Day 3. Stuttgart’s Rack Railway

We allowed ourselves an extra hour in bed and then enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. The IBIS had a good selection of hot and cold dishes and in one corner a waffle station where guests could make their own fresh waffles. As we had arranged a late check out we left our …

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Day 2. Stuttgart – the city of cars

After enjoying a varied selection of dishes for breakfast in our hotel's restaurant we were ready to set off exploring. If cars are your thing then Stuttgart is definitely the place to visit as the city is the home of Mercedes and Porsche. Both of these motor manufacturers have museums on the outskirts of the …

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Day 1. Our first look at Hamburg

A three day winter city break to Hamburg taken in February 2013

Day 2. Exploring Hamburg

Breakfast in our hotel was excellent, as well as the usual cooked dishes, fruit and pastries, a chef was on hand to prepare fresh waffles for us topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream.  I couldn't resist the temptation of returning for more, as they tasted delicious, so a brisk walk was necessary to walk …

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Day 3. Our final day in Hamburg

After being tempted to eating rather too many waffles for breakfast, a long walk seemed to be the answer so we headed to the lake front in the centre of town.  This is the Alster, the central point alongside the harbour pier and main shopping centre.  We had walked along here yesterday, so today we …

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Day 1. London Heathrow to 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 yesterday, bought …

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Day 2. An afternoon at Charlottenburg Palace and Spandau

After a short lunch stop we boarded a train from Berlin's Hauptbahnhof to Charlottesburg, 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

Another lovely sunny morning.  On finishing our breakfast our plan this morning firstly was to inspect the largest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, this was 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 …

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Day 4. Checkpoint Charlie, and more sightseeing

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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