Part 5 – My First Trip To Berlin

Intro – Maldivian Paradise With A Little Europe Sprinkled In
Part 1 – Getting To The Maldives
Part 2 – Welcome To Paradise
Part 3 – A Couple Of Days In Kuala Lumpur
Part 4 – Paris On A Dime
Part 5 – My First Trip To Berlin
Part 6 – Going Home In Style: The Lufthansa First Experience

Berlin had been on my list of places to visit for a very long time, so I decided to extend my trip by a few days by using Avios and Club Carlson points.  This would also be a great origination city for of my return home using United miles to book a Lufthansa First class award home.


I used 4500 Avios to book a short haul Air Berlin flight from CDG to TXL.  Everything was on time, and we made our way to the bus that would drop us off across from the Radisson Blu in former East Berlin.  The location was central to everything and I was able to use points for one night plus an additional free night due to the Club Carlson Visa benefit.

View Of The Berliner Dom Cathedral From My Room At The Radisson Blu

Upon arrival, we had purchased a 3 day visitor pass allowing for unlimited mass transit uses and certain discounts on attractions.  Berlin is a very walkable city, so aside from the bus ride to and from the airport and a couple of subway rides, we didnt really use it, though depending on where you wanted to go, it may or may not be a good value.

We hit the usual touristy things:

Remnants Of The Berlin Wall On Display
Check Point Charlie
Memorial To The Murdered Jews of Europe

Three days in this city isn’t nearly enough, but definitely enough to get a good feel for things in this growing city trying to find its new identity.  This visit was enlightening and a more than a little sobering at times, but should be on everyone’s must see list.

NEXT:  Part 6 – Going Home In Luxury:  The Lufthansa First Experience


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