Curbside Travel: The Kleins Go To Europe – Days 6-7, Berlin With Wolfsburg Day Trip

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

We left Copenhagen in the late morning of Day 6, and our next destination was Berlin, Germany.  We’d been to Berlin once before back in the late ’90s and only for a couple of days so it was high time to check it out in more detail.  Berlin is one of the great cities of Europe with perhaps more relatively recent history than most cities, so there was lots to do and see.

Of course the first step in any journey is to get there and this time we used yet another airline, Norwegian, to get from CPH to BER.  In this case it was a familiar to most everyone Boeing 737, the novelty being (to those used to most American airports) going onto the tarmac and boarding via steps and the rear door.  Side note – while airport security in Europe is pretty much the same humorless affair as it is at home, the shoes stay on even though Europe is where the failed shoe-bombing attack started.  Maybe European x-ray machines actually scan the feet as well or someone high up at TSA has a foot fetish, I don’t know.

The highlight on this flight was the flight attendant that came down to where we were sitting near the rear quarter of the plane and announced that he would like five volunteers to move up to “business class” for the flight as they had space.  I’ve never seen my wife raise her hand so fast, she startled the attendant, and he obviously picked her along with four others.  With a look that said “See ya, suckers” she disappeared up the aisle…and later told us that there was really no difference up there except she didn’t have anyone sitting next to her.  The boys quickly assimilated to their seats again with their screen hack and we were off.  It’s only an hour-long flight so as quickly as we ascended we came back down again.  Thumbs up to Norwegian!

At Berlin Brandenburg Airport we found the connection to the S-Bahn train that would take us right into town to the station closest to our next Airbnb, got our tickets, sat down in the train and settled in for the 40minute journey.  Which was interrupted after 25 minutes when the train stopped at a random station and an announcement came over the public address system that everyone needed to get off as there was a police action happening at an upcoming station and we’d need to transfer to a different line.

We got off along with everyone else and I consulted a local who told us to get on the next train on the next platform to another stop, then transfer to the U-5 U-Bahn (subway) to get close to our destination.  It was a little daunting but we figured it out and our ticket was valid for all of it although later I realized I had never validated the tickets after purchasing them which could have turned into a 60 Euro fine for each of us had anyone checked.  But nobody did and I was able to carefully validate the same tickets a few days later when we used them to go back to the airport…I know, I know…

In any case we climbed out of the subway at the Alexanderplatz station which is where Berlin’s famous TV tower stands.  When built in 1969 it was the fourth tallest structure in the world, is still the tallest structure in Germany, was built by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and is easily visible from almost anywhere in Berlin so you can always find you way home, (if you are staying nearby, that is) and was inaugurated only a few days before I was born.  From there we were were only a few hundred meters from our actual normal stop so we walked there, found the Vietnamese restaurant that had the keys to our Airbnb and crossed the street to that building in front of which was this bad boy:

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

Achtung Baby, Ich Bin Ein Berliner indeed!  This 1971 Plymouth Custom Suburban station wagon was quite the treat to see parked right in front of our building for the next few days.

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

Berlin is a big city, but this may be a bigger car.  Clearly owned by a serious Mopar fan judging by the window stickers, this was a good start to this portion of the trip.

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

While far from perfect, it’s perfect as a street-parked specimen and carries year-round license plates.  As I presume you must if it lives on the street all year (You can buy seasonal plates in Germany that only allows you to use the car certain months of the year which is frankly a pretty good idea).

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

I wonder how long it ago was imported over here, but ’71 Plymouths are rare enough back home, never mind in wagon form.

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

The more I look at it the more I like the gold roof treatment with the brown body and the gold wheels.  It certainly cuts a nice profile against the usual street iron.

1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban

Nexen Roadian NTX outline while letter tires are an interesting touch and I suppose decent stand-in for BFGs or Cooper Cobras stateside.  Backing this in though would make anyone grateful for a back-up camera.

The inside’s in pretty good shape, with velour buttoned seats (or seatbacks anyway), the B&M shifter and an aftermarket wood steering wheel.

Business in the front, party in the back.  Probably never been sat in.

And even from the ninth floor it still stands out.

We unpacked and as it was getting late and we were hungry, so we wandered around our immediate area near the Hackescher Markt which was the perfect base area for us with lots of restaurants as well as shops etc, to browse along with a large supermarket to stock the fridge with snacks and drinks.  Eventually we decided on a restaurant and I ordered a König Ludwig Helles to celebrate our arrival.

