It's a small world! ;-)
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August 31st, 2009 – by: Kurisu
I'm not in a hurry today, as my train ticket didn't require reservation for a specific train.
So after an unhurried breakfast I went to see the Olympic Stadium.
After getting there I noticed that it was closed for business until 1pm or so. Aaaargh! Obviously they were still in process of cleaning the place from the soccer game the day before! Too bad, I really wanted to see the "inner life" of this huge and massive stadium.
There was nothing more to do than take a few pics and then go back to the city.
I checked out of the hotel, put my luggage in the storage room and went out again. Just one block away from the hotel, I found an original piece of the Berlin Wall.
This piece, maybe about 200 meters long, is still in its original place, unlike many other pieces of The Wall, which were positioned conveniently to please the tourists.
Almost in viewing distance from my hotel room's balcony, and I didn't know about this... just found it by accident haha ;-)
Having about 3 or 4 hours left, I decided to go shopping at Alexa Shopping Center at Alexanderplatz, just beneath TV tower.
Quite nice mall, pretty big... and with a food court! I grabbed a bite at an asian all-you-can-eat buffet... Food was quite ok.
On the top floor of Alexa, there is LOXX, a miniature world exhibition... well, it's more like a big model railway.
No crowd, no lines on this monday, so I went in there.
I expected it to be slightly bigger, but it was nice anyway. Check out the pics... and search for the details - found the ghosts at the cemetary yet? Haha, cute little ghosties! :-P
You can even watch the staff building new models in their workshop.
Well, even if you're interested in miniature models, you probably won't stay longer than an hour in there.
I went back to the hotel, picked up my bag and went to the railway station.
Bye bye Berlin!
Oh, yeah...No need to tell that the train was crowded and I didn't get a seat... had to sit on the floor for hours :-(
Little hint: Don't forget to make a seat reservation, when you travel by ICE!
And my smart move to switch trains in Göttingen to get out of this crowded train (by the way, air condition only works in the cabin, not outside in the aisles, so it was pretty hot in there!) wasn't so smart in retrospect... because the ICE I wanted to jump on, was 20 minutes late, so I missed my connect train in Würzburg by 3 minutes and had to wait a full hour for the next train! Aaargh!
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