We leave you in the next few hours on a express train to Munich departing from your magnificent train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof or Hbf, serving thousands of trains and wanderlust passengers a day. You are a colorful and gritty city recognized as the spray-paint mecca for graffitists from all over the world. No wall is left unadorned of bubble lettering in our little section of east Berlin. RM and I enjoyed the history museums the most gaining new knowledge from the Deutchland perspective of the Prussian reign, the 7 year war, the impact of the Versailles Treaty and of course the WW’s, their impact, and the atrocities of the Holacaust. Let us not forget the lessons learned from history especially now with the emergence of hate against Muslims, Christians, Jews and other religious sects in our communities. We learned that Turks make up the largest minority sect in Berlin and many are devoted Muslims. On our last night in Berlin, we had dinner at Hasir’s and savored grilled lamb kebabs, hummus and sipped white wine from Turkey. We would recommend a stop in as the waiters are fun and attentive and the food superb. As a special treat, they brought anise flavored aperitif and dried dates to complete our dinner. A nice touch to finish out our few days in Berlin.
Sights we recommend include all the major ones listed in most tour guides but don’t miss the DDR Museum (former East Germany). DDR Museum is no Smithsonium but it is fun and informative for all ages. The museum has dividing walls throughout its space with peek-a-boo, interactive doors and drawers to open that share displays of everyday life in east Berlin before the wall came day. Some of the items, including artifacts, photographs and clippings, will make you laugh and some will make you cry but all of it will move you in one way or another. A mark of a good museum in my book. If you want to go for facts about the Third Reich, visit a relatively new museum called the Topography of Terror near where the last remnant of the wall still stands.
The TV Tower serves as our landmark back to the apartment these last few days. Built in 1969 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the communist government, East Berliners named it “Tele-Asparagus” and joked that if it fell over, it would most likely strike against the wall, providing the perfect escape route to freedom.