My wife though tried the Berliner Kindl Raspberry Weisse which while it looks like a berry smoothie, was absolutely fantastic, quite aromatic and smooth, and extremely tasty.  Yes, it comes with a straw.  Later on at the supermarket we found it in bottles for under a Euro each so stocked up on a few for the fridge.  And yes, kids, quality beer of all kinds is cheaper than soda in Germany whether in a restaurant or in a supermarket which is probably for the better, all things considered.  After this and a delicious meal we headed back to the 2-room apartment as we had an early set of train tickets reserved for our day trip.

The next morning we woke up, got ready, headed downstairs to a bakery around the corner, got coffees and various bread products and took the S-bahn from Hackescher Markt to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main train station).  This building has five levels with I believe two levels of U-Bahn underground, then the main level, then two upper levels with S-bahn and regular longer distance trains.  It also has at least half a dozen bakery outlets, multiple other places to grab a bite to eat or drink, various shops, as well as lots of other things to see and do while waiting for your conveyance to wherever you need to go. It’s big, airy, well-lit, easy to get around, and feels very safe

While we arrived on one level and just needed to change platforms for our train we had a bit of time so went outside to the enormous front plaza.  Back in the day this would have been a long row of Mercedes E-Class taxis and nothing but.  Now though while the E-Class is still extremely popular and here we have two of those, we also have three Toyota Prius Plus (our V), a Corolla Wagon hybrid and a van-thing that I can’t quite identify from here which seems to be pretty much the Berlin Taxi mix overall nowadays.  All painted in Hellelfenbein (light ivory), the long-time official taxi color of Germany.  This was a requirement from I believe 1971-2005 and most taxis still carry the color although some cabs (not here) are wrapped with random advertising that hides that color completely.  They used to be painted that color (and you could order your Mercedes in that color most places in the world) but I suspect that many taxis are now just sporting wraps in that color.

Soon enough it was time for our train (not my pic above but similar), so we hopped on, it was an ICE (Inter City Express) which means it’s a bullet train and travels at up to 280kmh (174mph).  In our case it only reached a top speed of 255kmh (158mph).  Note that this is on the route between Berlin and Wolfsburg, a stretch of some 200 kilometers.  While it doesn’t travel that fast inside Berlin proper, once it hits the outskirts it’s hammer down and you get there in just over an hour total, which beats driving by quite a bit.

This does include traveling through some quite small stations; having stood on the platform a few times waiting for other trains there’s an announcement to please step back a bit, and then all of a sudden the train just slams through the station at top speed while you’re a few feet away.  It’s quite exhilarating actually.  German toddlers tend to firmly hold their parent’s hand.  Or perhaps it’s the other way around.  From inside the train it definitely doesn’t slow, just keeps going at full tilt.  German trains (like most fast trains around the world) are extremely smooth riding and quiet, you could easily play Jenga and not worry about the train causing significant issues.

The kids sucked on their juiceboxes and looked out the window while listening to music.

Let’s take this opportunity to detour into juice boxes!  While Germany is the home of the Haribo Gummibear, Milka chocolate, and MezzoMix carbonated beverage, like many other countries it has lots of beverage options for those on the go.  While as a kid I drank plenty of Capri-Sonne (Capri-Sun) over there in the pouches, regular juice boxes like you might buy for your kids were also a thing which, frankly, are just a little small for adults.  Now, however, they have come up with these jumbo 500ml (half a liter or about 17oz) juice boxes.  These are the Durstlöscher brand which translates to Thirst Eraser.  In this case Sour Cherry – Lemon flavor and let me tell you, they were delicious, we tried many of the numerous flavors on offer and were happy with each one.

A sstated, just over an hour later we entered the Wolfsburg train station.  Wolfsburg is not a large city, it has about 120,000 residents with of course other towns and villages scattered around it but not directly adjoining the way suburbs in the US just kind of morph into each other.  Obviously its been the HQ of VW since VW’s beginning and the site of its main factory as well as the AutoStadt complex.

You exit the train station, walk about a block and then take a set of stairs or escalator onto a foot bridge that crosses the tracks and the water you see above and delivers you to the entrance of AutoStadt just to the right of the factory across the expanse of water.   In the map below the factory is at the lower left and the footbridge is in the lower middle, the entrance building is the large one in the lower center.

