Total time: 1 travel day plus four nights. Total steps walked: 40,623. Total miles walked: 20.46.
Are you worn out yet? I was starting to be by the time we got to Berlin and after the first day futzing with missing electronics, I was really getting frazzled. But we soon found our footing. There is just so much to see and do in Berlin. And there is just so much history — not only recent, but centuries old.
We stayed at the Moxy Hotel which is actually in what used to be East Berlin. The East Berlin side is still not quite as developed as the western side and there are some strange things with the transit system where things don’t go east-west like you think they should.
The Moxy is a Marriott Hotel brand and I would describe it as very millennial. You check in at the bar. There are shared working spaces in the lobby (as well as a bear in a bathtub). There are all kinds of neat tech touches in the room like lights under the bed that come on at night when you get up and lots of built-in USB charging ports. The staff was great. What wasn’t great was that directly across the street was a park occupied by a community of homeless people and you had to walk by the park to get to the train station. And you had to go to the train station to get anywhere, including someplace to eat. I thought the hotel was really cute but my husband didn’t care for it as much — partly because the room was small and the bathroom was smaller than my home closet. If it were in a different location, I would definitely stay there again because it was just so fun.
The days were filled with sightseeing. I’ve included pics below. We visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe which is both thought provoking and inspiring. We also visited the Topography of Terror that originally housed the Gestapo and SS headquarters as well as having the longest piece of the Berlin Wall still remaining. Out of respect I have not included pictures of those sites.
My husband celebrated his birthday on our last day in Berlin. I was able to get reservations at the rooftop café at the Reichstag. It includes admission to the famous dome. Breakfast was a feast, but have I mentioned the bees? There were bees everywhere we went in Germany. Outdoor restaurants would literally be buzzing with them. The bees even found us in the rooftop garden!
After a travel day into Berlin and three full days of sightseeing, we were off to Amsterdam!