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Berlin

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In the 20th century, Berlin figured in two world wars and was a divided city, East and West Berlin, for nearly thirty years. Today the unified city is lush and green, wide boulevards are lined with trees, there are parks and lakes. Traveling in Berlin with kids, don't miss the dazzling Reichstag and look around town for the "Berlin bears" – everywhere you turn, there's another colorful bear painted with fanciful designs.

Berlin Photo Album
    Mitte – City Center
  Museum Island and the TV Tower
  Tiergarten and Kurfurstendamm
  Charlottenburg
Berlin Wall Stuff and More Museums
Greater Berlin
  Berlin day trips
       
      Tip: Berlin has an extensive and convenient subway (U-bahn) and above-ground train system (S-bahn). Get a "Small Group" ticket (up to five persons) for the day, or a Welcome Card 2 or 3 days pass, and go anywhere within Berlin city.
   

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In 1963, when John F. Kennedy gave a speech near the Berlin Wall, he used the phrase " Ich bin ein Berliner." A "Berliner" is a kind of doughnut, filled with jam and covered with sugar. Try these doughnuts at any bakery. Or dig into a Wurst and Frites, incredibly good sausages (they look like chubby hot dogs) and french fries.

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Get the story of the divided city, tales of espionage and escape, bike along the remaing wall, check out the last of the "deathstrip" watchtowers. This four hour bike tour is a super activity for teens and older kids!
Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour
A good way to get to know Berlin is a hop on – hop off bus. 15 stops around the city, including Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Kurfurstendamm, and more. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can board the double-decker bus anywhere on the route. Get your tickets in advance, and you're ready to see Berlin:
Berlin Hop On Hop Off Bus
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The Balloon Sailors kids books Berlin  
The Balloon Sailors
Diane Swanson, Krystyna Lipka-Sztarballo

"All last night, the soldiers were working, building a wall of stone – thick and tall." Overnight, a kingdom is sliced in two by a wall. An inventive family sews a giant balloon, and sails over the wall (based on a true incident of the Berlin Wall). A captivating story, wonderfully illustrated. (Picture book)

 

     
Escape to West Berlin
Maurine F. Dahlberg

Summer 1961. Heidi is like other teenagers in East Berlin, except everything is about to change completely. Her parents cross safely to West Berlin, but Heidi and her grandmother are still in East Berlin on the day the wall goes up. An exciting novel that brings to life the Berlin Wall crisis. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
berlin books kids history cold war When the Wall Came Down  
When the Wall Came Down
Serge Schmemann

First hand reporting of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November, 1989, and then the re-unification of Germany, plus photos and a timeline. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)

 

     
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot
Margot Theis Raven, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

In 1948, West Berlin was blockaded for a whole year, and supplies to the city were flown in. This is the true story of a little girl, and the pilot who dropped something very special from the skies to the children of Berlin. (Picture book)

 

 
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(More children's books on other Germany pages)
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