Berlin

We arrived in Berlin on Thursday night to grey skies and rain. We haven’t seen rain since we left Australia, so it was a bit of a shock to our sunburnt and tanned bodies… hehe!

Berlin is flat. There are no hills or slopes of any kind! We’ve been lucky enough to have visited the extremes of terrain on this trip – San Francisco immediately springs to mind! Berlin is not a very colourful city, its colour palate is best described as various shades of concrete. There is graffiti everywhere, as well as posters and stickers of every kind. We’re staying at The Circus Hotel, just opposite Rosenthaler Platz u-bahn station. Its a pretty good location, we were able to walk to the heart of the city in about 10 minutes. On Friday, our first day here, we had breakfast at the hotel and walked to the museum island. We visited the Pergammon Museum and saw some incredible things! We both really enjoyed seeing the reconstructed buildings from Ancient Rome and Greece.

Jez hasn’t been feeling 100% the past couple of days! We thought it would be best to see a doctor for some antibiotics. The hotel told us that doctors are really only available mon-fri and that a hospital would be our best bet. Needless to say, our trip to the hospital was a bit of a fiasco with our nonexistant German and a very stubborn Nurse. We’re planning to see a doctor on Monday…

So after our visit to the Hospital, we made our way to Potzdamer Platz to check out the Sony Centre. I had thought it was part of a large shopping complex but it wasnt, so we didn’t stay for very long. We then got a tour bus around the city, seeing Brandenburger Tor, the Kulturforum and the Holocaust memorial. We got off the bus a few times but we left the tour at Checkpoint Charlie. We then visited the Topography of Terror museum, which was the site of the Gestapo and SS headquarters during WWII. It was a fascinating and detailed museum.

We have another three days to explore some other parts of the city, we’re sure that we’ll come across more of Berlin’s hidden gems!

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