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Northern Europe Explorer: 24 Days

May 22-June 15 2011

Berlin via
Warnemünde

Google Interactive Map: The Big Picture

Google Interactive Map: Warnemunde & Berlin

Photos begin with a view of the Cathedral of Berlin *, then there are 3 images of the new Parliament building. Next are 3 views of government buildings as seen from the canal, followed by a view of the recreation of the "Checkpoint Charlie" point. The Brandenburg gate is next, with an overview and a close-in. A view of a footprint site of part of the Berlin Wall follows, along with a close-up of one of the locations where most of the wall is still visible. A view of the Holocaust Memorial closes the Berlin section; the final 4 photos are of the fields and forests of East Germany, as seen from the train.

Activities:

Train trip to Berlin; guided tour of city highlights

Berlin Photos-17

Vendor:

Holland America

Why Selected?

This trip lasted as long as the time we were in port; we would have risked missing the sail-away time if we'd tried it on our own.

Photo Slide Show: 17 photos; click anywhere in the photo to advance.

Tips/Tricks:

These old East German rail cars seat 6 people in a single compartment, 2 rows of 3 seats each face each other. Not a lot of room and seats do not recline, but not as uncomfortable as it sounds. This tour provided snacks/water both directions; packaged food except for a fresh apple. Lunch was provided at a tour-selected restaurant; typical German food. Glass of champagne was offered (or orange juice) at the Parliament stop. While, with the exception of lunch, the food provided was not particularly nutritious, it isn't necessary to bring your own food and water.

The Parliament building area and the canal boat ride can be windy and chilly; have a jacket or warm sweater handy.

Comments:

This was, for us, probably the best way to see Berlin when arriving by cruise ship; the tour was well-managed and was as described in the literature. Next time we might opt for local tours of Warnemünde as we had no opportunity to see this area due to time constraints.

Photo Information:
Welcome to the Berlin Cathedral Church (Oberpfarr- und Domkirche von Berlin)
The Cathedral of Berlin is the largest church in the city, and it serves as a vital center for the Protestant church of Germany. Reaching out well beyond the borders of the parish and of Berlin, the cathedral attracts thousands of visitors, year after year, from Germany and abroad.

With church services, concerts, tours, and many more events and offerings, the cathedral presents a wide variety of opportunities to come closer to the Christian religious tradition.
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