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Day 14
Our train left Prague in the morning. We discovered a massive Lego replica of the station and had fun checking out all the details.

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Today presented a bit of a logistical challenge. We arrived at Berlin’s main train station at 2 PM. That was early enough for some sightseeing. However, our hotel was near the airport—we chose that location because of our morning flight—which was not near the city center. And while most places don’t have much to do by the airport, even by those standards, there really isn’t anything near BER. Our solution was to put our luggage into lockers at the main Berlin train station. We also saw a fun RitterSport ad there.

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With our stuff safely stashed away, we decided to check out the DDR Museum because it had been recommended by 2 different families. DDR is the German abbreviation for East Germany, and the museum tells about life there (photo credit to DH).

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There was a Trabant that you could take for a virtual test drive. Sadly, neither of the kids wanted to do it. It boggles my mind that people would wait 16 years for one!

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My favorite part of the museum was the replica of an apartment. It was fun to open drawers and cabinets to see what many people had. The girls noticed the 70s-era wallpaper. I wish I had taken a photo! DH and I had to tell them it was a 70s thing, not a communist thing.

The sign outside the DDR Museum said it was air-conditioned, but it was really stuffy inside. DH said it was another lie from the DDR! Maybe they wait till it’s really hot to turn it on? (Outdoors it was lovely and in the 70s.)

In all, it was an interesting museum and I could see parallels between life in the DDR and stories I'd heard about life in Cuba after the revolution.

We enjoyed one last dinner, picked up our bags at the train station, and headed back to the hotel to pack and turn in early.

Day 15
We woke up early to get to the airport. The flight and drive home were uneventful, but we were really tired once we got home. We were glad to be in our own beds!

Thanks for reading! I plan to follow up with hotel and restaurant reviews.

Posted by amikulski 23:54 Archived in Germany Tagged children trains museums prague germany families

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