Visit Berlin, Germany, By Mouse
(tourist web site
) is 118 miles northeast of Leipzig
. An enclave within Russian controlled East Germany after WW II,
it was identified as West Berlin, and not as Russian controlled East Berlin. Since the reunification of Germany in 1990,
the two parts became one and the capitol of Germany. It is a large city, with a population of 3 million in a metropolitan area population
of over 6 million.
After the bus tour we had a very pleasant walk on the Kurfurstendam
, Berlin’s main shopping street (modeled after the Champs Elysee
in Paris). We went into the huge Ka De We department
store (yes that is its name, which we could not remember when we wrote our letter)
because we needed something for dinner, and toured its amazing food floor, where there were many choices of prepared food to take
So this day was very pleasant. We realized that there was much to explore in this center of culture, politics, media and science.
For example, there are between 153 and 170 museums
(depending on your source of information) , 53 theaters, the most visited zoo
europe, many churches and a botanical garden
among a host of other attractions. (You can get detailed information about these on the
tourist web site link above.) But to explore these would take more time than we wanted to spend there. Perhaps because of the unpleasant
experiences with the people in the campground, we decided that we were more interested in getting on to other places we had in mind
for this trip--other cities like Dresden and Prague, and then Italy. So we ended up only with that day in Berlin.
Based on conversations
with others who have been to Berlin, we think our experiences were atypical and that Berlin deserves a visit.