After admiring the Brandenburger Gate, leave the tourist destinations behind for Prenzlauer Berg, where the multicultural locals meet in funky cafes, art galleries and independent bookstores. Linger in the open air markets, the Berlin equivalent of Greenwich Village in New York City.
Just a few trolley stops from our relatives in former East Berlin, its off-the-beaten-path location saved it from the major bombing which flattened much of the city during World War II, allowing buildings to survive although bullet holes can be found in their facades.
Shoppers looking for an international adventure story for nine to fourteen-year-olds may purchase Finn's Ship at the Saint George's English Bookshop. The owner Paul opened the well-stocked store on Woerther Str. after relocating from London.
For picture books from around the world, you must visit Mundo Azul.