as they should be, he's so cool
10.12.2009 - 10.14.2009
We arrived in Berlin a bit later than we had planned and we got a bit lost getting to the hostel. We took the right bus, but in the wrong direction...so we ended up riding the bus about 45 minutes longer than we should have. Our hostel host was excellent. He excused our tardiness, provided us with a detailed map along with all the "must see" things in Berlin.
The next day we went on a free walking tour of Berlin. The free tour started at the Brandenburg Gate and was run by English speaking college students who worked only for tips. Our guide was from New Zealand and new a great deal about the city and provided us with a very detailed history of the city (in a very entertaining way)
Here's what all we saw:
The infamous hotel at which Michael Jackson hung his baby over the balcony:
The holocaust memorial located in the middle of the city. Each block is the same length and width but varying heights:
Checkpoint Charlie (where it used to be):
Where Hitler's bunker was located (nothing special is pointed out here, its just a nondescript vacant lot):
Memorial for the book burnings that took place, its enough empty shelves to hold 20,000 books underground
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
Neue Wache (New Guard House) Memorial - Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Tyranny.
After the tour we headed to the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery:
We cant forget about Ampleman!! He was everywhere, there are even a ton of stores dedicated just to him :-)