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Published: June 26th 2017
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Today started as per usual with breakfast and a coffee but this time we had it to go as we had a long tube ride ahead of us. We headed out of the city and disembarked at the Olympic Stadium. This was a huge site and we were very excited to see inside. So we headed to the ticket office and disappointment struck - it was closed due to some event, so we couldn't go inside. We got to admire it from behind the gates and we tried to walk around but the gates remained closed. We walked round the front again and got a good view of the Olympic Rings in front of the stadium. The stadium is still used for events and football, and was even the place the final game of the 2006 World Cup was held. We decided to give in and walk back to the tube, on the way passing the hockey stadium but this too was closed up.
Back on the train we headed to Charlottenburg Palace, this was a stunning palace and is the biggest in Berlin. Once we'd admired this we continued on to Kurfürstendamm and this was a shoppers heaven. All
the best names were there but we just window shopped. It was a very hot day today so staying in the shade was a must! We stopped on the way to see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. This was a church which had been heavily bombed in the war and still bore a lot of damage, although sections had been rebuilt. It still had a huge hole in the middle.
Next we walked onto view the KaDeWe department store and this was a German House of Frasier with all designer makes under one roof. We wondered around but I don't think our credit card limit would allow any purchases (neither would Simon). We then found a little pub and had a cold beer in the shade to cool down.
As it was now late afternoon we headed towards the Reichstag as we had a booking made. First we sat and had an ice cream and waited till our time slot came about. We then joined the queue to enter the Reichstag. Once inside we zoomed up to the roof, and collected our multimedia tour (although Nicky first had broken headphones and then it was in German). We entered the dome which was fantastic and had a spiral walkway in the middle. The tour pointed out the sites as well as gave us a history of the Reichstag itself. The views were outstanding and the dome was so cool. We then walked around the roof admiring the view as we went.
Once we got down we headed back towards Potsdamer Platz for some dinner and drinks. We choose a restaurant in the Sony Centre which was nice and tasty. After this we had a mad dash back to the Reichstag as we heard there was a projected light show on a nearby building. We took our seats along with a lot of other people and it started. The building was illuminated and there was a history of the Reichstag - from the late nineteenth century, the first and second world wars through the Cold War, and into the present day. This was an amazing spectacle and couldn't have been set in a more scenic place. Then it was home for a good nights rest.
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