Ship was in port for 18 hours, so arranged independent travel to Berlin. Cruise tours to Berlin were very expensive and mostly involved riding a bus around Berlin, but it is easy to book train accommodations from Deutche Bahn online. The Warnemunde train station is adjacent to the cruise port so you can just walk from the boat to the station. The trip requires changing trains in Rostock, which is a 20-minute ride from the port via a regional train (which runs about every 15 minutes). In Berlin visited the Pergammon Museum (a must!), but you need to book entry time in advance to avoid two-hour lines, also the Neues Museum (stunning antiquities), which is next door. Took city bus on Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate (driver sells tickets and gives change), then visited the moving Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (sometimes called the Berlin Holocaust museum). A short walk to the Reichstag where you need to book in advance for a (free) timed entry to visit the glass dome, which provides stunning views of the city and an audio guide describing the landmarks visible to you as you ascend the spiral ramp on the inside of the dome. It is a 10-minute walk from the Reichstag back to the main train station. The entire outing cost us about $100 for two adults for the day, which included 1st class train seats in an air conditioned compartment (which we had to ourselves). Normally I would ride 2nd class in Europe, but those cars do not have AC and given the extreme temperatures in Germany this summer it seemed worthwhile to spend a little extra to ensure a comfortable five hours during that part of the day.
Visited: Aug 14, 2018
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