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Taking a Trabi safari around Berlin

What's it like to drive a car built for communist-era Germany? Pretty damn fun.

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Taking a Trabi safari around Berlin

Trabis, or Trabants, were one of the few cars available in East Germany under communism before the reunification of the country in 1990.

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These days if you see a Trabi on the road in Berlin, it's more likely to be part of a sightseeing tour.

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Some Trabis are used for racing... but not this one.

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This Trabi was my ride around Berlin for the afternoon.

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Unsurprisingly, it attracted a lot of attention.

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Surprisingly, it was quite comfy to sit in.

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Working out how to use the gear stick was tricky (it's hidden just behind the steering wheel).

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But once I did it turned out to be the perfect way to see Berlin.

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Trabis are short and squat eyed, but also quite bug eyed. This one is especially cute.

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