"When the Berlin Wall came down, we drove there and helped pick the wall apart. People were on the wall hammering pieces, and I was right there, taking pieces. It was 1989, four days after the wall came down. My mom and dad and I drove to Berlin and everybody was so excited. No one really knew what that meant for the country yet. A lot of negative things happened after that, and a lot of good things, too. I just remember being very excited. Everyone was picking at the wall. Everyone wanted to have a piece of that history. I have a picture of me standing on top of the wall, with my hammer in my hand. It was being part of history. I was there."

heide klum's germany essentials

brenner's park-hotel & spa
, baden-baden;
expensive; 011-49-7221-900801

intercontinental, frankfurt; very expensive;

raffles hotel vier jahreszeiten, hamburg;
expensive; 011-49-40-34940

augustiner bräustuben, munich; brew house; inexpensive; 011-49-89-507047

blue marlin, cologne; sushi/seafood; moderate;

dallmayr, munich; delicatessen; inexpensive;

fischerhaus, hamburg; german; moderate;

hofbrauhaus am platz, munich; beer hall; moderate; 011-49-89-221676

indochine, hamburg; vietnamese; expensive; 011-49-40-39-807880