This map/siteplan is from the back of the visitor guide we were handed and shows the layout.  AutoStadt is VW’s sort of themepark but not like you’d expect, click here for their website; it focuses on VW and its other brands and tries to give some sense of what the companies are all about.  It also serves as a major delivery center – about 500 people pick up their new cars here at the factory every day (cars not actually produced here are shipped in), has lodging (a Ritz-Carlton on the premises) and multiple dining options, stuff for kids to do, and is a beautifully manicured space with interesting buildings and displays along with a fabulous museum called the ZeitHaus (time house is the literal translation).

Every brand (well, almost) owned by VW has its own “Pavilion” where that brand can showcase either cars, their history, or whatever they really want.  It also changes constantly, almost nothing was the same as when I was last here almost twenty years ago and the Audi pavilion was closed for another renovation when we were there (it has since reopened).  The complex shown above sits on 69 acres – for reference Disneyland (the theme park itself, not the parking lots and hotels etc) sits on 85 acres, so this is about 20% smaller but still quite large.  Admission is either per person or per family, it cost us 35 Euros for the family.

While you might think that it’s basically like an auto show it really isn’t.  Sure there are cars around but not everything that they offer, and not every version.  VW owns Audi, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Cupra, Lamborghini and Ducati the motorcycle maker.  VW also has its main delivery center in addition to a smaller pavilion, at that delivery center they do have more cars on display than in the other places, for example this VW Tiguan R (not offered in North America, it’s a Tiguan with the Golf R’s 320hp engine).  There’s a discreet placard with specs nearby stating that the Tiguan line in general starts at 31,545 Euros, the Tiguan R is about twice that at 63,780 Euros and this one as displayed rings up at 79,700 Euros.  Holy Schnikeys!  Above the display you’ll see a welcome sign stating the time and date that we were there, in this case Thursday, 3/16/2023 at 10:42am.

Just outside are their car towers, an automated storage and delivery center that stores around 800 cars in two towers, clearly the idea that Carvana copied on a much smaller scale.  Each tower is around 200 feet tall.  There’s an automated ramp and lift that shuttles cars on trays in and out all day long.  It takes less than two minutes to “park” each car.

When a car is called for delivery, the machine gets it from its spot, takes it below ground level and then transports it through a tunnel to the delivery center (where the Tiguan R was) a few hundred feet away.  The map shows the towers at the top and the sort of oval building is the delivery center.

The Tiguan was one story up, which is where “normal” visitors go and there are multiple balconies overlooking the ground floor where cars ready for delivery are arranged.  In this case the white car in the middle contains the new owner and the VW guy explaining the controls while the person standing is presumably the driver’s friend or spouse or whatever.  There are various lounges scattered about for owners awaiting their appointment time, it’s all very nicely done and highly professional and organized.  They deliver both regular cars and EVs here.

Since we weren’t picking up a car and had most of the day to spend, we left and decided to visit the Porsche pavilion which was nearby.  They had two or three cars on display with an attendant that basically acted as a museum docent, in other words if you asked a question he or she was happy to answer but if not then you were left alone.  Porsche only had three cars on display along with a large scale display of everything they’ve ever produced but clearly the Porsche 911 Turbo S is the star of the show here today.

Introduced in 1963, updated and redesigned every few years to decade since and here we are 60 years later and yet a blind person could identify this as a 911 just by facing the rear of it.  Magnificent.

Porsche’s latest lighting technology on full display, here the Porsche LED Matrix System, new technology which allows the headlight through a mirror system to see other cars and people and be able to selectively shut down portions of the light output as needed to both not blind oncoming people/traffic and offer the best possible lighting for the driver.  At least parts of this are starting to (finally) become legal in the U.S. so hopefully this will be available for us as well eventually.  Others here (well, one anyway) can explain all of this in far better detail than I can ever hope to, hopefully I didn’t step on myself already.  I don’t even want to think of the cost of one replacement headlight, but if you can afford the car, you can afford the headlight.  Eventually this tech will filter down to the Corolla class too (and then hopefully back up to more expensive cars than that one as well…)

VW’s pavilion had a few regular cars and then in a second attached space this VW ID.3 in sort of a conceptual form of what is possible.  From what I understand you can’t buy it this way but it all seems quite production ready. (and the ID.3 is of course on sale all over Europe and has been for some time).  VW really is embracing EVs, of course after their diesel scandal they don’t have much choice although there are still plenty of internal combustion vehicles being built.

