We love when past employees of Rail Europe reach out, wanting to share their travel experiences. Debbie Johnsen did just that. She’s currently the Interactive Marketing Director for The Leading Hotels of the World, and has had the opportunity to travel to some great European cities such as London, Milan and recently, Berlin. Understandably, Debbie loves grabbing a transit pass and riding the underground rails to really experience an urban center – as she did in Berlin. She had a great time “getting lost” on the East side of city before emerging at Alexanderplatz to find eclectic shops and great public art.
Before embarking on this solo journey to Germany, we gave Debbie a Eurail German Pass in exchange for writing about her trip. When she’s not traveling, This native New Yorker can be found practicing the fiddle, wandering the MoMA, or enjoying time with her two daughters.
By Debbie Johnsen
Halo Berlin! A city that had been on my wish list for years. I was traveling solo, relying on my iPad app city guide (and a very limited vocabulary of danke and bitte.) I would be spending two nights at the Hotel Palace Berlin, a five-star hotel located near the famous Ku’damm shopping district and Zoological Gardens. The perfect location to start exploring the city.
My first stop on Monday had to be Berlin‘s glorious golden angel. After a short walk to Tiergarten, I viewed the monument high above. She is the perfect compliment to the historic Brandenburg Gate, which bookends the avenue. Next, I headed to the Bauhaus Archiv, located in an iconic, modern building. There, you can find furniture, drawings, photographs, and more from the design school masters. It is a must for any 20th-century art enthusiast.
I saved my second day for the East side of the city. Much has changed since the Reunification in 1990, and there is a lot to experience. I rode the U-Bahn to Potsdamer Platz, a bustling center of commerce that grew out of a once-barren no man’s land between East and West.
1909 Photolithograph Berlin Germany Brandenburg Gate Fountain Neptune City Art - Orig. Photolithograph
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