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Weekend in Berlin

9 Oct

Berlin, Germany

We spent a wonderful weekend in Berlin in September. We were there for the Marathon (you can read about that here) and stayed on for a few days for some shopping and sightseeing. Berlin is a fascinating city, full of history, alive with culture, constantly redefining themselves. There’s a mix of old and new; buildings that survived the war, new buildings built to look like old one’s, and new modern architecture replacing the old. Then there’s street food, pub food, fine dining restaurants. I’m sure that no matter what you are into, Berlin has something for everyone to enjoy.

We stayed at the Hilton (swanky!!), chosen for its proximity to the Brandenburg Tor and the start of the marathon. It’s the fanciest place we’ve stayed in for a looooooooong time so I had to get a picture.

When visiting a city for the first time, we like to join a walking tour on the first day to get an overview of the city, its main landmarks and attractions, to get our bearings and to decide on what we might want to see again later on. Berlin is quite a large city so we chose a Fat Tire Bike Tour for our city highlights tour. The 4h full day biking tour included stops at Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Hitler’s Bunker, Watchtower, Luftwaffe Ministry, Victory Column, Soviet War Memorial, Reichstag, Museum Island, Bebelplatz, and of course lunch in a beer garden. Our guide was Sumi. Not only did she have a vast knowledge of 16th Century through to modern day history of Berlin and Germany but she was very pleasant to listen to and was not deterred by the marathon road blocks (2 days prior) en route to the Brandenburg Tor. I would highly recommend the tour and Sumi!

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