Germany: Day 8

While our last day felt a bit rushed due to our quick 45-minute breakfast, the chaperones sacrificed their digestion for the good of the easily bored students. Another train ride and walk through Alexanderplatz returned us to Museum Island and our last museum of the trip: The Neues. Heavily bombed during World War II and finally restored and renovated in the 80s, it is home to, besides a wide array of early German, Celtic, and Roman artifacts, an expansive and impressive Egyptian collection, including, most importantly, the world-famous Bust of Nerfertiti. Our next stop, for shopping and lunching at KaDeWe and along Kudamm, was sabotaged by a closed KaDeWe (and seemingly every other store). Recalibrating, the group traded (some more enthusiastically than others!) shopping for a long lunch, including American-sized ice cream sundaes, at one of the few open restaurants in the area. We then walked to the Topography of Terror, a detailed exhibit on the history of the Nazi regime built on the sight of the former SS headquarters and next to a large, extant stretch of the Berlin Wall. Our final stop of the trip was another short stroll away: the inconspicuous site of Hitler’s bunker. From there, we took one last subway ride back to the hostel to rest and pack before our final group meal of the trip: Greek food, obviously! Tomorrow, we’ll fly to Amsterdam before heading back to Atlanta. Classes await us all on Tuesday!

In the Egyptian wing of the Neues Museum
Variations on a Theme #1
Variations on a Theme #2
Variations on a Theme #3
Seeking Nefertiti
Detail in the Egyptian wing
Hall of Egyptian Heads
Panel of Replica of Ghiberti’s Baptistery Door
The U-Bahn: The Best Way to See Berlin!

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