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Day 7, Berlin 3rd day:
This day we have decided to not walk that much as we have done earlier days. We want to take a river boat on the channels.
Here is a map of Berlin:
Even today we were only in the central region of Berlin.
As usual we start the day at the river Spree and walk over the bridge. We have the most interesting things to investigate on this side of the river. Below us is the Capital Beach, that's the place we will end this day.
It could be a bit confusing when you walk around in Berlin, are you in the former West or East Berlin ? Here is map with the Berlin Wall that help to orientate:
Follow the river in the East direction, only a few hundred meter after the restaurant we have some memorial place. We don't think this is related to the Berlin Wall, something else. The name of the place is Spreebogenpark.
Continue walking and looking for river boats for us. We have here come to the area where all new building are. The bridge and building is Marie Elisabeth Luders Steg. Name after the first women that got a doctor degree at a German university.
A memorial place over all the people that was killed when they tried to cross the river from East to West berlin. We read about the poor boy that had 17 bullets in his body.
The Bundestagbucherei building.
From here we walk up the staircase to upper level.
A piece of a wall, a gift from Gdansk in Poland.
Walk back down to the river Spree, no river boats here either.
Here is more information about the river Spree:
There are many new buildings along the river but somewhere between them we can find the old ones.
On the other side of the river we could see old factories, it looks to be plans for them for some other use in the future.
Now we can see the first river boats we are looking for. Our first plan was to take the longest trip on the river that was possible. We change that later.
In front of us, the Bahnhof Berlin Friedrichstrasse. The railway cross the river on the bridge Spreebrucke Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse.
We are now at the more popular part of the river and more restaurants appear. From here we follow the Western part of the river where it's split. It's the Museum Isle we walk to.
At the Museum Isle there are a lot of famous buildings,This is the Alte Nationalgalerie.
We walk over the bridge Friedrichsbrucke to the other side where we have seen river ferries.
Before we walk over the bridge, a look back at the park in front of the Nationalgalerie.
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We have seen these blue pipes around in the city at many places. If I understand it correct, they are not used, it's more a symbol for water or something else.
At strasse Wolfgang-Strasse we found one more marker of where the Berlin Wall stood.
Now we almost gave up to find a river ferry that take us around the rivers. Very difficult to understand where they go and if the guide talks in English. We stop at a restaurant and take a dinner to think about the situation. During the dinner we decided to take a shorter one hour river boat. That one have for sure guiding in English, 30 Euro for both of us.
River boat tour:
At last, now we are onboard the river boat.
A short trip in one direction until we came to this lock, Muhlendammsehleuse. The skipper turn around the boat and continue in the other direction.
These areas along the river are very popular for the tourists.
The red brick tower in the background is the Nicholas Church Museum.
Not sure about this building, it says Amereller Rechtsanwälte, but could just be a company that rent office space here.
The TV Tower will almost always be visible where there is a free view.
Here is more information about the Berliner Dom:
The building to the left is placed at the Northern tip of the Museum Isle. It's the Bode Museum, a sculpture museum.
Here is more information about the Bode Museum:
Now we come to the newer area, not too far away from where we stay. The yellow building is the Katholisches Militärbischofsamt.
Office and shopping center at Friedrichstrasse, we have just passed through under that street's bridge.
The railway bridge.
Back to Marie Elisabeth Luders Steg bridge.
Now we are almost at our hotel, the Moltkebrucke bridge.
Here our river boat stops and turn around to go back. There are three boats that do this turnaround at the same time.
Now we go back the same way as we came and get a reprise of all the bridges.
The railway bridges and on the other side we are back where we started our river boat tour.
We decided to walk back to our hotel along the Northern side of the Spree river, even though our feet protested.
On the other side of the river we have the Bahnhof Berlin Friedrichstrasse.
When we came closer to the railway bridge we see that it was possible to cross the river on a walkway under the bridge.
We ended the day where we started, at the Capital Beach restaurant. We were not hungry, but when we see a girl at a nearby table order this we felt that we also wanted some food. We asked the waiter for the same dish. Later we talked to the girl and she told us that she was here to study the architecture of Berlin.
Here is more information about Berlin: