The Third Reich Comes to Town
Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
67Trip End May 22, 2011
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We wake up and head back to the Pariser Platz because we had heard of a Third Reich walking tour. (It was kind of a late start since some of the girls had gone out the night before and didn't get up to promptly). We had heard about the tour on ours the day before and it was advertised in our city map so we decided to go ahead and do it. It was so interesting, but another 3 and a half hours of walking. <FACT: The transportation system by the Nazis and the numbering system used in the concentration camps were products of IBM.> We had a break in the tour where we got lunch: the best Kebab sandwich yet. After the tour we tried to go to the Pergamon Museum, but there wasn't much time left before it closed so we decided to wait till the next day. We split up for dinner and I ate with Allie. From there though we went to have cake at the Princess' Palace... It was so good. It was time to go back to the hostel where we caught up on some of our sketches and hung out till bed
DAY 3: Monday
We made a point to get a better start so we made it to the Reichstag at about 9:30am... and there was already a line. <FACT: Stalin gave orders to take Berlin and the first of his generals to hang the Soviet flag from the top of the Reichstag would be a national hero.> We waited in line and did a sketch (not to waste any our time). We got in past security and went to the top of the building, where the original dome has been replaced (after being destroyed multiple times) by a glass one for overlooking the city. It was a really cool space, but the height of the ramp along the edge was not as fun for me.But the view was amazing across the city. <FACT: 90% of Berlin was destroyed after World War II.> From there we split up and went to any of the places we hadn't been and wanted to see. We walked to the Sony Center and looked at the buildings that were near there that are all more modern. We ventured back to Museum Island to meet up (and go in this time). There were so many cool things to see in them. From there it was time for our final German dinner. So of course we do it well at an authentic German Restaurant. We walked around, bid farewell to the city and went back the the hostel to back and sleep.
We finished one city and I was ready to go to another country. Onward to the Czech Republic.