Category: Roth Trip

Fernsehturm and Siegessäule Berlin

Last day in Berlin ,after Rick had run through the Tiergarten, we first spent walking round the beautiful gardens. When in this are you can always see the Siegessäule,the Victory Column, its gold Eagle atop glistening at all angles. It is situated in the middle of a roundabout with 6 roads coming off. We crossed under the tunnel to it and climbed to the top via the spiral staircase.

In the evening we went to the Menschen Museum which is a whole lot of plastinated anatomical human dissection and refreshed our anatomy.

We had a booking for the revolving restaurant at the Fernsehturm ,or TV tower. The restaurant is at 207 m and rotates a full circle about every 45 minutes. It gives great views of the whole of Berlin .One thing you note from above is the lack of cars,everyone walks cycles or takes public transport. The other is how green it is trees, green roofs, wind power etc. The meal and wine was great but expensive for Berlin where everything hass been a little cheaper rhan back home and a lot cheaper than Norway and Denmark.

Now .. train to Prague.

Berlin

We walked about 3km in the rain from our air bnb to Copenhagen railway station with our heavier bags now that I’ve bought a couple of things in Bergen. Taking a bus or taxi would probably have been smarter! The train trip took 7 hours and our train was 4 carriges and to get from Copenhagen to Berlin was quite interesting. We went over several bridges and the whole 4 carriages went on a huge ferry that traveled the final 45 minutes from Denmark to Germany. After arriving at Hamburg we changed trains for Berlin. We were in reserved seats in a compartment. One man didn’t have a ticket a very tough  German female conductor forced him off at the next train station! We are staying in Freidrichstrase in Berlin in Eurostar Hotel.After arriving here we caught the metro to Brandenburg Tor and looked at the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag . It being a Saturday night there were a couple of limo’s with ‘Hen’s turns’.
On Sunday it was a nice 20oC so we went on a bike tour for 5 hours around Berlin with people from all over the world. This took us round to all the main monuments and historic site. Lunch was at a Biergarten in the Tiergarten. The Tiergarten was the Royal hunting ground but the trees were cut down for firewood in WW2 and food was grown there . It is now a beautiful 2.5 km2 green space .

Denmark to Germany

Travelled on the train from Copenhagen to Berlin via Hamburg. On the way the train is driven onto a ferry for the trip from one island to another across the Denmark German border. A not for Mr Abbott – windpower on BOTH  shores !

More on the trip later ….

Copenhagen

We arrived in Copenhagen after a one hour flight from Bergen on Nowergeian Airlines which has a lots of leg room probably become of all the tall Norwegian people! We took the train to the Christianshava area where we are in a air bnb which consists of a mattress on the floor and shared bathroom. But on the up side it’s a more real experience than the posh Grand Terminus Hotel and the buffet breakfasts ! Mike who lives in the room met us and gave us the tip to go for dinner to the food court on one of the canals which we did and had Korean for dinner. We took a canal tour around Copenhagen to try to understand some of the geography of the place but I found it very confusing. Lots of man made canals and islands and many bridges! The next day we both went for a run at about 6am as we have no curtains and sunrise is at 5am so we were awake. Rick had an appointment at 10am at the Australian Embassy ‘re his lost passport which was an hours walking from our room! The thing I’m gonna remember about Copenhagen is the bikes. With all our walking about the place we’ve seen thousands of bikes. It all seems to work. Bikes have a separate path to cars and pedestrians are on another path. Incredible! In Australia we just don’t seem to be able to work that out. The bikes people ride are just ordinary cheap bikes. On the way back from the embassy we walked through the Kastellet and saw a lot of the tourist attractions we saw from the Canal tour like The Little Mermaid Statute which was surrounded by many tourists with cameras, the Royal palace area. We had lunch at Nyhavn Canal where there are lots of alfresco areas to eat. We ate in Danish place and they are really into open sandwich style with lots of mayonnaise, fish, and cheese! We’ve been into pastry bakeries twice and I think the secret is extra butter but tasted great. After lunch first we walked through the free land of Christiania , where cannabis is sold out in the open and then went to the opera house to see if anything was showing then we climbed to the top of Our Saviour’s Church which goes up 400 steps ,which was rather crowded but worth it for the views of all the canals and the very impressive  buildings which could be hundreds of years old from the top of the spiral staircase. We then  went into Christiansborg Palace which is not occupied by Royalty at present but is incredibly grand! the City Gardens and then back to Nyhavn for dinner; we both had fish and beer. There was still daylight so I thought we should go for walk to the Botanical gardens but they were closed at five so we’ll come back tomorrow when we go pick up Ricks passport at 3pm. On the way back we visited the national gallery and following that walked through the Botanical gardens .We had a nice dinner again at a little cafe round the corner in Christanshavn ! We booked our train ticket to Berlin at the station which took a bit of doing with a huge line of people waiting.