After sightseeing around Berlin (yes, my first mystery location), LauraLynne and I booked two separate day trips for the rest of our time in Germany. With the approaching holiday weekend, we were a bit worried about train reservations; luckily, that German hospitality was not lost at Berlin Hauptbahnhof’s ticket counter, and we got our seats with ease.
When you hop on board the Deutsche Bahn, it’s not uncommon to find someone sitting where you’re supposed to, which can be slightly unnerving. Upon traveling to mystery location #2, we found an older man sleeping in one of our seats, with his luggage sprawled out over the other. LauraLynne kindly woke him from his slumber, and he then proceeded to sit in someone else’s reserved spot.
The primary reason for us venturing to this smaller German town is because of LL’s interest in its university. Uniquely embedded into the city, the school is known for its Masters and PhD programs in the sciences, boasting prestigious research affiliates, such as the Max Planck institute.
The campus was beautiful, encompassing cobblestone streets and winding woodland paths. Its botanical garden was especially remarkable, with sprouting flowers indicating the approaching spring season. Students and faculty rely heavily on bikes for transportation, and with so many in this city, one could easily forget where they parked it.
Along with the university, a fountain/statue in the city center holds this town’s claim to fame. While it is small in size, the Gänseliesel, or Goose Girl, holds importance because students obtaining doctorate degrees from the college must kiss her after graduating.
Our second day trip was my favorite thus far, and the site of mystery location #3. As soon as we arrived in this city, we took the bus to its Warehouse District, Speicherstadt. I was awestruck by the architecture, which perfectly balanced worn brick structures with modern glass buildings. Speicherstadt is located along the port of the city (the second largest port in Europe), and the loading canals running through the neighborhood nicely complimented its overall allure.
At this point in our trip, we had spent a lot of time in Germany without consuming the country’s incredible fare. As soon as we found a German restaurant, we enjoyed schnitzel, weißwurst, apfelstrudel, and of course, a lot of pilsner.
We spent our final hours shopping along the city’s main road, Mönckebergstraße. Ultimately, this amounted to me buying way too many gummy bears and LauraLynne blatantly getting photo-bombed in front of the Adidas store, which was by far a highlight of the trip. We were both sad to leave Germany last night, but now we are in a brand new country, which you will be hearing about very soon.
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