A day of modern history

Another busy day in Berlin.

Up with the lark and off to breakfast. First there. Quickly polished off a bucket load of fruit, some yogurt and a sausage or two and then we hit the mean streets. Time waits for no man.

We purchased travel cards on the U-Bahn and set off for Alexanderplatz location of the tallest tower in Germany.

Given that the weather was a bit grim the queue was non existent and within 10 minutes we were 368 m above pavement level (the highest publicly accessible building in Europe). The lift took 40 seconds and was very cool as you could see up the shaft as it ascended.

The weather changed from cloudy to sunny so we had amazing views and even got to spot our hotel.

When we returned to earth the queue was out of the door!

Back on the tube

Next stop Checkpoint Charlie.

When the Big D was last here there were real soldiers standing guard – today its manned by actors and there’s a paid for photo op. All quite surreal but very sobering when you see remnants of the wall and see the cobbles that mark its footprint.

Then we toddled off to the Brandenburg Gate.

It is an amazing structure and I immediately recognised it from an episode of Go Jetters (and they say TV is dumbed down!).

The last time the Big D saw this landmark he was viewing it from behind The Wall from the vantage point of a West German viewing platform.

We then took a stroll through the park via an amazing playground with swings and slides and climbing frames

to our hotel where we finished up the day with a relax at the pool and supper in the club room. Nice.

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