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Sept 20 – Reichstag or Bust

Today started late, but we managed to make the most of it. We went down to the Hilton Berlin Executive Lounge and imported photos, uploaded blog posts and got a little prepared for the day. After we left the hotel, we went across the street to get lunch.

I had Curry CurryWurst and Earl had KrautBratwurst.

Sausage and Pretzel Bread


Curry Currywurst

Curry Currywurst

The next thing that Earl really wanted to see was the KaDeWe, when he read about it in the guide book, he wondered how in the world they had a store with 2,000 different kinds of meat. So we headed that way and back toward Zoo Station. That was also close to the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedactnis-Kirche which we couldn’t find yesterday.



KaDeWe did not disappoint. They had huge cheese, meat, chocolate, and bread cases on the 6th floor and the other floors were a huge department store. We were tempted to make a plan to come back and eat there for dinner, or just have dessert.

Then we went to find the church, which is very iconic and should’ve been extremely easy. After walking around, cursing and checking multiple maps, we walked around to the other side of this “office building” and realized that they had wrapped the church in order to restore it.

And what it should've looked like

Gedachtnis – Kirche

After realizing that we weren’t crazy and could read a map, Earl and I were ready to see if we could take a tour and climb the dome on the Reichstag, so we went back to our favorite place, or really our central place, the Brandenburg Gate S-Bahn Station and walked over to the Reichstag. After taking a few pictures, we asked about the tour and were told that basically there was a 2-3 month waiting list for a full tour and to go inside the dome and walk up it you needed to register 2 days before. (That would’ve been nice to know weeks ago)

Sunset behind Brandenburger Tor

Sunset behind Brandenburger Tor



Since that was a bust, we started walking down towards the Victoria statue. She is an iconic gold statue, and Earl’s pictures do it more justice than mine.



To end the day, we walked down to the Tiergarten station, when we again saw the motorcade for the Turkish president while we were standing at the station. Next stop was the Hauptbahnhof to get something to eat before going back to the hotel.

After eating and forgetting that we had to go to the next S-Bahn station to get the correct U-Bahn line, we just decided to take the U-Bahn that was there to our favorite Brandenburg gate stop and walk from there.

Haupt Bahnhof


Only clocked 19,177 steps today. 🙂


One thought on “Sept 20 – Reichstag or Bust

  1. great Pictures

    Posted by Ruthi | September 20, 2011, 4:24 PM

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