After many successive stays in hotels with uncomfortable European style mattresses, we broke down and booked ourselves at the good old Hampton Inn (incidentally, rated the #16 hotel in Berlin on TripAdvisor!). It ended up being a good choice, as the beds were comfortable, the internet fast and the A/C cold. This triple threat is a very tough score in Europe.
Our first morning in Berlin, we had, of course, booked ourselves on a bike tour of the city. This particular tour was a Fat Tire tour on one of their new e-bikes. An e-bike operates like a regular bike, but has an electric motor that gives a turbo boost to your pedaling effort. Therefore, you can accelerate uphill and zip around the city all day without breaking a sweat. This was great, as it allowed us to cover a lot of ground in this massive city.
Aside from the sight seeing and the food, we had a lot of fun exploring different neighborhoods throughout the city. It's a very diverse city that is changing and growing rapidly as the East continues to evolve following the fall of the wall. There are lots of fun and interesting neighborhoods to explore and many different types of people to meet. This city really does have something for everyone. We had an awesome time in Berlin and can't wait to come back.