Christian had to go to Berlin for a meeting, so we decided to make a long weekend out of it. I visited Berlin for the first time in December 2011. We were still living in Denver but we both went home to our respective families for Christmas. The day or two after Christmas, I flew for my first time to Germany (& to Europe) to visit Christian. From Hamburg, where Christian’s family lives, we took the train in the morning to Berlin and came back that night. Thinking back on everything that we did and saw in Berlin in one day was amazing. It was a much more relaxed visit this go around!
We flew to Berlin, took the bus to the main railroad station and then walked to our hotel in Potsdamer Platz. This area was completely rebuilt after the Berlin Wall came down. It is a really nice area and close to everything or within easy subway distance.
The Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz is quite a sight at night. There are restaurants, a movie theater and the German Museum for Film & TV.
The Reichstag building is where the German parliament meets.
Brandenburger Tor (Gate) is a well-known landmark in Berlin and is built on the site of the old city gate.
Gendarmenmarkt is a square with surrounded by the Französischer Dom, the Deutscher Dom and the Konzerthaus, where the Berlin Symphony Orchestra performs.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is located near the Brandenburger Tor and is composed of concrete rectangles/boxes set on the sloping ground.
We took the subway to the Hackescher Markt and from there walked along the shops and into quiet back streets.
We took the subway again into the western part of the city to visit Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe). It is a large upscale department store. It is amazing! I could probably spend a day in there exploring everything. We spent most of our time on the homegoods floor, which is extensive!
We also visited Bikini Berlin, which is a building with shops and restaurants on the first three floors and office space above that. Most of the shops offer more unique & modern items. From the building, you can see into the monkey enclosure at the Berlin Zoo.
That is about everything we did & saw in a day and a half in Berlin. I will share more later!