Depart the pier and take a short walk across to the train station to board your exclusively chartered standard train for an approximate 2 1/2-3 hour journey from Warnemunde to Berlin. While relaxing and watching the German countryside pass by, you'll be served a light breakfast snack. Upon arrival at one of Berlin's train stations, your local Berlin tour guide will welcome and assist you to board your coach. Your panoramic tour of Berlin will include passing by Bebel Platz, where below the ground level lies the Empty Library; remnants of the Berlin Wall; the famous former border crossing, Checkpoint Charlie; the Brandenburg Gate, which more than any other monument symbolizes the German and European reunification; the Reichstag government building; Berlin's Protestant cathedral with its Neo-Baroque interior and massive dome; Haeckesche Hoefe, a building complex built by Jewish idealists in 1906-07 with elegant ceramic facades, and which today symbolizes Berlin's new center having miraculously survived two wars; and the New Synagogue, Berlin's most prominent Jewish landmark. Drive along the Kurfurstendamm, Berlin's version of the Champs Elysees and bypass the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church before you circle the Gendarmenmarkt, home to the German Dom and the French Dom. Stop at the Holocaust Memorial, the ‘Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe', which is a central place for remembrance to the murdered victims and a place of warning. After lunch at a traditional German pub-style restaurant, start the second part of your tour heading for the infinitely more somber and one of the most chilling destinations, the former Nazi Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen, a memorial just north of Berlin. About 6,000 Jews were forcibly brought here after Kristallnacht alone, and it was here that some of the first experiments in organized mass murder were made. The scale of the terror remembered here can be very disturbing, however, simply by visiting here you can help change the future; as Winston Churchill put it, "the further backward you can look, the further forward you are likely to see." Proceed to the train station in Oranienburg for your return journey back to Warnemunde. Note: The museums, archive and library are close on Mondays, but the open-air exhibition "Murder and Massmurder in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp", "The Station Z" as well as the information center remain open. The order of the sights may vary.
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1 of 3(33%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
The train ride was very long...as indicated in the description. We were at 5 in our cabin and eventually found a way to lower the bunks so that we could nap. Snacks were provided going and on return. We enjoyed everything we saw. The concentration camp was a very somber place to be. The walking was not too bad at all. We were all very glad to have the next day at sea to recover from this long day.
All excursions to Berlin are long and tiring, but I think this one was worse than the others. The prison camp part of it was way too long and, although it was rated at a 2 level, required a lot of walking to see very little. There are only a very few structures spread over very large area.It was very hot the day we were there and very uncomfortable. It should be rated a level 3, at least. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and conditions that existed there; but it could have been covered in a much shorter time, giving us more time to spend in Berlin. My advice is: Don't go on this excursion!
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Review 3 for Berlin & Sachsenhausen
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Copenhagen, Denmark
I want to go here next:Canada and New England
Date:June 3, 2011
Although the tour guide was knowledgeable, he was very opinionated, both politically and personally. It was a very long day. We left the ship at 7:15 a.m. and did not get back until 8:45 p.m. This included three hours on the train each way. Most of the time was spent on the bus with a few stops. There was no time at all for any shopping.