This was the day I could put into practice all the things I had learned about getting around in Berlin – a day on my own to explore!
I started by walking to the Wittenbergplatz U-Bahn station. In the station I noticed a sign showing the name, but on a London Underground sign which intrigued me, so once home I looked up what this was about. Apparently the sign was donated by London Transport in 1952 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U-Bahn, and Wittenbergplatz station is one of the oldest stations in Berlin.
I caught a train to Markisches Museum stop where I got off and walked across the Spree River and along the bank towards Berlin Cathedral. Along the way I took lots of photos and found a lovely Bronze work perched on the wall on the bank of the river right across from the Cathedral which was called “Three Girls and a Boy” by Wilfred Fitzenreiter. This was another great spot for photo opportunities with the sculptures and the Cathedral beyond.
After hearing that you could go up onto the Dome of the Berlin Cathedral, I knew that I wanted to do that, so purchased a ticket at the Cathedral that cost me 7 Euros. The Cathedral has a beautiful Altar with plenty of gilt, marble and onyx which I took time to admire before starting the hike up the 267 steps to the gallery. The view from the top gives a nice overview of the city even on the cloudy day that it was then I was there. I took some time to take it all in, and of course some photos before returning to ground level, where I grabbed a coffee and Apple Strudel in the café in the basement of the Cathedral.
My next stop was close by, the Altes Museum where I purchase a combo ticket to include the Neues Museum as well, using the tip that Guide Mike had given us on the first day tour I took with Insider Tours. The Altes Museum houses lots of artifacts from Greece, the Etruscans and Romans, over 2 floors. I made a guick circuit of the exhibits before leaving and walking across the road to the beautiful Neues Museum where I made a point to see the 3,330 year old Bust of Nefertiti, and the 3,000 year old Berlin Gold Hat from the Bronze age – just beautiful.
I left Museum Island and walked west along Unter den Linden, window shopping and taking it all in. By now I was getting hungry again, so stopped at Einstein Coffeehouse (Unter den Linden 42) for another Cappuccino and was also tempted by a delicious looking Pear Tart. Being on the main tourist street it wasn’t cheap, but the Tart was so good and the ambience so nice, that to me it was worth it! I’m just a sucker for anything sweet.
By this time is was mid afternoon and I still had somewhere particular that I wanted to visit, so I walked on past the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag building to catch the 100 bus back to near the Zoo. From there I walked the short the distance to the KaDeWe Department Store which I had both read about, and heard from friends, that it was well worth a visit especially for the Gourmet Food Court.
The KaDeWe reminded me of Harrods in London. I found the souvenir section on the Children’s toy level, and then ventured up to the food court on level 6. Wow is all I can say, I think I walked around with my mouth open in awe of so much amazing food of all kinds on display! I went on up to the top floor where there is a restaurant which also looked amazing and very tempting, but I had plans to meet up with my husband for dinner, and it was time to get back to the hotel to meet him.
For dinner we decided to try a Bavarian restaurant called surprisingly enough, Bavarian. It was tucked away in the lower level of the Europa Center (Tauentzienstrasse 9-12). It had mixed reviews, but we wanted to try more German Sausage, and the waitress turned out to be wonderful and she helped us choose a sampler plate with 3 different types of sausage to try and delicious potatoes and cabbage. I enjoyed the sweet Weisswurstsenf suss mustard so much that the waitress kindly brought me a handful of sachets to take away with me! We washed it all down with a tall beer and were so stuffed that the walk back to the hotel was a welcome chance to move it all down a bit. From our experience, I would recommend this restaurant.