Maggie Crosby's Cultural Pilgrimage to Berlin, Germany
Day 1: Travel to Berlin
Dallas (DAL) to Atlanta (ATL)
Depart 3:55 pm, Arrive 7:00 pm
Connection Flight 1:
Atlanta (ATL) to Paris (CDG)
Depart 9:00 pm Arrive 11:15 am
Connection Flight 2:
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
Spend day in Berlin's city center (shop, talk to locals, look around, enjoy city)
Day 2: Olympic Stadium & Berlin Cathedral
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)*
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)
4:45 - Travel back to city center
Take a leisure walk back to hotel, taking pictures along the way.
Day 3: Berlin Segway Tour & Reichstag Dome
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
- Nazi Topography of Terror
- Unter den Linden
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Luftwaffe Ministry
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
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.
8 pm - Go back to Reichstag and walk to top of dome and view city from atop at night.
Day 4: Holocaust Memorial
10 am - Go shopping
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).
Day 5: Checkpoint Charlie, Steiff Bear Factory & Live Jazz Music
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.
2 pm -Travel to the Steiff Galerie factory, museum and store. This is a teddy bear factory.
4 pm -Travel back to hotel and relax before dinner.
7 pm - Yorckschlosschen is where I will listen to live jazz and blues music.
Day 6: Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin Residence Orchestra Concert
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
8:30 pm - Concert at Palace by Berlin Residence Orchestra
Travel back to hotel. Prepare for tomorrow.
Day 7: Fly Home
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
Atlanta (ATL) to Dallas (DAL)
Depart 5:30 pm Arrive 6:50 pm
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