Thursday, April 11, 2013

Father-Daughter Eurotrip: Day Nine

I'm going to start off this post by saying that I have always wanted to go to Germany for as long as I can remember. I've been a history nerd since I was in elementary school. Those American Girl books, history textbooks, and tons of other book series were constantly being read. It's no surprise that I was a European history major in college concentrating on World War II and the Cold War. So, Berlin was truly a playground for me.

Entering the American Sector  
East v. West  
Our morning started with touring the area around Checkpoint Charlie. There is a new walking exhibit describing the years of the Cold War, construction of the Wall, and those who risked their lives to escape from the East.

Part of the Berlin Wall still standing 
After viewing the outside exhibit, Dad and I checked out the museum. The museum, itself, could require an entire day to do. It's stocked full of artifacts, photos, videos, etc. all devoted to the Cold War. Truly worth a visit!

Potsdamer Platz
From there, we explored Potsdamer Platz before viewing the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe as well as the memorial to homosexuals who were killed in World War II.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 
We continued our walk around town down to the Bradenburg Gate where we came upon a group of street performers!


The Bradenburg Gate
Since it was starting to get colder and appeared that it might start raining, we toured around in a hop-on-hop-off bus to get to see the rest of the city that we would not have time for.

A little piece of home

TV Tower
For dinner that evening, we tried our hand at some traditional dishes! Complete with beer, I had the goulash and noodles while Dad tried the beef! And, yes...the apple strudel did make the desert order!


Yum!
It was a great first day in Berlin! Stay tuned for the second day re-cap!