Europe

Day 3: Exploring Berlin

Day 3: We wanted to explore Berlin and see the historical things like the Brandenburg Gate, maybe even their government buildings.  As part of our museum pass, we added the transportation to give us access to the light rail and the bus.

Our hotel was next door to the Museum and the Cathedral, and that is also where we had to catch a bus. We hopped on the first bus that ran in the direction of the Gate.  Unfortunately the bus made a turn and we ended up farther away from the Gate than anticipated.

The bus ended up dropping us off at the Zoo, which actually was a bonus for us.  We were told to try a place called Curry 36, but we had no idea where it was located.  Fate stepped in and there it was!

Currywurst is a fast food dish very popular in Berlin, consisting of steamed, then fried pork sausage whole or often cut into slices and seasoned with curry ketchup, which is a sauce based on spiced ketchup or tomato paste,  topped with curry powder. They also have a ready-made ketchup seasoned with curry and other spices at the market. The dish is often served with French fries and mayonnaise.

After we finished our unscheduled snack, we hopped on the metro and made our way to another part of town, closer to the Brandenburg Gate.  While walking to the Gate, we came across the Memorial for the Murdered Jews, which looked like an endless maze.  There’s a museum in the middle of these blocks, and admission is free.  We didn’t realize they had it until I read about it later.

 


A few blocks later, we were at the Brandenburg Gate, the iconic gate that once separated the East and West Germany.  Now, sadly, its a touristy area, which resembles Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood more than a historic icon.

Not too far away from the Gate was Parliament.  Unfortunately we didn’t have a reservation or appointment, so we couldn’t go inside. They did have later appointments, but we didn’t have the time to go back.

 

 

 

 

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