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    • I visited Berlin in Fall 2017, and while it was a pretty busy visit, had a wonderful time and wanted to share some fun aspects of the city with those who are considering going there.

      Something important to keep in mind about Berlin for those flying from the US is the challenge of getting there: I flew one of the very last direct flights aboard Air Berlin (RIP). Berlin has multiple airports but most flights that go there have connections in other cities like Amsterdam.

      Once you do arrive, there is more than an abundance of things to do. Below you can see some Trabant Tours available. The Trabant "is an automobile which was produced from 1957 to 1990 by former East German car manufacturer VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau. It is often seen as symbolic of the former East Germany and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in general."

      You can drive at your own speed and see the sights of Berlin from behind the wheel of a colorful vintage Trabant! I did see some of these tours encountering automotive difficulties, but they looked like a lot of fun.

    • When I visited in September 2017, the city was gearing up for Oktoberfest. Berlin's Oktoberfest is small compared to Munich or other regions in Germany, but it's still a lot of fun. The dates for 2019 are not yet announced, but think late-September-through-mid-October. A variety of beer stalls and vendors fill the Alexanderplatz downtown area. I love gingerbread and marzipan so this was a big hit with me!

    • You can tour much of Berlin's history through experiences like the Berlin Wall Tours or seeing the infamous "Checkpoint Charlie."

      "Located on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße, it is a reminder of the former border crossing, the Cold War and the partition of Berlin. The barrier and checkpoint
      booth, the flag and the sandbags are all based on the original site – and are a popular subject for photos. It’s no wonder that Checkpoint Charlie is one of the sights of Berlin that you really should see."

      The area around Checkpoint Charlie is extremely walkable - in fact, all of Berlin is - so it's just a quick 10-15 minute walk from there to other nearby museums or tours.

    • Just a quick 15 minute walk away from Checkpoint Charlie...

      is the Spy Museum Berlin:

      No place would be better-suited for a spectacular tribute to the
      protagonists of this international gloom of espionage than Potsdamer
      Platz in the centre of Berlin – the Capital of Spies. There, in 2015,
      the German Spy Museum Berlin opened in a 3.000 m² (32.000 sq ft)
      exhibition space.

      The museum features exhibits on the history of espionage from Roman times to the Cold War to the Present Day. It's a great museum and even features an interactive "laser maze" to test your flexibility and Mission Impossible skills.

    • Right in the center of Berlin is "Museum Island," a UNESCO World Heritage site that features six gorgeous museums nestled in the heart of the Spree River. The area around Museum Island also features the Berlin Cathedral, pictured below. If the weather permits, definitely consider going on a "Historic City Cruise" where your guide will walk you through sites like the Reichstag, Museum Island, and more.

    • For those who have a taste of adventure, you may not be able to see it too well in the below image (sorry for the mist!) but you can base-jump off of Berlin's tallest hotel. In their own words on Tripadvisor:

      Unique throughout Europe and the ultimate highlight in Berlin! Base
      Flying means that you fly - roped up on a special construction - almost
      125 meters from the roof of the Hotel Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz.
      Thereby you nearly reach free fall speed. Enjoy the feeling of flying
      and experience a breathtaking view over Berlin. Now it`s your turn to
      fly! No booking required - just show up and fly! More than 15.000
      enthusiastic participants More than 25 years of event experience Right
      in the heart of Berlin at the Alexanderplatz.

      I personally chose not to participate, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those looking for a burst of adrenaline!

    • The Berlin Aquarium - while it may seem like a standard tourist attraction - is really quite extraordinary and something worth seeing! It features not only a wide variety of educational exhibits about European fish and habitats, but two of the coolest things I've ever seen in an aquarium: a circular room with massage chairs (bring plenty of 1 euro coins to relax and watch the fish swim) and the world's largest free standing aquarium so huge it has its own elevator inside so that you can ascend and look out at the world through a wall of water! Definitely worth a trip.

    • For those who have a taste of adventure, you may not be able to see it too well in the below image (sorry for the mist!) but you can base-jump off of Berlin's tallest hotel.

      You should totally do this next time you get a chance! We're not exactly adrenaline junkies, but @Felicity and I jumped off the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand (a 192 meter fall) and it was tons of fun.

      If you're curious how much fun it was, see if you can tell from the look on Felicity's face after her jump. 😄