Slightly belatedly, I thought I would share some details on our final day in Berlin and the sights we took in before flying home to Belfast.
We had discovered that the Berlin Wall Memorial was a stone’s throw from our hotel in Berlin Mitte and within a five minute walk after breakfast we had arrived there. The Memorial consists of a 1.4 km section of the wall and an adjacent documentation centre. Together these tell the history of how the wall was constructed and commemorate the people (often young people) who lost their lives trying to escape over the wall to the west. Standing next to a section of the wall on a grey Berlin day, the reality of what it must have felt like to see this wall be built and to live daily in its presence became much more apparent. Rather than just being something I’d read about, happening in some foreign country, it was real, it did really exist and people’s lives were hugely affected by it. Although I was glad to have seen it, it was a bit depressing if I’m honest and we didn’t linger too long.
Looking for something a little more lighthearted to enjoy on our last day, we doubled back to our hotel and then walked further up Invalidenstrasse to the Natural History Museum (Museum for Naturkunde). I’m not one for museums typically but I have to say, I really enjoyed my time here. I guess you would say it’s an old school type of museum, packed full of exhibits, traditionally displayed in cabinets etc but a great learning resource all the same. The place was full of children who like ourselves had mostly come to see the dinosaurs on display. I guess I never imagined I’d be sharing a picture of a dinosaur on this blog but this is definitely a sight worth seeing….the world’s biggest dinosaur skeleton, a Brachiosaurus that stands 13.27 metres high.
Some other exhibits…
As always, I like to look out for other interesting details and I loved the museum entrance and how the building looked lit up at night !
By the time we left the museum (we spent a lot longer than we thought) it was getting late and so we made our way back to the hotel for a bite to eat and a bit of a rest. An hour or so later, we headed out to the final stop of our trip – the Schlot Jazzclub. Luckily for us, this was just across the street on Invalidenstrasse, through an office block and in typical Berlin style, down some steps to the basement beneath. Packed full with locals and some tourists, we listened to some great tunes for an hour or two while enjoying a few drinks. The perfect way to end our three day stay in Berlin – a wonderful, vibrant city with an unforgettable past but carving out a new future.