Weekend in Berlin - Mitte

We finished off our adventures in Berlin with a walk through Mitte.  Mitte is the business district of Berlin and tends to be a bit quiet on the weekend.  We saved this district for Monday morning as a result.  We passed historical staples like the Brandenburg Gate.
I liked this little happy wurst shack in the park near the Reichstag.  We had intended to tour the dome of the Reichstag but they recently implemented an advance ticket purchase policy.  They tend to sell out a couple weeks in advance.  If you want to go, definitely book early as we were turned away.
We walked Unter den Linden from end to end and admired Humboldt University home of many brilliant scientists throughout history including Albert Einstein and Fritz Haber (for a fascinating read about Haber, check out The Alchemy of Air).
We popped in to the DDR Museum to experience a snapshot of life in the former East Berlin.  The exhibits were very hands on and interesting but the space was a bit crowded so we didn't get a chance to see everything.  I was intrigued by the exhibit on the vacation habits of East German citizens.  Apparently, they liked to sunbathe naked as a passive aggressive protest to Soviet control.  There were pictures, videos, and everything!
We walked from the DDR Museum to Hackescher Markt and had a coffee at A.M.T.
The neighborhood is simply lovely with shops and restaurants nestled under the train tracks.
Hackesche Höfe is located nearby and is a series of interconnected courtyards lined with shops and eateries.
We stopped at a nondescript Bäckerei along Auguststraße for a large powdered, plum filled doughnut.  Yum!
I liked this colorful door complete with caricature of John Lennon.
We finally arrived at our targeted destination for lunch -- Dada Falafel.  Rumored to be the best in the city, we decided to seek out this economical spot for a quick bite.
The food did not disappoint.  The falafel plate came with three types of sauces including two that were pretty darn spicy (double yum!)
We walked across the Spree along Friedrichstraße and spotted locks chained to the bridge.  I couldn't find anything specific about the locks online but I recall hearing that they had something to do with declaring undying love (don't quote me on that though...)
Sadly, our weekend in Berlin was drawing to a close.  We toasted our adventure with a German beer at the airport.  Prost!

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