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22nd September, 2012

Warnermünde (for Berlin)

Guten morgen Warnermünde. It was an early morning arrival today as we docked in the north German city. A very busy port for both ferries and cruise ships, the seaside town is one of the gateways to Berlin. The weather was changeable, with a bit of rain, but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the early risers heading all the way south, to the famous capital in the ‘Best of Berlin’ tour.

These were obviously the first buses to head off from the quayside in the early hours, on a two and a half hour trek south. Arriving in the Berlin at 9am, the first part of the day was spent viewing the sights, with a few photo stops thrown in, from the comfort of a luxury coach.

The next major stop was a cruise on the River Spree. Accompanied by a delicious lunch, guests were ferried past some of major political and social institutions of the German Republic. After a stop at Check Point Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, passengers were treated to a glass of champagne on top of the Reichstag, whilst enjoying a splendored view of the city.

For something a bit less hustley and bustley, and more in touch with nature, there was ‘The Molli and the Minster’ shore excursion. Taking in some of the beautiful surrounding countryside, your tour stopped at the town of Bad Doberan. From here guests bordered a narrow gauge steam train to transport them through the forest to a seaside resort. After coffee and cake, there was time for a stroll along the promenade before returning to the ship, just in time for a late lunch.

If history was more your thing there was the ‘Rostock and Germany’s Stasi’ tour. As the name suggests this trip focused on some of the darker elements of recent German history. Guests had the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the East German Secret Police, and afterwards had a bit of free time to visit the alluring shops, cafes and bars of Rostock.

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