Atlantis Alumni

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fantastic Berlin!

It’s been about 20 years since we’ve been to Berlin. We last visited the German capitol city just after the Berlin Wall came down. When we visited in about 1990 or 1991 we stayed in what was the former West Berlin near the shopping street known as the KuDam. But when Berlin was partitioned in 1945, the communists got the really historic part of the city east of the Brandenburg Gate, including the famous Museum Island, site of so many historic buildings and museums. So we visited that part of town as well as Potsdammer Platz, once a beautiful and vibrant centerpiece of this great city, which was destroyed during WW II. At that time Potsdammer Platz had not been rebuilt. It was literally just an open field. However, now it is fully developed with many modern buildings. You would never know it had recently been nothing but empty space.

Our day in Germany began early Saturday morning after the Emerald Princess docked near Rostock in Northern Germany. We took a fast train to Berlin. The trip was about two and one half hours. We had only about five hours to enjoy Berlin this trip, but we managed to pack a lot into our short visit including visits to two of the major museums and quite a bit of sightseeing. In the late afternoon we caught the fast train back to the North, boarded our ship and set sail once again for Denmark.


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