This weekend I went with my group to Spandau and the Citadel. Spandau is a borough of Berlin but used to be its own little town. The Citadel was built in medieval times to protect Berlin. Its positioned where the rivers Havel and Spree meet. It makes a nice half day outing from Berlin, and of course we found our way to a kaffee und kuchen place in Spandau town.
The Citadel is well preserved.
These statues once lined a prominent boulevarde in the city.
They were buried during WW2 for their own protection.
They did still suffer damage.
Now they are installed (and forgotten) here, which is a real shame as their original purpose was to celebrate known figures in German history and culture.
I used to make daisy chains out of these flowers with my friends in the school yard.
The scent wafting up was gorgeous, and a cute little bee!
I wandered into a pottery studio.
We came across this massive chestnut tree.
People can take photos as they like, but it’s not a photo-nerdy group at all.
First things first.
Kaffee und kuchen.
This is a traditional Berlin drink called Berliner Weisse dating back to the 16th century.
At one time 700 breweries were making it, now just two in Berlin are left that still make it.
It’s a cloudy, sour wheat beer with either green or red syrup added.
If you really want to be a Berliner, then this is the drink for you.
It started to rain when we had planned to walk around the town, so I didn’t get photos of Spandau itself. But it’s a very well preserved place in classic German style. Such a lovely outing!