Not more than 15 minutes walk from my hotel is the start and end point for the so called ‘Trabi Safari’ tours. For an hour or two, you can rent a Trabant – the cars they drove in East Germany – and go on a tour of the city.
It had gone 3 o’ clock by the time I left the Reichstag and I was keen to get to two museums in particular before the day was up: the Stasi Museum and the DDR Museum. I started with the Stasi Museum – due to close for the day at 6pm and a good 40 minutes away on the S-Bahn.
After a quiet morning of doing not much other than strolling around the city, I had a busy afternoon today. I headed up to Platz der Republik to see the Reichstag building – home to the Deutsche Bundestag (the German Parliament).
Hooray! I’ve made it to Berlin. My flight out of Gatwick departed 10 minutes early, and with the help of some strong tail winds we landed at Schönefeld Airport 30 minutes ahead of schedule, at just before 9 o’ clock local time (that’s 8 o’ clock UK time).
By the time you have woken up and got the chance to read this, I will probably already have arrived in Berlin. At the moment (05:02 on Friday morning) I am sitting in Costa at Gatwick’s South Terminal with a hot chocolate.