London to Berlin. I was the oldest person on the flight and was sat close to a stag party. They were not too raucous, they were polite and they each drank just two small cans of beer during the flight – it could have been a lot worse. Note to self – it might be advisable to avoid Friday flights to Berlin.

Berlin’s Schonefeld airport is small and has the most unfriendly access to the train system one could imagine. The tunnel under the rail tracks has no live information boards, no staff and a handful of ticket machines with queues of flumoxed tourists. Note to self for next time – use the timetables on the walls to find out when your next train is and which platform it leaves from, and buy a ticket from the ticket machine on the platform.

My hotel and room was wonderful (Adina Apartment Hotel – Hauptbahnhof). I’d only just entered my room when the knock on the door indicated good-timing by my Berlin-resident son. In the evening we had an outdoor dinner (at Die Berliner Republik) alongside the river. The food was good, the service so-so. TripAdvisor negative comments seem to be mainly about the service!

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