Today was our last day in Berlin. We got up fairly early, had a delicious breakfast of Colombian eggs, and then headed out to Alexanderplatz. This is one of the oldest parts of the city.
Our first stop was at the Berliner Rathaus which is a stunning red brick building and is the office of the governing mayor of Berlin.
We walked around the square to see the Neptunbrunnen where Neptune is surrounded by 4 female figures symbolizing the main rivers of Prussia at the time. They were doing some work on the fountain so I couldn’t get that good a photo.
We walked on a bit more and came to the Marienkirche. This was originally built in 1270 and has an amazing baroque tower.
From here we wandered down to the river and could see the famous Berliner Dom.
Down by the river we booked a city tour on one of the river boats.
First we headed up past the Nikolaiviertel which is the city’s oldest coherent quarter and you can just see towers of the Nikolaikirche in one of the photos below.
We went past the television tower, the German history museum and under a lovely cast iron bridge.
We travelled on past the Reichstag and the parliament buildings. A bridge goes across the river from the parliament buildings on the west to those on the east.
We passed a riverside bar, some floral modern art and another couple of lovely bridges.
The last main place we passed was the museum island and back to the Berliner Dom.
From here we disembarked and made our way back to the television tower. On the way we passed the statue of Martin Luther who founded the protestant church in Germany.
We had booked lunch in the tv tower so we got the lift up to the bar and observation area.
The tv tower is over 200m tall and the lift travels at 6m per second. My ears popped on the way up.
At the bar we had a delicious lunch of Berlin meatball and Beer.
The views from the observation deck were amazing, you could see everything and lucky we had a lovely, clear, sunny day.
After our tv tower tour we walked back over the bridge to the museum island. The museum buildings are amazing and of course, the gorgeous cathedral is there too.
I think this photo is one of my favourite ones of the trip.
From the museum island we walked down Unter den Linden.
We stopped at the Neue Wache which is the central memorial for all the victims of war.
The next stop was Bebelplatz which is where the Nazis burnt all the books that they deemed not suitable. Surrounding the square are the opera house, a university building and the Hedwig cathedral.
We walked down this street, and all the buildings were really impressive- it was the street where the east Germans demonstrated their impressive power.
We walked all the way to the Brandenburg gate again and then through this, via the caller memorial onto the Soviet Memorial.
After this we went back to the apartment, finished our packing and drank a final beer before heading off to our respective destinations.
It was a fantastic five days with my sister!
I took some photos on the and leaving Berlin and arriving in London.