Weather: Mostly cloudy, +8 C
Kilometres covered: 19 km
If someone asked me to describe Berlin in only three words, that would be – huge, empty, and impossible. Taking into account the first definition, that would be much challenging to say straight away, what one can do there in 5 hours while having a change. Definitely not much.
For me, this somehow always appeared reasonable to go to East Berlin first and then to come back, crossing the now invisible border to West Berlin. It never worked vice versa for me.
But of course, I first headed to Hauptbahnhof to get rid of my suitcase. In the S-bahn, on my way there, I met a mother and a daughter who came to Berlin after falling in love with it a year ago. Initially having a trip to Prague, they visited Berlin for a day, but after ten minutes there they knew they would be back. This is always sad to see that people travelling together prefer to enjoy the trip in different ways. The woman sees her daughter as a perfect companion and wants to discuss everything with her; the girl takes headphones from her bag as soon as a train departs and stops paying any attention to her mother’s questions and remarks straight away. So, I talk with this woman, partly because I feel sorry for her. They hop off at Alexanderplatz for Park Inn. I love this hotel, even if it’s not very beautiful: there is a cool panoramic roof there, a restaurant and some rooms facing the TV Tower and the city centre. The whole place is fantastic and not that cheap. The girl mocks her mother’s choice, leaving the train and leaving me sad.
After getting rid of my bag, I exit to Invaliden Straße, thinking about several minutes in the Invaliden Park I used to love. The park looks very depressive, so I pass it without stopping by. I almost reach Bernauer Straße, as I suddenly realise this is not what I want to do today. So, I turn to one of the side streets and go in the direction of Hackescher Markt. I pass the New Synagogue that’s mentioned in every single guide book due to its dome. Surprisingly, I never saw anyone praising the view. So, I turn to Torstraße, then to Tucholskystraße, cross Oranienburger Straße and reach Monbijoupark.
There, from Nördliche Minbiloubrücke I am awarded with the view of Bode-Museum with the whole Museumsinsel on the back, and of Berlin TV tower, soaring into the cloudy Berlin sky. The weather is chilly, but still there are people sitting in the Park facing the river, just the way it usually happens in summer.
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