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New Wonders of the World? I nominate KaDeWe!

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Just returned from Vienna-Prague-Berlin trip that has left me exhausted and wanting more.

Vienna was incredible. Busier than I thought it would be. Beautiful. Full of kind people. Fantastic architecture. Quaint little hotel in a great location: Hotel Austria. Cannot be beat.

The train ride from Vienna to Prague was wonderful. Interesting people, gorgeous scenery. Pleasant ride! (Be sure to make reservations. I was able to ride 1st class, but it was a very close call.)

Prague. Omigosh. More gorgeous scenery. More incredible architecture. More kind people. I wrote my daughters that when cities stood in God's lines to receive attributes, Prague stood in the Color line twice. Another super hotel, Residence Mala Strana. Great location. Great staff.

The train ride to Berlin was beautiful beyond words. Actually, that brings to mind when I was landing in Vienna, full of jetlag symptoms and feeling sooooo bad, I looked out the window to spy those mountains and shook my head in amazement that Julie Andrews wasn't out there dancing on those peaks. Breathtaking. Actually forgot about the jetlag for a bit.

I'm an emotional person. I make no apologies for that; it serves me well. I tell you this to explain why I began crying as soon as I saw the memorial to the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.(I was a block away.) It is so very powerful. One of the best memorials I have ever seen.

Another great hotel: City Hotel Am Gendarmenmarkt. Great location in a sweeeeeet neighborhood. Great staff. I really lucked out re: all 3 hotels...thanks to recommendations from other Fodorites!!

Brings me back to the title of this report. I have traveled in 13 countries and almost every state in this country so I am not a country bumpkin visiting a big city for the first time. But, can't say that I have ever seen anything like KaWeDe. My jaw dropped when I got off the escalator on the 6th floor and spied allllll the food products, beers, coffees, wines.....OMIGOSH. What a store. Found everything from a 175 Euro scarf to a 1 Euro white ceramic lovebird. (Bought the lovebird; put the scarf back!)

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