The next morning actually turned out wonderfully. With 8:15 reservations to the Reichstag we had to get up and out early, but with a noon check out time we didn’t have to worry about packing our luggage until we returned. In the drizzle we made our way to the Reichstag by 8:00 and were let right in without waiting. The dome in this very old building is in fact very new. It is also very Norman Foster (for you Architects reading), it’s made of steel and glass and has a ramp around the interior of it open to the public to walk and see the city from. Even with the poor weather and limited view it was still an amazing sight to see; and well worth the hoops to get there.
From the Reichstag we quickly walked back to the U-bahn (metro) before the rain picked back up. Once we were safely within sprinting distance to the station we found a place for some breakfast. I tried, and I even tried hard to get Dunkin’ Donuts, whose breakfast sandwiches I miss. I just couldn’t do it with a German bakery right next door with decidedly some of the unhealthiest, most crumb-topped, jelly-filled, glazed pastries I’ve ever seen before me. It’s hard to compete with that. So we enjoyed our last breakfast in Germany (for now) and headed back to pack up and move out.
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.
Reichstag – Book ahead of time, learn from our lesson! It is worth seeing regardless of what your personal interests are, but if you’re an architect you’ll be fascinated. Beyond the blend of historic and modern is the dome’s mechanics that included rotating lovers around its interior of the dome defusing direct light and a system of mirrors reflecting the natural light into the space below. – Must see!