|this is the only relevant picture from my last day in Berlin|
The place I stayed in Berlin was also in the middle of the action in the Neukolln neighborhood, and it was fine. But after the green hills, rolling pastures, and quiet villages, I just wasn't in the mindset for a lot of big city activities. There was modern architecture I could have checked out and contemporary art collections I could have seen, but I actually spent a lot of quality time relaxing and reading in my sunny apartment. I did roam around the city a bit, went to a couple of shops I had noted from the guidebooks and spent probably 40 minutes on the U-Bahn getting to an ice cream shop that had been recommended to me, it turned out to be in a neighborhood on the edge of the city and was totally worth the journey. I'm glad I went to Berlin but I don't think my next major trips will involve spending a lot of time in crowds.