Things we loved in Berlin
We were lucky enough to meet Indie Travel Podcast listener Tina, as well as old friends while in Berlin.
The Berlin Welcome Card made it easy to get around. Visiting the Charlottenburg neighbourhood for the first time was something quite amazing: a very different side of Berlin to what we’re accustomed to. We also made it out to…
Which was simply amazing! The gardens full of palaces, the little Russian and Dutch enclaves. Well worth a day trip from Berlin. But don’t make our mistake: hire bikes to help you get around.
History in context
Our Urban Adventures Storyline Tour of Berlin put us in the hands of Greta, a Berliner with a personal connection with the place. Touching briefly on the distant past, the focus was on the last hundred years, as we saw Berlin change through WWI, WWII, and the Cold War, as it played an important part of each conflict. We also headed underground with the Berliner Unterwelten group, exploring a WWII bunker inside a working subway station.
Things we loved in Düsseldorf
The city rally
Linda fell in love with exploring the city using the City Rally: a treasure hunting brochure put out by Visit Düsseldorf. The walking + cruising tour we did later took us to many of the same spots, but allowed us to understand better what we had seen.
Aquariums, museums, galleries, palaces, and geocaching
With the Düsseldorf Welcome Card we had free or discounted entry to most of the galleries and attractions. We saw a photo exhibition, the aquarium, the film museum, the ceramics museum, and took the tram out to Benrath Palace. At many of these locations, we joined our couchsurfing hosts in finding some devilishly well-planned geocaches.
The Alt Bier
This style of top-fermented beer is micro-brewed in several of the city’s oldest pubs. Needless to say, we had to sample as many as we could.
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Thanks to VisitBerlin and Düsseldorf Tourismus for their help in these cities.
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