The other odd travel thing about Berlin is their transit system with proof-of-payment enforced with random spot checks we never witnessed. There's no turnstiles or any other kind of barriers or toll attendants. There's just fare machines on the platform to buy tickets for 2-3 euros. If undercover Kontrollers catch you not paying then the fine is 40 euros. We bought 72 hour city passes for our tourist weekend which included various discounts and unlimited transit rides. I felt kind of ripped off because it seemed like we could just wander on and off the rail system without it. The bus drivers didn't seem all that interested in the validity of the tickets we flashed them.
Berlin was an interesting trip. We obviously spent some time on the Berlin Wall and the history of the city but we also just soaked in Berlin and did a little shopping since things there are a good bit cheaper than expensive Stockholm. OK, enough writing. Here's a variety of pictures from the trip.
We stayed at Hotel Gat Point Charlie with these cool light boxes over our beds.
We had some treats like ice cream from an American school bus and a chocolate overload at Fassbender & Rausch.
We did our usual stop at the local Hard Rock.
We saw an artist's panorama of how the Berlin Wall used to be.
We saw Checkpoint Charlie with fake American soldiers charging for photos with them.
...and various other interesting sights around town.
Graffiti in the worst places too but I had to chuckle at the rudecat
This grill would be great at parties...
Some Gendarmenmarkt buildings...
The famous Brandenburg Gate
Some more buildings around Berlin
Back past a standing section of the Berlin Wall...
it was madness