathroom. We quickly dropped off our stuff, got changed & went to get some food (THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD)

    We had a döner kabob and a 0.5L beer for 5€ YASSSSSssssss.

    Back to the hostel to do some laundry in the sink & get to bed 😴
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  • Day267

    Day 268: Museum Island

    November 9, 2017 in Germany

    First World Heritage site of our German trip, though this one is actually a revisit for both of us. After walking around a few breakfast places near our apartment and realising most wouldn't allow dogs, we just grabbed some takeaway croissants and headed into the centre of old Berlin. Today's WHS is Museuminsel or Museum Island, and it's an island in the centre of the Spree River where there's five separate museums from the 19th century. All very impressive buildings, but it's also here where the modern concept of a "museum" actually comes from.

    Wandered around and did our filming, though it was bitterly cold and overcast, but thankfully no rain. Didn't go into any of the museums since we had Schnitzel in tow, but still an enjoyable place to wander around. Lots of work happening, as due to the war and then the Wall, many of the museums didn't start getting rebuilt until the 1990s, a process that's basically still ongoing!

    It's actually remarkable, that a country which was really only founded in 1870 became the dominant power in Europe within 40 years; fought a two-front war against all the other Great Powers of the time and didn't lose. Then despite harsh sanctions and impositions, recovered within 20 years to once again be the continent's dominant power. And despite losing the next war (thanks to a couple of very dumb decisions), and the entire country being partitioned for 40 years, they're once again the dominant power of the continent. Remarkable.

    Finished up our filming then just decided we'd wander around the area since we were in old historic Berlin. Although both of us had been to Berlin before (Shandos in 2003 and me in 2005), it was nice to walk around and see what's changed. The Brandenburg Gate looked much the same, though there was a shiny new shopping mall nearby on the site of a nightclub that both Shandos and I had gone to! (Tresor)

    Had a quick look at the Topography of Terror (SS Museum) and the remainder of the Wall, before checking out the Holocaust Memorial since that was newly opened since Shandos was last here. Quick look at the front of the Reichstag building (parliament) and part of nearby Tiergarten park, grabbed a coffee, then headed back to Prenzlauer Berg after a long day. Quiet dinner at a small restaurant near our apartment, nothing spectacular.
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  • Day13

    Berlin Day Two

    July 14, 2017 in Germany

    Berliner Mauer und geteilte Stadt / The Berlin Wall and the divided city.
    The theme for our second day was the Berlin Wall. We started the day at the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer), then went to the GDR Museum (DDR Museum). Afterwards we walked along the East Side Gallery which is the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall. Then, we visited Checkpoint Charlie.
    We also went to the Bundeskanzleramt aka Merkel’s Party House.
    Berlin's history is so interesting!
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  • Day22

    Berlin the Wall tour

    July 25, 2017 in Germany

    Snapshot
    Where - Berlin
    Weather - fine and sunny, 24° C
    Steps - 16,450 or 10.4km

    Our first day in Berlin we picked up a 2 day pass for the Hop on hop off bus. Today we chose the tour that deals with the Berlin Wall. It is hard to imagine that this city was divided into East and West and people were still being shot if they tried to escape from the East not even 30 years ago. Thankfully the wall came down in 1989/90 but the reminders are still there. Of course it now becomes a major tourist attraction for the city.

    We also visited the Memorial to the Wall which showed remnants of the wall plus the death zone. Quite sobering.

    The city itself has some beautiful architecture, but everywhere you look there is construction going on. It would be hard to imagine what it would look like with all the scaffolding gone and the streets opened up etc. There are still remnants of buildings that were bombed during World War II in amongst the modern structures.

    It was a long day, plenty of walking, and I dare say the same again tomorrow.
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  • Day22

    Berlin- the Traditional tour

    July 25, 2017 in Germany

    Snapshot
    Where- Berlin
    Weather - wet then overcast 18°C
    Steps - 16500 or 10.5km

    Bit of a wet start to the day but only as we were catching the bus into the city. Today was the traditional tour on the HOHO bus checking out the main sights such as The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Siegessäule (victory column), plus a couple of war time / cold war sights like Checkoint Charlie and the Memorial for the Jewish Holocaust.

    The Reichstag was bombed and almost totally destroyed in the war but you wouldn't know it today. I couldn't work out why the victory column had some pieces missing from the relief work like a head or leg removed from a soldier but then we saw the bullet holes in the marble and in the reliefs and realised that is why they were removed.

    Checkpoint Charlie was the place where people could pass from the west to the east. You could get your passport stamped but of course there is a cost associated with that. (In Europe there is a cost associated with everything - even costs you 50 € cents to use the toilet)

    The Memorial to the Jewish Holocaust was rather unusual with 2711 concrete columns of various heights arranged in narrow alleyways. Not sure how this was meant to represent murdered Jews because we didn't go into the museum to find out, but it looked interesting anyway.

    This ends our trip to Berlin - probably one more day we could have looked at another few things but I think we hit the main points. Off to Copenhagen tomorrow.
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  • Day5

    Berliner Dom

    August 18, 2016 in Germany

    The Berlin Cathedral is an amazing piece of architecture. The organ itself is mammoth and you can just imagine how it would sound when played. We were also able to the climb the 267 steps to the top of the cathedral to look out on the city (and the bee hives on the roof).

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