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Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)

Wow! what an amazing train station. Berlin’s Haupt Bahnhof (Main Train Station) is huge, clean, modern and friendly. We’ve never seen such a beautiful modern train station before.

We arrived at 5 p.m. and went straight to our hotel (about half an hour ride with the subway). A small hotel next to an Evangelic cemetery and a Sikh Temple.

The next day we took the subway and started to walk. We followed the tourist bus route by foot. Started at the New Jewish Synagoge, to the Brandenburg Portal. We wanted to visit the parliament building (Reichstag) as you can walk up to the glass dome and enjoy a nice few over Berlin, but the queue was too long. So we walked through the Tiergarten Park as far as the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächteniskirche).

Park at Tiergarten
This centre of Berlin is really beautiful, full of parks and gardens, you don’t feel you’re walking in a metropolis when you walk here.

As we walked to Checkpoint Charlie we passed an open air exposition about the Nazi. It’s amazing to see how many Jews they deported to Auschwitz. I never knew they deported Jews even from Norway and Greece. I’m glad this horror is over, and there are many nationalities living peacefully in Berlin now. The Gendarmenmarkt square is really beautiful. There were a couple of musicians playing classical songs near the fountain, the sun was shining, Jos sat on the stairs in front of the Concert building enjoying the ambiance. We walked to the Berlin’s Cathedral (Berliner Dom) and end our day on the Alexander Square (Alexanderplatz). It was a really nice day but also really tiering. That night we agreed not to try to visit all the curiosities but take it slow and enjoy the moments as we only stay for one or two days in each city.

just_jack1970 says:
i will refer to this blog when i go to berlin...very helpful phil..i would like to do the train to europe...sounds exciting.
Posted on: Nov 22, 2008
KeikoCreative says:
Least that is not too bad:P
Posted on: Nov 02, 2008
IndoMaluku says:
Yes they do it's an international city. I know at the international ticket encounter they do. And there's a good information centre at the main train station where they speak English. Free tourist maps and the subway maps are also bilingual. We love this city! :D
Posted on: Nov 02, 2008
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Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)
Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)
Park at Tiergarten
Park at Tiergarten
Neue Synagoge
Neue Synagoge
Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor
Gendarmenmarkt
Gendarmenmarkt
Berliner Dom
Berliner Dom
Friedrichwerdersche Kirche
Friedrichwerdersche Kirche
Museum island
Museum island
Reichstag
Reichstag
Reichstag
Reichstag
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Elefantentor
Elefantentor
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall
Olympic Stadion
Olympic Stadion
Berlin Hotels & Accommodations review
Cheap hotel near the U-bahn
This hotel is located near the Tegel Airport. We paid € 38 per room on Saturday night and € 33 on the other nights without breakfast. There’s a … read entire review
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photo by: CFD