After our Sachsenhausen visit, we were dropped off back in the center of Berlin, at which point Steve, myself and the Natalies broke off from the group to do our own exploring. Thanks to my excessive guidebook reading, I had some ideas of where to go and what to see. Of course there's never quite enough time, but we definitely tried to make the most out of a dreary, chilly day :)
|Marienkirche & TV Tower|
|Inside the Nikolaikirche|
We did try to get into the Pergamonmuseum today...not sure if it was because it was a weekend, but the line was at least an hour long! We waited for maybe 15 minutes, when Steve overheard the French couple behind us talking about how long the line was...at which point we decided to go back the next day. More on that later :)
Now, we had been told to watch out for this little fellow called Amplemann...found on the crosswalk signs only in East Germany. Of course half of Berlin was West German territory, so if you're a first time visitor and simply wandering around, imagine how exiting it is when the crosswalk signs go from normal, to this!
I'm not going to lie, we got really freaking excited every time Amplemann popped up during our time in Berlin! Wouldn't you? I mean, "go" Amplemann is a friendly Comrade whistling his way to work. "Stop" Amplemann looks like he wants to give you a hug. Well, Amplemann, I want to hug you too.
Today was the first day I got to truly try out a guidebook-recommended restaurant on this particular trip. We chose "Restaurant Nolle" on Georgenstrasse (in the Antikmarkt Antiquitaten). This 20s-themed restaurant is known for its decent prices and delicious schnitzel, and personally I think it was one of the best meals of the trip!
|Delicious German wine!|
We took our time eating (and drinking our wine) before deciding to jump on the S-Bahn/U-Bahn to go back to our hotel. We had to board at the...I want to say Friedrickstrasse train station, then make a change at Alexanderplatz. I was in charge of getting us home quickly and safely (our feet were killing us), so imagine my excitement when my limited knowledge of German and my good sense of direction worked together to accomplish that goal!
|Hey, we got on the right S-Bahn!|
|...and we got on the right U-Bahn!|
|YAY WE MADE IT!|