Updated: Aug 21
I have wanted to visit Berlin for a long time. For an Israeli, Berlin is a loaded symbol. It was the capital of the Third Reich and Nazism, where the most horrifying actions were planned. The principal seat of Hitler and his fellow murderers. It's not easy to walk the streets and think about every man and woman: I wonder what their grandfather did during the war. The wheel turned, and now Berlin is a trendy destination for Israelis. All the sellers in stores and booths quickly identified us as Israelis, saying that they think half of Israel's population is visiting Berlin.
We arrived at Schönefeld Airport in the afternoon, and the first decision we had to make is to buy the Berlin Welcome Card. It includes free rides on Berlin's public transportation and many discounts for attractions, museums, and restaurants. Although we didn't have a plan for the visit, we decided to take it (In retrospect, it paid off). We took a direct train to our lovely hotel, which was just opposite the Berlin Central Station. After a few moments of settling in our room, we set off for an evening walk to some of the most known Berlin icons: the Reichstag's building and Brandenburg Gate.
We closed the day by visiting the enormous memorial for the victims of the holocaust. This impressive monument is spread in the heart of Berlin, the home base of the killers.
The next day we decided to take an organized tour to the main sites of Berlin with Insider Tours. It was a five-hour tour (it costs us only 10 Euro each with the Welcome Card discount). The journey started at Mitte district, in the Museums Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site with five museums that look great from the outside. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to go inside – but we will definitely do it next time in Berlin.