Off to Berlin

Trip Start May 20, 2007
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Trip End Jun 25, 2007


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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Sarah will go nuts at the site of the old wall...She loves this stuff!

(Boarded our train to Berlin without reservations- so we ended up in a 2nd class smoking wagon for 7 hours!)
 
 Checked into  Pension Peters late... up early for our 4 hour 'English Walking Tour' (yes Sarah agreed...especially after these street signs...her Spanish won't help her here!)
 01 Berlin                         05 Berlin

Our tour guide Derek was great!!!
         02 berlin          03 berlin
                East Berlin:  Protestant Church (in Communist Berlin?)
  
Humboldt University (memorial for the 1933 'Burning of the Books' by Nazi Forces)...I had never heard about this before, but it was quite a big deal to Sarah???
                                     06 berlin
 
 
Catholic Church (in Communist Berlin?) built to look like a teacup by some crazy king?
                                                                                  08 berlin
 
Gendarmen Markt... large square with musicians, artwork, and vendors...something that could not happen here in the 70's & 80's...
          10 berlin                                09 berlin
 
Checkpoint 'C' (Charlie)
    11 berlin         12 berlin
 
BERLIN WALL 1961-1989
 
 13 berlin         14 berlin           15 berlin
  (a double row of cobblestones marks the spot around the city where the wall once stood)
                                     16 berlin

Hitler's Bunker 12 meters deep below this park. (Rumored that you can get to it from inside one of the surrounding apartment buildings for a price???)
 17 berlin
 
Brandenburg Gate
 18 berlin
 
Reichstag Building 
 19 berlin
 
Little 'Palm Beach' in East Berlin
 20 berlin
 
Back to the 'west': the market, laundry, and an internet café on the agenda this afternoon
 21 berlin          22 berlin
 
To Savignyplatz (our local square) for dinner (beer, pumpkin soup & weinner-schnitzle!)
 23 berlin    24 berlin    25 berlin
 
Woke up early, checked out of the pension, headed on the S-Bahn to the Hbf station to catch our first class, RESERVED train to Prague!
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