The bus trip from Prague went smoothly (aside from the non-functional WiFi that was supposed to be available). Got into Berlin in the afternoon, bought a 72-hr pass for public transportation, and eventually navigated to my hotel. Took it easy, just exploring the neighborhood. Impressive sidewalk cafe culture – many restaurants with tables 4-5 deep, all with chairs facing the street. A good place to sit and watch the world go by while sipping on a coffee or a beer.
The next couple of days were a mix of visiting culturally and/or historically significant sites, and just wandering around. I really enjoyed the city. Good food, people watching, and public transportation (important in such a spread out city!) interesting that not much is open until 10am or so – many cafes don’t even open until 9. After breakfast, I visited the east side gallery (part of the wall that is covered in murals now) as well as the nearby wall museum.
After a quick lunch at a nearby bakery, I joined an underground tour of an old WWII bunker that had been partially destroyed / partially buried. They made several attempts to demolish it, but since one side was near the railroad tracks, and the demolition explosions weren’t quite as predictable as they wanted, they left part of it standing. A fascinating tour, but no photos allowed inside.
Last full day in Berlin, I walked through the memorial, then over to the Brandenburg gate & along the river. Rode a bus for a little while but it was slow going and uncomfortably warm so I got off and took a train to a slightly less touristy area for a late lunch.
Sunday morning bus to airport, flights to London & then home. So glad I didn’t have to go thru customs again at Heathrow as that line was brutal. The cats are happy I’m home!