There was more stitching and nicer seats going on here than in the regular model.  Screens as in most new cars and quite spacious for its size.

We got in and it all felt very comfortable.  The seats were wonderful.

It seems Golf-sized and thus I was confused when VW mentioned that they are looking to make a Golf-sized EV.  Say what?  The ID.3 is half an inch shorter (less long) than a current Golf, about an inch wider, but about six inches taller.  OK, I don’t really see the need for something else about the same size but it’s their company, if they sent an email asking for my opinion it must have gotten caught in the spam filter like some people’s comments…

Heading outside we saw a large glass case with a car inside that reminded of the way that 1:43 scale cars usually come in their little display cases.  Here were have a real life Audi 100GL from 1972.  I grew up in these cars, we had four Audi 100s on the trot, two in Germany and two in Los Angeles.  It seemed the ones in Germany were of higher quality and less prone to mechanical issues but I was just a kid so maybe not.  Still, I guess my Dad liked then, then again he was a German engineer which probably helps (although later in life he did venture toward Ford and then a Dodge van, and like many others discovered the charms of Japanese cars.)

Ours were all four door examples, the two door is quite a bit rarer and not to be confused with the 100 Coupe which has a fastback profile.

If you hold your phone camera just right you can make the back of an Audi 100 look as long and wide as anything Detroit offered in 1972 as well.  I don’t recall ever seeing that particular color on a real life Audi 100 but the car was immaculate and the color did work, I assume it’s a factory shade that just wasn’t chosen often.

Seat’s pavilion is interesting as you see this wall at a distance and are wondering what you are looking at…

As you get closer you realize it’s about 500 mirrors looking right back at you.  Inside there’s a little movie about the brand’s history and a few cars along with a couple of Cupras, which is VW’s new performance brand based on hotted up Seats.  Apparently there is some talk about bringing Cupra to the U.S. which seems a bit odd to me, does VW really need more brands here, especially since they’ve been killing off many of VW’s normal product lines?

Bugatti shared space with Bentley and Lamborghini and I suppose maybe they rotate the usage or something, but entering the space most of it was taken over by a chrome plated Bugatti Veyron set on a chrome surface with chrome walls all around it.  Taking pictures ended up just dazzling everyone so we walked on and the only other thing in the space was an admittedly impressive Bugatti 16.4 W-16-engine complete with gearbox and everything else.

8 liters, 4 turbos, 1001 horsepower.  Everything seemed tightly connected and there was no oil dripping down from the valve covers unlike on the 1.8 liter, no turbo, 102 horsepower engine in my former ’86 GTI built by the same conglomerate.

We looked at Skoda as well (four cars including what seemed to be a platform mate to the VW ID.4 EV, and found a Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycle in another glass case, yet simply neglected to take photos.  VW Commercial pavilion was for some reason locked but had a few commercial vans inside (bummer) as we peered through the windows.

We then got hungry and visited one of VW’s eateries on the campus which offered their delicious Currywurst with fries and a beer (well, a Radler which is half beer and half lemonade although there were other choices).  As usual the beer was cheaper than the kids’ water.  Did you know that VW actually manufactures their own wurst (sausage) right here in the Wolfsburg factory and it has a VW part number?  They produce over 20,000 per day, have been doing so for decades, and apparently it is the single most produced VW part.  I recommend it highly but don’t think about the various subassemblies that went into this final part.

Next to our table was a cutaway VW DOHC-16v engine, likely dating from the mid to late 80s, as seen in GTI 16V, Jetta GLI 16V, and Scirocco 16V amongst others.  It appeared to be an old display engine from auto shows and such.

There were several other engines on display as well, along with factory photos on the wall.  Somehow we picked the one day of the month when there were no factory tours.  I’d seen it before though, and it’s around an hour long, they shuttle you through the plant in a little train sort of thing and it is all very interesting.  Well worth doing if you’re already there but reserving a spot in advance is recommended if you require it to be in English.

The ZeitHaus museum is on five levels with around 100 cars.  Everything is arranged in groups to do with subject matter which seems different than it used to be, although some of the cars were the same as the last time I was here but many were different.  It does not just focus on VW or even VW’s brands exclusively, they had displays celebrating design, engineering, trends, and other things.  We obviously looked at every car (all of which were exquisite, no missing door panels or crooked trim or patina or anything like that) but I didn’t take pictures of everything so don’t worry, you won’t be here all day.  Some highlights are here though…

I believe this little grouping celebrated engineering.  Behind this marvelous Tatra is a VW XL1 like Roger just recently wrote about, and another car which you recognize of course as well.

