We were wondering for ages what these colourful pipes were for. You find them all over the city. Apparently it prevents Berlin from flooding due to the high ground water levels because Berlin is built on a swamp (fun fact if you didn’t already know).
My pasta at Spindler
On day two I woke up quite early to hit the gym at the hotel. I didn’t expect anything spectacular but I really to move and get a bit sweaty before breakfast. I had a handful of almonds (I really can’t workout on an empty stomach, fasted training is not for me) and headed up.
The gym was tiny and just next to the hotel’s swimming pool, it was like a sauna in there. So I definitely got my sweat on. I don’t really like using machines and that’s mainly what was on offer other than dumbbells so after a warmup on the crosstrainer the rest of the workout was with the dumbbells. I felt great but I was absolutely starving. Good thing we had buffet breakfast waiting for us.
After breakfast we headed into town in the beautiful sunny weather. We walked in the gigantic park towards the Jewish Memorial. I don’t know how many photos I’ve seen of friends going to this place and I couldn’t wait to see it with my own eyes. It was very different from what I thought it would be and there were quite a few people there.
I thought the actual memorial would be crowded but once we got inside it it felt incredibly peaceful and quiet. It really made you think of what it represents and why it’s there. We also went into the museum underneath (I highly recommend you going in there). We were in it for quite a while reading everything, it was interesting to be reminded once again of what had happened. t’s been awhile since I last read about and it’s crazy how much you forget. We need to remember our history so we never repeat it again. Some of the things inside brought tears to my eyes, it’s heartbreaking.
Once we’d gone through the museum we had lunch at The Store Kitchen. As I mentioned in my mini healthy eating guide to Berlin, it was amazing. We absolutely loved it. We then headed towards Museum Island to look at the Berlin Dome and the other stunning buildings in the area. Our walk then continued to Checkpoint Charlie. That was quite strange, to stand in a place which such historical significance. It’s hard to imagine what it would’ve been like at the time when you were surrounded by tourists.
We were freezing after standing outside and reading all the information and headed to the hotel before our dinner at a restaurant called Spindler. It was really delicious food in a cosy setting. I had a veggie mushroom ravioli. I haven’t had pasta for ages and it was lovely. The food wasn’t mind blowing but still super good. If you are in the neighbourhood it’s worth a visit.