For the most part, on Saturday, we did things that a Berliner might ordinarily do. We started off with a breakfast at a leisurely pace at a small cafe. Like many things in Berlin, the food was inexpensive and very good. Called Cafe Butter, we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet with nicely-presented pastries, fruit, potatoes, fish, and other meats. Including a few mimosas and other drinks, the meal for four cost us just over $50, and about twenty cents to feed the parking meter. The weather was perfect for sitting outside, where live music added to the already pleasant atmosphere.
After breakfast, we headed outside the city for a unique shop in a small town that gave us a chance to see life where signs of the Soviet influences in East Berlin were alive and well. We made another stop in north central Berlin (kind of on our way back), drove around town a bit, and ended up making a stop at the Mall of Berlin.
German Museum of Technology
Yes, here we go again. Germanic people have been known for engineering for some time. The Berlin Technical Museum was huge, and we really didn’t leave enough time to fully take it in. From World War II-era planes fished out of lakes and rivers, to ship models and Holocaust relics, the museum was an impressive treat.
It was certainly interesting to see how relics of war and technological advancements used in support of awful causes were displayed. It certainly wasn’t covered up, but it wasn’t celebrated either.
By mid-afternoon on our second full day in Berlin, it was time to take our hosts to the airport for their flight back to Vienna. It was about a 20-mile round trip from the center of town, so we were back in the city in time for a little more afternoon sightseeing.
Since there were a few things we didn’t get to see on Saturday, we debated sticking around another day. It was late enough that we wouldn’t be up for the whole drive back to Brussels, so we found a cheap room for the night. After checking in, we enjoyed another nice dinner outdoors, this time at an Italian restaurant in Schöneberg, not far south from where we stayed the first two nights.
Monday morning we planned to be up and about, check out a few more things in Berlin and drive west to Brussels, more or less beginning the protracted trip back to the US. The rental car was due back there on Tuesday, where we’d catch a flight to Copenhagen.
|Day 12||58.2 mi||0 mi||0 mi||2.1 mi|
|Day 13||25.5 mi||0 mi||0 mi||2.3 mi|
|Total||2,215.7 mi||3,814 mi||134.0 mi||54.3 mi|