Nothing was roped off, it just all sat on these white mats that were marked to please not step on.  People, amazingly enough, obeyed.  There were docents scattered about too, perhaps with hidden tazers, I don’t know and didn’t intend to find out.

One of the better-looking logos in the history of cars methinks.  Color, design, and typography, all used to very good effect.  And the paint on the car, I don’t know if it really looked that good originally, perhaps it did, but nothing today looks like that.

NSU Ro80 which everyone here should recognize.  If not, you have some remedial reading to do, use the search box at the above right to find the relevant post(s) please.  I believe that’s a Hebmüller Cabriolet behind it.

Matra Djet, I think this was in the lightweight sports car section or something to do with you don’t just need power, other things matter as well, the Lotus in the background reinforces that.

A bone for Detroit!  This room had a focus on designers, so the E-Type and Toronado are featured with bios of their designers, as was a ’59(?) ElDorado and various other cars from all over the globe.

This ’77 VW Golf was in the same room, and obviously discussing Giugiaro.  It’s interesting that they chose a ’77 instead of a first or last year example but that’s just how it was.  And the four-door at that!  There was another Golf in another part of the museum, I think a two-door but also not a first or last year example.  But in excellent condition just like this one.

It’s hard to convey just how popular the first generation Golf was, especially in Germany.  The Beetle was always popular but with some reservations due to its genesis, the Golf did away with that and brought things into the modern era.  Golfs back then were like Toyotas in Los Angeles and Fords in Dearborn.  Actually they still are immensely popular with a stellar reputation (over there) for reliability and longevity, it’s so weird to me that you can’t even buy a regular Golf in the U.S. anymore.

Most things on this floor were to do with performance and this trifecta covered turbocharging.

1982 Porsche 911 Turbo (930).  Nothing else needs to be said.

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Turbo.  It’d be nice if all Corvairs still looked this good.  White suits it.

Saab 99 Turbo.  Unapologetically Swedish and all the better for it, Saab is the brand that really popularized turbo technology in the 1970s and brought it to the mainstream.  Or as mainstream as Saabs ever were, but certainly recognized for their performance and safety aspects.

Never mind performance and turbos, the 911 Turbo, Saab 99 Turbo and the Corvair are all kind of odd cars, not really conforming to what was “normal” at their times of introduction.  Pushing boundaries with varying degrees of success, fame (or infamy), and legacy.

And if you know me at all either personally or from these digital pages, it won’t surprise you that I included (just one!) picture of my favorite car, the Audi Quattro for every reason in the world.

Okay, I lied.  But c’mon, I painted my first motorcycle in this color (Mars Red, code LA3A) in tribute!  My wife dislikes the car by the way, “too blocky”…

VW Beetle number 21,569,464 – the last VW Beetle ever produced.  In 2003.

After looking at everything on offer (and really, it was ALL pictureworthy), we went back to the main entry building where there were some exhibits on mobility, future concepts and on the top floor, all of VW’s current EV models including the newest one, the ID.Buzz.  Yes, this is apparently the rebirth of the Microbus, after teasing it for what, two decades, they’ve finally started producing it.  We saw a couple out and about but this was my first opportunity to see it in person and I shall tell you the truth.

I don’t think it’s gonna make it.

No, I don’t.  I see a big flash in the pan and then nothing.  Excuse my pictures by the way, the lighting combined with the black paint and the light pouring in the windows of the building conspired to make these some of the worst pictures I’ve posted.  Sorry.  Anyway, the look is pretty much as advertised.  Looks like the old bus, but modernized.

Underneath it’s pretty much this like all of the VW ID line-up.  Battery in the center under the floor, motor in the rear, and steering in the front. Second motor in the front if AWD, which will be an option on the bus, uh, ID.Buzz.

It’s fairly tall and relatively compact actually.

I can stand under the hatch and that’s a (my) 14 year old in the cargo area.  Note there is no third row in this one, however North America will apparently get a longer wheelbase version with a third row.  I do not know what that will do to the looks which might make it look weirdly long.  It seems this one should have enough room for it, but cargo space would be severely compromised.

