So after taking a few hour nap on the plane.. we got some euros out of the atm, bought a kaffe & croissant (of course!) and stumbled out of the airport in Berlin on Sept. 2. After a train ride & a bus or 2 & one small ride in the wrong direction, we pretty seamlessly ended up navigating to our hotel. The hotel was right by the Berliner Dom & in the middle of Museum Island. It was an awesome location and right in the middle of many sites!
After we freshened up in the hotel bathroom, we immediately set out to see some things. We had a rough agenda for each day of our trip though it was pretty flexible most days, we did make a few reservations for places in advance. I looked a hot mess after no sleep and no shower but I love how tired & happy we look here in probably our first hour officially exploring Berlin ..
Made our way down to Hackescher Market and area with tons of food choices & had our first local meal for lunch. Let the rich, delicious eating begin!
Next we walked back to the Berlin Cathedral or “Berliner Dom.” These are the photos off of my phone & not our camera so they don’t do it justice but this is just a breathtaking building. It has a lot of history surviving the World Wars though it did sustain severe damage & go through some reconstruction. Another interesting thing is that it’s an evangelical church and not a catholic church despite having elements of a traditional catholic church.
Despite running on E, we made it to the top of the Berliner Dom and the view was totally worth it. Again, pictures don’t to it justice.
Nashville isn’t the only skyline covered with cranes. There is still serious repair and restoration going on since the wall fell. And I liked the picture with the contrast of church and former “state.” Ironically you almost always see the Berlin Cathedral and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) together. And when the sun hits a certain way on the tv tower it makes a cross and Berliner’s called this the “Pope’s Revenge.”
I think that we went to see the Neues Museum (New Museum) this afternoon as well. Man I’m tired just thinking about this day and for some reason, I don’t have any photos on my phone from the museum. The Neues Museum is very neat, had collections from prehistoric & early historic times – some cool Greek, Egyptian & artifacts from other cultures. After the museum, we had to find some dinner and get over to the Reichstag by 7:30 for reservations to get in there. We rushed around & found an awesome place for dinner called Leon with good potato stew & I forgot what else we ate, it was a ton of food. We busted it down to the Reichstag and entered just in time for our 7:30 entrance to go up into the Dome there. We made it through security (a little nerve-wracking with not as friendly government workers) and were able to go into the glass dome on the Reichstag. This is the historic government building and also where the German parliament, the Bundestag, currently meets. Not surprisingly, the building was heavily damaged in the war but reconstructed and then this cool glass dome was built.I didn’t make it to the top of the dome but the view from the roof before going up the dome was even amazing. You can see many aspects of “old and new Berlin” and the sun was setting while we were up there. This was definitely a worthwhile visit and worth planning ahead to get reservations – they are free but had to be done in advance for security clearances.
Our last stop of the night was the Brandenburg Gate. An iconic landmark for Berlin that is over 200 years old & had significance through various eras including the Wall being built right past it during the Cold War. We also walked by the Jewish Memorial which is haunting during both day and night time. And we saw a group filming something on our walk back to the hospital. It’s such a vibrant and cool city, this was my second visit to Berlin but I discovered many new things and fell in love with it again. It was fun to experience it with Keith. We stayed out until at least 9 PM I think so we had a full day after our nap on an airplane and we went hard loving our time in Berlin. The weather was actually sunny/borderline hot especially for Berlin in Sept.