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Published: June 26th 2017
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We awoke and the sun was once again glorious and warm. So we got dressed and headed to the train station. We had a quick pit stop for some breakfast and coffee. We then hopped on the tube to our first stop (with our hotel we got free transport pass which has come in very handy).
For the first sights we had to hop across to Museum Island, which - as the name suggest is an island with a lot of museums on it. First we saw the Old National Gallery which was housed in a beautiful building, and the columns outside housed bullet holes which act as a permenent reminder of the cities recent past. We then wondered up to look at the Pergamon Museum, this looked pretty but was under going a lot of work so was covered in scaffolding. Then there was the Bode Museum and once again was an attractive looking building.
We had to make a quick detour as we had timed tickets to go up the Berlin Television Tower. The views from up there were break-taking and it was a beautiful day so we could see for miles and could spot all the places we had visited. Once we were safely back down we stopped for a quick refreshment.
We then took a wonder to look at Saint Mary's Church which was very nice. Then we went on to admire the Neptune's fountain. This is one of the most iconic in Berlin and is a 10 meter tall fountain. We then could clearly see the Red Town Hall which is where the town mayor lives.
After this we took a walk through the Nicholas Quarter - which is the reconstructed Heart of Berlin and was a very traditional and beautiful area. In this area lay St Nicholas Church which is the oldest church in Berlin. We then went into the DDR museum and this shows the daily life in East Berlin in a hands on way. (Although we entered at the same time as large school group so had to fight through a group of teenagers for access to a lot of things). This Museum was very informative.
By now we decided that a boat trip would be an enjoyable way to spend an hour, so we found one that had an English commentary and headed on our way. This took us on a little watery tour of Berlin and was a nice way to see the city. Once we disembarked we headed back onto Museum Island and went to the Lustgarten which gave us a beautiful view of the Berlin Cathedral. This was an impressive building and is the largest church in Berlin. This also gave us a view of the Old Museum which is a huge beautiful building.
We took a small break for a bratwurst from a street vendor, and walked onto Alexanderplatz. This was the hive of activity. We spent a while looking in various shops, but unfortunately not buying too much. We then took a seat in a bar and had a cocktail and watched the world go by. Now it was time for dinner, we considered a more traditional meal but couldn't decide between lamb knuckle or something else which sounded equally as tasty so we opted for a nearby Italian. After dinner we stopped off for a drink in a bar, before heading back up to Alexanderplatz to witness it all light up at night. Then it was back to hotel armed with a box of donuts for desert.
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