Berlin, Germany

Maggie Crosby's Cultural Pilgrimage to Berlin, Germany

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Why Berlin?

I chose Berlin, Germany for many reasons. One being I love Germany. I love the scenery, food, and history. For some reason I am fascinated in the history of world war II so going into all these places and putting its history to a memory of mine and the past is so cool.

Day 1: Travel to Berlin

Expedia package I bought for $1,492.43 covered a round trip flights to Berlin and 6 nights at the Aldea Novum Berlin Centrum hotel.


Flight Plans:

DELTA:

Dallas (DAL) to Atlanta (ATL)

Depart 3:55 pm, Arrive 7:00 pm

Connection Flight 1:

AIRFRANCE:

Atlanta (ATL) to Paris (CDG)

Depart 9:00 pm Arrive 11:15 am

Connection Flight 2:

AIRFRANCE:

Paris (CDG) to Berlin (TXL) (meal given on plane)

Depart 12:35 pm Arrive 2:15 pm


Buy a week long U-Bahn pass for 14.7 Euros ($20.30)

Take the U-Bahn to hotel.

Check into 3 star Aldea Novum Berlin Centrum hotel about 2 miles from the city center.

Aldea Novum Berlin Centrum Hotel

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Take U-Bahn into city center.

Spend day in Berlin's city center (shop, talk to locals, look around, enjoy city)

Dinner

Bed

Day 2: Olympic Stadium & Berlin Cathedral

Breakfast

11:00 - Travel to Olympic Stadium

11:30 - Tour Olympic Stadium (olympic pool, run on the track in the stadium, Marathon gate, Glockenturm Bell tower, and more).

*This cost me 7 Euros ($9.66)*

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Lunch

2:00 pm - Travel to Berlin Cathedral

2:30 pm - Walk around Berlin Cathedral and go in it's dome. This cost me from 5-8 Euro ($6.90-$11.04)

Berlin Cathedral

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4:45 - Travel back to city center

Dinner

Take a leisure walk back to hotel, taking pictures along the way.

Bed


Day 3: Berlin Segway Tour & Reichstag Dome

Breakfast

10 am - Berlin Segway Tour. This cost me $89.83.

  • Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Marx & Engels Platz
  • Palace of the Republic
  • Hitler's bunker
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Gendarmenmarkt
  • Nazi Topography of Terror
  • Unter den Linden
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Luftwaffe Ministry
  • Bebelplatz
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Reichstag


Berlin Segway Tour
Lunch

3 pm - Go inside Reichstag. Walk around and view their government in action. Walk up the spiral inclined dome and view all of Berlin and its surroundings.

Dinner

8 pm - Go back to Reichstag and walk to top of dome and view city from atop at night.

Bed

Day 4: Holocaust Memorial

Breakfast

10 am - Go shopping

Lunch

1 pm - Travel to Holocaust Memorial

1:15 pm - Holocaust Memorial. Admission was free but I like audio tours so that cost me 4 Euro ($5.52).

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5 pm - Travel back to city

Dinner

Bed

Day 5: Checkpoint Charlie, Steiff Bear Factory & Live Jazz Music

Breakfast

10 am - Travel to Checkpoint Charlie (by U-Bahn) and look around outside and the two sides.

10:30 am- Checkpoint Charlie Museum. This cost me a total of 17 Euro ($23.47). I paid 3.50 Euro and 1 Euro more than the 12.50 Euro entrance fee, so that I could have an audio tour and the ability to take photos.

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1:30 pm - Lunch

2 pm -Travel to the Steiff Galerie factory, museum and store. This is a teddy bear factory.

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4 pm -Travel back to hotel and relax before dinner.

Dinner

7 pm - Yorckschlosschen is where I will listen to live jazz and blues music.

Bed


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Day 6: Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin Residence Orchestra Concert

Breakfast

9 am - Marietta Cafe for German Coffee

Enjoy easy last full day in Berlin. Go and finish sights seeing and shopping.

Lunch in town

Continue seeing sights and shopping.

3 pm- Travel to Charlottenburg Palace

4 pm - Charlottenburg Palace. I bought a $100.53 package that included the Charlottenburg Palace tour, dinner and concert.

  • self guided palace tour
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6 pm - Dinner at Charlottenburg Palace

8:30 pm - Concert at Palace by Berlin Residence Orchestra

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Charlottenburg Palace: Dinner and Concert by the Berlin Residence Orchestra

Travel back to hotel. Prepare for tomorrow.

Bed

Day 7: Fly Home

Flight Plans:

KLM:

Berlin (TXL) to Amsterdam (AMS)

Depart 6:00 am Arrive 7:25 am


Amsterdam (AMS) to Atlanta (ATL)

Depart 10:30 am Arrive 3:18 pm


DELTA:

Atlanta (ATL) to Dallas (DAL)

Depart 5:30 pm Arrive 6:50 pm

Receipts

Expedia Package (round-trip flights & 6 night hotel): $1,492.43

U-Bahn Week package (used as main vessel of transportation): $20.30

Sights Seen Fees: $139.54

Cost of meals: $720 (one meal was covered in the miscellaneous price-palace dinner)

Miscellaneous Cost: $627.73


Grand Total: $3,000