This is the second row.  It’s fine but nothing special or particularly interesting.

Adequate legroom (I’m 6’1″ with a 32″ inseam and sitting behind my (passenger seat) self here).  I did not think to check if the second row seat moves fore and aft, it might and if it does not, then it should.  I’ll note I still read car reviews elsewhere and nobody bothers to state their measurements making their impressions of rear seat room useless to anyone else…

Here’s the cockpit.  Again, it’s fine, larger but not really large center screen and small dead-ahead screen fulfills the basic requirements.  What kills it for me is the absolute cheapness of the plastics and materials on offer.  I’m not one of those soft-dash fetishists, but this was all hard stuff that didn’t feel or look particularly good.  This is what you’d expect in a decade old pickup truck as far as that goes, but not a semi-premium EV-van that supposedly will be starting at around $45,000 in the U.S. which I suspect will have crept up by the time it’s released for us.

In Germany this starts at 52,770 Euros and as shown here is up to 60,165 Euros which doesn’t represent a lot of optional extras.  I know German prices do not translate to US prices, yet I’m not seeing it or at least not if VW intends to make any money on it.  Perhaps there will be another, better quality interior for the US?  I don’t know, but if there isn’t it’ll be disappointing.  As an aside in the US the ID.4 EV SUV starts at $39k (2WD with smaller battery) and tops out at over $55k for the top trim level so a $16,000 spread across the lineup.  Using that as a proxy if the Buzz does start at $45k that would top it out over $60k which I don’t know if that’s going to fly.

The above video is the promo that was playing on a big screen across the room, so I recorded it.  It shows it in a far better light than how I saw it in person.

There’s a fair amount of buzz about the Buzz, and a lot of hype.  I think VW expects big things from it, but I’m not seeing it, at least not based on this example.  It delivers (maybe) on the cute/nostalgia factor but it’s also somewhat overexposed and been teased for FAR too long and while it’ll likely EV like the rest of VW’s EV lineup that doesn’t seem particularly special overall and neither does the experience once inside this thing.  Perhaps I’ll be wrong, my prediction is a decent first year pop as long as VW can supply enough of them and then a very quick drop in volume.

People will like looking at it and seeing the first couple of dozen they see, but as far as their wallets go I don’t get who the market will be, there are precious few minivans already in my neighborhood filled with kids, many older people that grew up in VW busses are anti- or scared-of-EV or don’t need something this voluminous and VW may not have many people willing to pony up the $60k-65k or so that I predict a 3-row awd version with most of the trimmings might cost.  And some people are still pissed at VW for the diesel thing.

And with that, we bid AutoStadt a fond “Auf Wiedersehen”, walked back to the Wolfsburg train station, and blasted back into Berlin on another 155mph ICE.  All travel everywhere should be that good.  No security lines, no traffic, big seats, lots of legroom, no fear of a speeding ticket, time to chat or read or just stare out the window, a restaurant car, and all the while knowing you’re getting closer faster to your destination.

Once back in Berlin there was apparently another police action with Zoo Station shut down for some reason and huge police presence as we rolled through in the train.  Lots of police Sprinter vans and even some armored vehicles!  I don’t know what was going on, it didn’t seem too many people were troubled by it.

I think the German police can hold their own.  Just over an hour after leaving Wolfsburg we were back at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, transferred to our S-Bahn for a couple of stops and got back to our place around dusk.

Our daughter and her roommate had flown up that afternoon from Barcelona to stay with us for the next few days as they realized they’d have a place to stay as they went clubbing in Berlin in the evenings and we had a ton of extra space in our place.  Here are the ladies enjoying their liters of beer at Weihenstephan’s Beer Garden near us where we went for dinner, although we sat inside on the huge wooden benches.  Weihenstephan is the oldest continuously operating brewery in Germany (since 1040, yes 1040, no typo), and is based in Bavaria making this one of the few places that serves Bavarian-style beer in Berlin.

My older son got in on the action as well, the waiter asked him if he was 16, he said yes of course (but barely), and okay then what size beer would you like?  (Beer is legal at 16 in Germany).  Lots of selfies went back to his buddies that evening….And that concludes the second part of day six and all of day seven as we rest up in order to see more delights curbside and beyond on day 8, hopefully you’ll join us and until then a hearty Prost!

If you missed any part of this series and would like to catch up here they are in order:

Day 1-2ish

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5-6