Four Bustling Days in Berlin

posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 10:03:34 AM

 

Explore the rich history of Berlin, home to the famous wall, Pergamon Museum, and somber points of interest from WWII. Spend four bustling days in the capital of Germany with Vacations by Marriott while you get more than a history lesson. Check out our Berlin vacation packages and get ready for a fun, educational experience the whole family will enjoy.

Day 1: Welcome to Berlin! You’ve settled in at the Berlin Marriott Hotel and are excited to start exploring. You decide to start your adventures with a bang at the famous Brandenberg Gate – one of the most famous landmarks in all of Germany. The gate was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia and built between 1788 and 1791. This is a great photo opportunity to kick off one epic trip, so you start posting selfies on Facebook and Instagram! Your next stop, conveniently right next door, is the Reichstag Building. The Reichstag was opened in 1894 to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire; it is a beautiful glass-domed masterpiece that currently is the House of Parliament. After a first great day of exploration, you decide to call it an early night and head back to the hotel’s Midtown Grill for dinner.

Day 2: You have decided to make today a museum day, so you travel out to Museum Island, home to five world-renowned facilities. You are determined to at least poke your head in to each of them. The museums include Pergamon, Bode, Neues, Alte Nationalgalerie and Altes. The Pergamon is the most visited museum in Berlin, about 1 million guests per year, and houses an “exquisite collection of classical treasures.” You are sure to track down the Pergamon Altar of Zeus, the Roman market gate of Milet and Ishtar Gate and the Mshatta façade. Your second museum is the Bode, an impressive three-wing complex. You decide to take a quick spin through the highlighted collections: the sculptures, Museum for Byzantine Art and Coin Cabinet. In the Neus, you head straight through the Egyptian exhibits to see the Nefertiti, the incredible 3,300-year-old stucco-coated limestone bust of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The last two museums are much smaller, so you just take a quick look before dinner time. What a day – you covered a lot of ground and even more history!

Day 3: You start your day today at the famous Berlin Wall. The wall divided East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989 and has lots of history behind it, so you stop frequently to gather all of the historical information that you can. A particular highlight of the Berlin Wall is the East Side Gallery, which features an international memorial for freedom — located right near the center of the city, you walk all along this 1.3 kilometer-long section. Next you make sure to go see Checkpoint Charlie, which was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. The final stop on your Berlin Wall exploration is the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, or the Berlin Wall Memorial, commemorating the division of Berlin by the wall and all of the deaths that occurred there. You go for dinner and then take one last walk past the wall at night to see how beautiful, yet haunting, some of the lighted sections look in the dark.

Day 4: It’s your final day in Berlin, and you have a lot to cover! You are going to see the two World War II points of interest: The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Topography of Terror, and then you head to Charlottenburg Palace and finish your day with a boat ride on the Spree. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews, also referred to as the Holocaust Memorial, is a sobering experience that features 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. There is also an underground exhibit that features the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims. With World War II being such an integral part of Germany’s history, you are glad that you were able to visit this memorial, constructed in 2004. Topography of Terror is an indoor/outdoor history museum right on the spot where the Gestapo and the SS had their headquarters. You always love a good history experience and learn a lot by walking around the museum. Your next stop after lunch is the large and extravagant Charlottenburg Palace. Designed mostly in the baroque and rococo styles during the 17th century, the grounds not only include a palace but also a large formal garden, belvedere, mausoleum, theater and pavilion. This is a great place to explore for the afternoon, so you pull out your camera and start wandering. Your last activity for today will be an exciting yet relaxing one; you have decided to do a boat tour of the Spree, the river that runs through the city. What a memorable way to end an incredible trip! You are sad to head home tomorrow but glad that you were able to squeeze so much into your four bustling days in Berlin!

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