Rostock (Berlin), Germany
Best of Berlin by Train
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 12½ Hours
Board the train for a three-hour ride to Berlin, enjoying a light breakfast snack accompanied by tea and coffee along the way.
Upon arrival in Berlin, board a motorcoach for a panoramic drive to view many of the city's main highlights. Snap photos of the remnants of the Berlin Wall. View Checkpoint Charlie -- the point separating East and West Berlin. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced off at this location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
You'll continue to the Gendarmenmarkt, a 17th-century square and the site of the twin French and German cathedrals, and of the Schauspielhaus (Concert Hall).
Next, you'll pass Unter den Linden Boulevard -- a tree-lined, east-west thoroughfare through the city of Berlin, and see the State Library, Alexanderplatz (a beautiful town square) and Humboldt University -- Berlin's oldest university.
Driving past Bebelplatz, you'll glimpse the square where the burgeoning Nazi Party held its infamous book burning, en route to a local restaurant where a typical German lunch awaits you.
Don't miss the Brandenburg Gate -- the only remaining city gate of Berlin -- formerly used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin. Ironically, the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolize German unity.
Just a short stroll away is the Reichstag building -- seat of the German parliament. Originally constructed to house the parliament of the newly founded German Empire, the glass dome designed by architect Lord Norman Foster is one of the city's major landmarks today.
You'll also drive by the Victory Column -- a landmark that celebrates the military successes of Prussia over Denmark, and pass Bellevue Palace -- the official residence of the President of Germany -- and Congress Hall.
Now it's time to shop 'til you drop on the Kurfürstendamm -- Germany's most famous shopping boulevard. Enjoy 30 minutes of shopping time. You're free to stroll along the broad, tree-lined avenue with its luxury department stores, designer boutiques, shops, cafés, clubs and restaurants.
Re-board the motorcoach and head to the Allied Museum. The museum commemorates the US, British and French presence in Berlin from 1945 to 1994, tracing the history of Cold-War Berlin. You'll find the original Checkpoint Charlie guardhouse here, along with a Berlin Wall watchtower, an aircraft from the Berlin Airlift, and an American spy tunnel.
When it's time to call it a day, you'll travel back to the railway station.
On the train back to Rostock, your host will hand out a light snack and water.
Tour includes numerous photo stops where guests get off and on the coach; not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. The round-trip train ride from Rostock to Berlin is not air-conditioned. Most shops in Germany are closed on Sundays; the Kurfürstendamm shopping stop will be changed to another shopping location. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50¢ - €1 .