Spandau And Running For Home
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Up and packed to check out at 11am and left the bag in the luggage room. Had one thing left to do on my list that I had made before we left, and it involved going out to Spandau. Had done that far the last time, so knew it would take a while on the S-Bahn, about 40 minutes all in.
Spandau is the end of the line for the S-Bahn, and when we came out the station I was reall disappointed in the Rathaus there. I had a picture in my mind of it being far grander. Last time though we headed for the park on a whim, this time my daughter and I headed into town with a specific purpose. Found a local street plan that showed us where we wanted to go, went past the market and St. Nikolai Churchand down a busy road to reach the Zitadelle, which is meant to be the site of oldest building in Berlin.
Lot of it looked a lot newer to me, but it is a fortress set on the river with a moat protecting the rest. Had a wander round, went into the museum,where we got into trouble for taking pictures :O, and climbed the tower . Stilled seemed to be setting the place up for the tourist season and there was still a lot of work going on. Still it was interesting, but with a flight to catch we had to watch the time, and headed back to the station at 1pm. Will do a seperate review for it.
Back on the S-Bahn we had been travelling for a while, and having got the hang of it i decided we would get off at the Hauptbahnhof and walk down past the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Had been meant to stay on to Friedrichstrasse and change lines there, but was bored on the train and we walked it and picked up the line change at the Brandenburg Gate Station.
Problem trying to find where to buy tickets for the DB Bahn train to Schönefeld, before finding a room with automated machines between the escalators going up to platforms ( on the S-Bahn platforms the machines are on the platform). Were lucky with the train times and by the time we got to the airport we were onl 30 minutes off the plan.
Check In was very easy, only about 6 people in the queue for all flights, but noticed the queue for security, when I was sorting the bag, and it never budged by the time we had checked in. Decided to join it right away, and probably just as well. It took for ever, with almost everyone managing to set off the detectors, and I'm pretty weel travelled to know what to ditch and rarely set it off, only if I have forgotten something like a belt, but with nothing on me it still went off.
Having checked in bags, knew they couldn't take off without us, so we still had time to quickly go to the shops ;). With the flight being called we headed for the gate and through passport control, to find ourselves in a small waiting room with no plane at the gate. Plane was half an hour late, yet they'd got us there and gave no information while we were waiting, and this was the day after yet another ash cloud closure of Scottish airports.
Flight eventually took off, and between in built delay scheduling and probably a bit of rerouting we arrived back in Glasgow on time.