05.01.2012 - 05.01.2012
Today, we paid ten Euros each for the privilege of having a man named Jim lead us around the heart of Berlin for three and a half hours. The tour was a general one on the history of Berlin and took us from the railway station at Hackescher Markt down to Museum Island, past the Humboldt University, in front of the Brandenburg Gate, past the location of Hitler's bunker (now a carpark), along the line of the Berlin Wall to Checkpoint Charlie, and ending finally in a square between two Churches near Friedrichstrasse. Jim pointed out to us many interesting locations and their histories along the way, including a very unique monument to the burning of thousands of books during a Nazi rally and the story of Hitlers final hours in his bunker during the battle of Berlin. After the tour we rushed back to the Neues Museum on Museum Island to hopefully catch a glimpse of a mummy! Alas, no mummies were found but the collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts was very good, including the bust of Neferititi, perhaps the most famous of the Egyptian queens. Happening to be in the same part of Berlin, we returned to "Andy's" for an American Burger, then left for home with our tummies full.