Day 3, our bike tour of Berlin had a rocky beginning. To start it was raining – so after much consideration we skipped the bike ride and headed off to a Museum in Architecture, getting only slightly lost on the way there and finally making our way to the entrance to find the museum closed and the sun coming out. We quickly came up with what about now was Plan Q and decided to go to the Story of Berlin Museum. This ended up being a great plan for a questionable-weather day. As part of the entrance to the museum we also toured a bomb shelter that was created in the 1970’s for 3000 people for 14 days in the event of a nuclear attack. The bomb shelter alone was fascinating. From there we were headed to the zoo to meet some friends that have a little girl as well and let the girls run wild with the animals, (a little at least). On the way through we grabbed some street food for lunch though – German style; two wursts, two beers and a bench. It was perfect.
The zoo was very nice and much, much larger than our zoo at home, at the time, in Rabat. It was also fun because it was probably our little ones first visit to the zoo where she was more interested in the animals than the other kids. She particularly liked the monkeys. Apparently more zoos will be in our future. As the rain started up again we thought it would be a good time to finish up and head to dinner. We were planning on stopping at a small place near their apartment but despite taking the bus most of the way we were all soaked when we arrived. So in a moment of sheer genius we got take out instead and went back to their apartment to put as many of our clothes in the dryer as we could live without and let the girls run around; which in itself is always a good idea. After another nice evening with friends we said our good nights and went back to the hotel to put our little one to bed.
Guidebook – For the next leg of our trip we used Fodor’s Eastern and Central Europe
. We don’t’ normally use books that cover such a wide area because it means they only cover the cities; but in this case that was all we were covering as well. We occasionally hit an area not in the book but overall it was a perfect fit. It was great only having to carry around one book for more than 2 weeks of travel. For travel in Europe Fodor’s travel books are our go-to.
Museum in Architecture – No Idea! If anyone out there has found this one open please let me know what I missed.
Story of Berlin Museum – This was a nice stop for a dreary day. It’s an interactive museum of the history of Germany. It’s not a children’s museum by any means, but its exhibits are in a multitude of medias; written, sound, video, 3 dimensional, interactive and more. The highlight of the site though was the tour of the bomb shelter, which was fascinating. Stroller Note – All of this can be done with a stroller including the bomb shelter; they will escort you to a different entrance that has an elevator. – If you are looking for something inside; make sure you’ve hit the top attractions first though.
Zoo Berlin – This is a nice zoo; and it’s located right in the middle of the city. If you are traveling with kids it makes for a nice stop. We looked at visiting zoos in other cities and they were often located on the outskirts of the city and would take most of a day to visit with travel to and from. With the Zoo Berlin you can spend a few hours at the zoo mixed in with our sights. – Good Family Sight