Berlin, Partying like the locals, oh and a walking tour
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We arrived bright and early to the hostel after a somewhat sleepful night on the night train. This night train was different than the last as each 'couchette' had two seats facing each other and a bunk that folded down. So one person could sleep on the top bunk and the two chairs turned into a bed for the other person. It was nice, but there was only a curtain between where you slept and the hallway so any noise from people walking by could wake you up. Luckily, I was so tired it didn't seem to matter!
After learning how to navigate the Berlin subway system half asleep, we arrived at the Wombats Berlin, our hostel for the next few days. They organize pickup for a walking tour so we decided to do that, to wake us up. We left at 10:15 and returned at 4pm.
We ended up seeing the Brandenburg Gate, the hotel where Michael Jackson held his baby over the side of the balcony, the Holocaust Memorial, part of the wall still standing, the area of Hilter's bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, a couple old churches, Unter Den Linden, the spot of the Nazi book burning, a few more squares, Museum Island and a few other places I can't seem to remember. It was a really good way to get oriented in the city while seeing most of the stuff I had come to see.
The same company that runs the tours also runs a pubcrawl. For 11 euros you get all you can drink beer for 45 minutes (that's enough time for at least three), free entry to 5 (??) bars, including one club that is the best club I've ever been to. It has 5 (or 6?) dancefloors and is open until 6am. In between the bars, the guides give you shots of vodka and orange juice. It was an awesome night, ending with a kebab at some point between 5 - 6am. I felt bad walking into my dorm room at 6am but I figured they were probably getting up shortly anyway! :)