Last week I had an amazing trip. I traveled to Berlin, Germany with my husband, his brother, and his mother. It was a trip with a purpose. My mother-in-law spent her childhood in Berlin, and she was going back for the first time…over 50 years later. A dream of hers for many, many years.
We stayed at the historic Hotel Adlon – right next to the Brandenburg Gate. You know…the one where Michael Jackson dangled his baby from the balcony? Yep…that one. But we didn’t dangle ourselves. Instead, we sat with our coffee, wine, and beer and people watched to our hearts content. The Brandenburg Gate is in the Pariser Platz – a tourist mecca. So much history took place within a few block radius of this location. It was so interesting learning about WWII, the events leading up to, during, and after it.
We toured the Reichstag building…it’s history is fascinating. As a building “For the People”, today it is used by Parliment. Reservations to enter the dome must be made in advance.
We experienced the Holocaust Memorial. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, it was intended to reflect the ups and downs of a Jewish Person’s life. Powerful is the best word to describe it.
A portion of the Berlin Wall still stands as well. A constant reminder of the Cold War.
We spent a beautiful morning biking through the Tiergarten. A gorgeous wooded park with many trails criss-crossing everywhere, and where statues, fountains, and ponds abound. Scholss Charlottenburg our destination – the amazing summer retreat of Sophie Charlotte. The grounds are gorgeous – the palace lavish – and to think it was just a summer retreat. Amazing.
Pergamon Museum, on Museum Island, was another destination of ours. The Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate are housed here. Seeing the pictures will not do it justice. The displays are truly jaw dropping in person.
A boat ride on the Spree River gave us a nice reprieve from walking. It was so relaxing floating down the river, Berliner Beer in hand, snapping photos from the water and seeking out fun Beer Gardens and Restaurants to go visit.
We even spent a day in Pottsdam – a suburb of Berlin. Park Sanssouci, the palaces, art gallery, and gorgeous gardens that are encompassing the area will overwhelm your senses. There is so much grandeur in one area…all dreamed up by Fredrick the Great. I could walk those grounds for days and not see everything. Truly, one day was not enough.
But, the highlight of the trip…without a doubt…was seeing the look on my mother-in-law’s face when she found her childhood home. We walked up and down the street until she found it. We drove to the park where she would run and play as a child. We reminisced about the amazing times she had in Berlin. We answered questions she had for all these years.
We loved our time together.
Seek and Ye Shall Find.