Despite its mystifying lack of Nutella and, according to one student, ‘normal’ cereals, breakfast at the hostel warmed up and revived the group for a varied day of activities. Jumping on the U-Bahn like locals rushing to work, we headed to the very drab, 70s stylings of Alexanderplatz, drawing interesting contrasts to yesterday’s walk through the more dynamically modern Potsdamer Platz.
on the U-Bahn:
From there, we headed to the Berliner Dom, touring its massive interior and subterranean crypts.
A short walk placed us at the endlessly under renovation Pergamon Museum on Berlin’s famed Museum Island. While the Pergamon Altar’s room itself remained off limits, many amazing sights remained open to our tour and Mr Hornor’s explications.
The Ishtar Gate:
The Market Gate of Miletus:
Outside the unvisited but adjacent Bode Museum (we’ll visit the Neues Museum tomorrow):
Leaving Museum Island, we walked to Berlin’s Neue Synagogue:
Lunches high above the city in the food halls of KaDeWe, Berlin’s Harrods-ish department store, followed by perhaps extravagant shopping were next on the agenda. Advertising their American-ness even more by toting matching KaDeWe bags, the group took the train back to the hostel to rest and prepare for dinner. Mr Hornor’s Berlin-based cousin took the group to a cozy and very delicious dinner at Pratergarten in his home neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg in south Berlin.
Restaurant, badly lighted:
Tomorrow: the Neues Museum, the Topography of Terror, and more!