Last Thursday evening we flew to Berlin for a long weekend getaway.
Our plane flew out of Eindhoven, Holland which is about an hour away. Of course, there was a terrible car accident and we almost missed our flight. It was a bit stressful, but we made it! Always an adventure with us and planes…
We kicked off our vacation with a 3.5 hour tour of the city Friday morning. Have you heard of Sandemans free walking tours? I did my first one in Munich last year, and one in Copenhagen a few months later. They are awesome. Not completely free, you are expected to tip your guides generously at the end, but it’s still a great deal and a fantastic way to get an overview of the city. The guides are always really knowledgeable and I find it’s a good thing to do in the beginning of your trip so you can get ideas about what you want to explore for the remainder of your trip.
You can learn more about the famous Brandenburg gate here, but it’s the former city gate which was rebuilt in the 18th century. A must see when visiting Berlin.
Our tour then lead us to the main historical monuments and buildings in Central Berlin.The Holocaust Memorial, also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.Checkpoint Charlie, or Checkpoint C. The name Charlie was given by the Western Allies to the well-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. The Gendarmenmarkt Square which features the Konzerthaus, or concert hall (pictured above).
And the French and German Cathedrals, seemingly identical.^Above is the formal Royal Library which is located in Bebelplatz along with the State Opera House and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral. Babelplatz is most known as the location where the Nazi party administered the “Burning of the Books” on May 10, 1933.The Berlin Cathedral located on Museum Island. We only visited from the outside.
And I have many more pictures to share! After the tour we stopped for a German beer (soda for me) and split a plate of wiener schnitzel and fries. We meandered back to our hotel for some reading and a snooze before heading back out for the evening. As you can tell from the pictures, the weather was beautiful but HOT. And I’d blame it on being 30 weeks pregnant, but even Garrett was pretty beat from all the walking.
Friday night was probably my favorite part of our trip. Stay tuned, I’ll get to that next!