A real treat for us was visiting Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. It was wonderful! We saw the most amazing miniature train displays, airport displays, and many other miniature set-ups. Check out the scene of a Swiss train station below (click on the image for a larger view).
The detail on the people, trains, and other various objects is extraordinary. The scene below made me giddy (click on the image for a larger view).
They had a demonstration using Magdeburg hemispheres! It was thrilling to see a classic physics experiment in miniature.
We also saw much of Hamburg's city centre, including the Hamburg Rathaus (click on the image for a larger view).
Despite the rain, we enjoyed touring the city. We also enjoyed visiting Wildpark Schwarze Berge in Rosengarten on Easter. We saw many animals and got to pet and feed a few of them. Anyone with children who find themselves near Hamburg should get to that park.
We stayed in what used to be East Berlin after leaving Hamburg. It was not hard to see the influence of four decades of Soviet occupation. Visiting the remains of the Berlin Wall gave us a chilly reminder of the Cold War. The photo below shows me in front of a graffiti-filled part of the wall (click on the image for a larger view).
The circular part at the top helped prevent people from climbing over the wall. Nothing like applying physics to something terrible. And nothing like seeing walls between people come down.
Of course we had to visit the government buildings in Berlin. The Reichstag is a particularly interesting building (click on the image for a larger view).
We enjoyed good food and beer in Germany, as well as good times with friends. Now I'm anxious to visit the southern parts of Germany!