Berlin, Germany - May 2006 - on route and evening in city
Berlin Travel Blog› entry 25 of 27 › view all entries
Today we are up and have breakfast. Off to Germany today, for which trip is almost done. We pack our bags and get onto our Contiki bus.
It was a bummer leaving this high-society hotel. But one full day in Warsaw was a perfect amount of time, plus Iâ��m excited for Berlin. One of my university courses focused entirely on the Third Reich. Even after reading a 600 page biography on Hitler (among other NSDAP books) I still feel naÃ¯ve as to the long term affects the Nazi uprising has had on the German population. Are German residents still influenced? Hopefully spending sometime in Berlin will shed some light on my query.
It was a pretty uneventful morning and afternoon.
Once in Berlin we immediately drove around the city, viewing the sights from afar. One stop we did make however was to get gasoline. It was no coincidence that right across the street from the gas station, stood the Berlin Wallâ��s East Side Gallery. It was a thrilling moment to walk next to this massive structure I had read about so many times during my college years. We were only given about fifteen minutes to check it out though, which wasnâ��t nearly enough time to walk even 1/10th of the gallery.
One thing Contiki does which I love is normally once per tour an included meal isnâ��t provided for us. Instead Contiki gives us 10â�¬ to buy dinner wherever. In unusual circumstances for a walkabout meal, the entire Contiki group went to the same restaurant Pete recommended. The establishment, Joeâ��s Beer Hall was sensational. They served authentic German food. I ordered hash browns, spinach, steak w/mushrooms, all melting in my mouth.
Being in Germany, drinking age is 15, at our hostel, there many 15 year olds there, as we were going to the night club for a beer, it was full of all these 15 year olds, who were very very drunk and loud, Quite disturbing. so we left and drank in our rooms.
Stay turned for tomorrow, our day in Berlin.
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