Comfort, great food, close to everything at Sofitel in Berlin
Kids having fun in Gendarmenmarkt Square in Central Berlin

Comfort, great food, close to everything at Sofitel in Berlin

I admit what I like best is the breakfast buffet. I’ve love the chance to try foods that Berliners might typically have but I wouldn’t at home

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Touring the Sites of Rememberance of the Holocaust in Berlin
Guide Nadav Jakobovitch of Tours by Locals explains the memorial to the Aryan women who protested to save their Jewish husbands

Touring the Sites of Rememberance of the Holocaust in Berlin

“There were many unsung heroes,” said Nadav Jakobovitch, our Tours by Locals guide on our second day in Berlin. He comes from a family of Holocaust survivors by way of Israel

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Walking the Berlin Wall – Reconciliation Matters
Famous image of an East German border guard fleeing to the West in the early days of the Wall building effort

Walking the Berlin Wall – Reconciliation Matters

We had just walked between what had once been called “the death strip,” the area between West Berlin and East Berlin, between the wall and safety of the West

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Discovering the history and culture of Berlin, Germany
Guest of the Westin Grand Berlin picking at the Berlin Wall

Discovering the history and culture of Berlin, Germany

From the time the Berlin Wall went up in August 1961 till it was torn down in November 1989, thousands of East Berliners made their escape the short distance to the West in the most ingenious ways. At least 2,000 died trying. Today, it’s hard to believe this beautiful city was once divided by an ugly wall.

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Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen
One of the annual Nazi political rallies in Nuremberg in the 1930s

Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen

As I kept thinking about all of those architectural monstrosities that we saw on our tour of Nuremberg, I reminded myself of that photo I saw in Berlin of the Nazis crouching in fear at war's end. How the mighty have fallen, I thought.

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Exploring Jewish Berlin – dark history and revival
Memorial to Holocaust victims at cemetery in Berlin's Jewish Quarter

Exploring Jewish Berlin – dark history and revival

You can’t visit Berlin without considering the horror of the Holocaust--the six million European Jews (600,000 of them German-born) who perished. Countless others had their lives uprooted, among them millions of children. Germany’s capital city confronts the horror head-on at places large and small.

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History comes alive in Berlin – at Checkpoint Charlie and the Spy Museum
Sign at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

History comes alive in Berlin – at Checkpoint Charlie and the Spy Museum

The idiosyncratic Mauer Museum at Check Point Charlie that is at the original border crossing between the Cold War American and Soviet sectors of Berlin. The location is no accident.

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Westin Gets it Right for Families in Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market near the Westin Grand Hotel in central Berlin

Westin Gets it Right for Families in Berlin

Westin and Le Meridien Hotels have just introduced new family programs, they say, in response to a changing global demand for family travel. Rather than focusing on a kids club, this idea stresses that playing “knows no borders or language barriers but rather inspires kids to explore learn and build relationships."

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