Exploring Berlin

by bretzelitos

On my rest day in Berlin, I decided to do stuff that I haven’t done in this city yet – or just such a long time ago that I can’t really remember it anymore.

First, I had an opulent Champagne breakfast with luxury food, followed by a swim in the hotel pool spa. Very enjoyable indeed. Nice to see that they have not refurbished the pool are at all, still the same as I know it from 1999.

Similar to Amsterdam, I took a river cruise. On the Spree through the Government district. The weather was 100% sunny and the ride extremely enjoyable. The trip started close to Friedrichsstrasse train station with Stern und Kreis Reederei. The ship, well booked indeed, brought its passengers down to Castle Bellevue and up to the locks just after Museumsinsel.

After a short lunch in a steak house, I went on visiting Nofretete. For sure, not her in person, but her bust that is on display in Neues Museum on the Museumsinsel here in Berlin. The bust is part of the Egyptian collection German archeologists have gathered and sent to Europe during several field trips in the late 1800s. It is impressive how much has been excavated and how well it is preserved. Unfortunately, direct pictures of her are prohibited close to the bust, but I got her from the distance (see below).

I tried to find some clothes in the summer sales afterwards at KaDeWe, but there was nothing that jumped into my eyes – quality, price and style in mind. Nevertheless, in the high class restaurant area, I enjoyed a 5J jamon iberico sandwich with a glass of wine – absolutely excellent.

I have closed the day with a dinner in Kreuzberg – Austrian style at the Restaurant Jolesch. Two large Wiener Schnitzel with a glass of “Gemischter Satz” from Vienna and Apfelstrudel afterwards. Absolutely delicious. Tripadvisor was once again very right.

Today, my trip continues. Planned are 500-600 km of driving. What would be my next target?