We recently went to Berlin. We saw so much in two days, it was unbelievable. We stayed at a pension (cross between a hotel and a hostel) just off of Ku'dam Street, which is a really nice shopping district. Ya know, those stores like Gucci and Prada where I don't even feel worthy enough to walk in. Also, we booked a room with a shared bathroom. Since we were the only ones in the hotel with a shared bathroom and it was right next to our room, it wasn't much different, and we saved 40 Euro!
The owner was really nice too. Just to give you an idea of my humor and German frankness:
Hotel owner at check in, looking at my wedding ring: Wow, that's a big ring. You must be rich.
Me: Naw, it's small, it just has a tall setting...see, it's an illusion.
Hotel owner: Ah, ok.
Me: Plus, if I was rich, would I really be staying at a hotel like this?
Hotel owner, unphased: Haha, this is true.
We took a ton of pictures, especially at the Charlottenburg Palace, because you had to pay 3 Euros to take photos. I wasn't too keen on the idea, but it was something Craig really wanted to see and remember. I made sure to get my money's worth!
Topography of Terror. Ruins of Gestapo Headquarters with Berlin Wall above.
Eating my first Currywurst. Overrated.
Gardens behind Schloss Charlottenburg
More photos here, including my husband's commentary.
Also, if you're planning a trip to Berlin, I highly suggest the DDR (GDR) Museum. It was a hands-on exhibit showing life and history of East Berlin. My husband and I were quite young when the wall came down, so it's hard to really grasp that part of history, but this museum was better than any book or TV special. It was a great museum, but unfortunately I could not find a David Hasselhof keyboard scarf at the gift shop.