Saturday was a free day and most of us slept in. A few adventurous souls however, left at 7 am for a day trip to Poland. I spent the day exploring Tiergarten, German for animal garden, with Jessica. The park is in central Berlin and spans 520 acres. We took shelter at the Victory Column during a short burst of rain which unfortunately made our pictures less than impressive. The column, built in the late 19th century, marks the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War.
On our way back to the Bahn, we discovered a playground that would not have been allowed in the United States. In addition to the usual swings and slide, there was a zip line, a stand-up see-saw, a trampoline, and a very tall climbing structure.
In the evening, most of the group met up for a boat tour on the Spree River. It was still a bit chilly so we had the boat almost to ourselves. We were able to see a lot of Berlin’s main sights and landmarks.
We split up again for dinner, but the common desire was for a warm, sit down dinner, so many of us headed for the Indian restaurant near our hostel. We all headed to our warm beds, hoping for a warmer end to our weekend and looking forward to next week.