Day 1. A weekend in Berlin

We had spent the night at the Travelodge, Heathrow Central as our flight was one of the first of the morning to depart Heathrow.  We had originally booked our outbound flight with Germanwings, however, with less than 48 hours prior to departure, we received an email from Germanwings informing us that our flight had been cancelled …

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Day 2. Reichstag Dome and the Brandenburg Tor

We had breakfast at 7.45 am as we had pre-booked a visit on-line to the Dome of the Reichstag building at 10.30 am.  The hotel's restaurant was attractively decorated and smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and pastries set us up for our morning sightseeing. We walked to the nearby U Bahn station and, like the previous day …

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Day 2. Charlottenburg Palace and Spandau, Berlin

After a short lunch stop we boarded a train from Berlin's Hauptbahnhof to Charlottenburg, an affluent suburb of Berlin where the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace  is located.  A walk along wide, tree lined avenues with imposing buildings standing proudly, led us to the Palace.  It was a cold yet sunny afternoon, perfect conditions for a walk through the …

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Day 3. Potsdam, Sansouci Palace and Tiergarten, Berlin

Another lovely sunny morning.  On finishing our breakfast our plan was to inspect the largest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall located near the ornate bridge beside the River Spree.  The pieces of wall have now been decorated in modern art / graffiti and plaques explain the historical significance. A train to Potsdam was next on …

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Day 4. Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Our final day in Berlin,  so after breakfast we checked out of our hotel but left our luggage to collect later in the day.  Then it was on the train to Kreuzberg where we walked for about 15 minutes to reach the Checkpoint Charlie Box.  This famous landmark was the best known crossing point between …

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