Stayed in a hip hotel in what is formerly East Germany called Hotel Orania in the trendy Kreuzberg area.


Friday:

Started at Brandenburg Gate, an 18th-century neoclassical building that is one of the most well known landmarks in Germany.Then walked over to the imposing Reichstag, which houses German parliament. Ate at Kafer Restaurant in the Reichstag (make reservations).Climbed dome after meal and took in the views. Bring ID!Visited Memorial to Murdered Jews of Europe and Berlin Wall MemorialDinner at trendy Cookies and Cream. The restaurant is hidden and basically unmarked, but adds to the coolness of this vegetarian restaurant.


Saturday:

Spent afternoon touring Museum Island and the Pergamon Museum.(Gates of Ishtar is not to be missed) and Neues Museum (which houses the breathtaking Neferteti bust)We then walked along the stately Unter den Linde. And then walked to the stately Gendarmenmarkt, which has Prussian and French roots in its architecture and design.We did not make KaDeWe Berlin’s historic Kaufhaus des Westens (known as KaDeWe) is Berlin’s version of Harvey Nichols which has a great seventh floor café (with great views of the City)Dinner at wonderful Alpenstück, a fresh look on Austrian and south German classics.Sunday:Spent morning at the fabulous art museum Gemaldegalerie, which has as impressive array of European works (Rembrandt, Vermeer, Reubens, Durer, etc).Spent afternoon morning walking around eclectic Kreuzberg. With a history of radical squatters and a multicultural present day, Kreuzberg offers amazing graffit art throughout the neighborhood. There is a great Turkish covered street market where we ate for lunch.Also visited Checkpoint Charlie which is touristy and fun.Sad to leave this great city so soon.

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