By Noah – We’ve re-ignited our travelling sparks to go on a two week journey from Berlin, Germany to Prague, Czech Republic. My mum thought that this unusual way of organising a summer holiday would be a great way to change our routine. We flew out of Birmingham International Airport at about 5 O’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, glad to see the back of gloomy weather and cats and dogs from the sky. We landed and took a local bus towards the main train station before going to our apartment on foot. This was surprisingly difficult seeing as I had written down the address wrong. I got 31 instead of 60; not my finest navigational hour! But at half ten at night we were greeted and led into a cosy room where we would stay for the next few days.
Today, Thursday, was our first day exploring the city. Despite warnings about the size and scale of the capital of Germany, we continued on foot. Our first stop was the Palace of Tears, a museum in the location of the main meeting point between East and West Germans during the time of the wall. It gave us a valued insight to the lives of those who lived around the wall and their struggles and hardships when trying to cross the now infamous structure. Our next stop was the Brandenburg Gate, as seen in the image above. This spectacular architectural feat has inspired many forms of media to take it in and use the iconic image over and over again. It’s so amazing that I hope to recreate it in block form using mine craft later tonight.
The next stop on our list was the famous parliament building of Germany, the Reichstag (Bundestag) but unfortunately you have to book in advance online to go there and we hadn’t done that. We looked later that day online but there were no available times until we left Berlin 😦 . A quick adjustment to the plans meant a trip to the Führer’s bunker. This was the bunker that was specifically made to protect Adolf Hitler from air raids during the Second World War. It was also the place where he committed suicide and is hardly advertised elsewhere in the city. The next part of our journey was a long walk through the Großer Tiergarten towards the Berlin Victory Column. At more than 350 steps to the top we kept our tired feet firmly on the ground.
Our next destination was the Berlin Underworld tour which led us through a restored air-raid shelter from WW2. Due to this stop being so far away, we decided to save our legs and take a train. This was a very good way to get around the city with stations near most of the popular attractions. The tour showed us how difficult the conditions were for people in the shelter but also how the nazis put the Germans at risk by not making a single roof bomb proof. Finally, many steps later, we walked back to our air bnb after finding a great spot to have a pizza which we will go back to right now…