Monday, June 10, 2013
Under the Brandenburg Gate
start of Unter den Linden, except there aren't any trees. It sure is a grand boulevard though, and there's plenty of construction going on near the state opera house.
I had to wait until I was having dinner, incongruously, at Hofbrau Munchen, "ein stuck Bayern I'm Herzen der Hauptstadt", near the hostel that will be my home for the next 7 days, before I started reading my guidebook.
I had no idea the place I'd decided to stay in (from the Lonely Planet Guide to Berlin) was so close to the museum island and a bunch of the other things i plan to see here.
This is the heart of old East Germany, with the American Embassy in a superb location practically the first big building on the left as you walk through the Brandenburg Gate. And not too far down, on street left, is, wait for it: Starbucks!!