Internet Access Updated April 2, 2008
The internet cafes, like Easy Everything, where you sit side by side with as many as 350 others, strange orange color in the place but it has a Dunkin Doughnuts inside it. That doesnt help if you are on a diet but it does help if you dont have coins for the ticket machine. They dont take paper money, so go buy a doughtnut and coffee, use the coins to buy internet time then choose a computer and have a good time.
*Check beforehand what is the rate. 1 Euro for 60 minutes is a good rate, while one place I saw it was 3 Euro for the same amount of time. Better the 1 Euro! At Easy Everything it changes from day to day, sometimes as low at 1 Euro sometimes up to 1.80 Euro.*
The above was current when I first wrote this tip a couple of years ago....things have changed!* I left it so you could see the difference clearly. Now, there is a flat rate for internet at the Dunkin Doughnuts, which is 2€ for an hour.
**The easiest one to find is Easy Everything near Zoo Station at 224 Ku´damm if you are a traveler coming into the famous station. When you come out of the Zoo station go right past Burger King about two blocks then cross the street. Or take get off at Ku´damm station and you are right there.*
Again that was before, this one is no longer there.* There is only one directly across from Zoo Station if you come out going towards Kaiser Wilhelm memorial. There are very many neighborhood internet/telecafés in Berlin, most run by Turkish operators, and there prices are much cheaper, between -.50 or -.80 cents for first 30 minutes. 1€ per hour. Much better, yes? But also, it's usually a smaller place, closer to other users, and more smoky, but tolerable.
The biggest one in most popular area I happened to go to was at Potsdamer Platz, its on the side with Sony Centre. One can see it clearly from street side. I have my own laptop, but I don't always carry it with me so this is convenient if you have to check something quickly. Also many cafès now have FREE ACCESS so you can connect, though you need to buy a coffee or something while you're there, but there is no limit to your staying that I've found (unless I guess you are sitting there for 8 hours or something taking up space from other customers!) Well, as I said, the Easy Everything at Ku'damm is closed that I mentioned above, but it was my favourite one to go to because you could go to the upstairs room and look out the windows at everyone going by while you surfed. An easy place to meet friends as to go on to other places.
Ist also die Strasse
eine Art Lektuere, so
lies sie, aber kritisiere sie
nicht zu viel. Finde nicht
zu schnell schoen oder haesslich!
If the street is a kind of book
start reading but don't criticise to much.
Don't judge to quickly about beautiful and ugly!
Please feel free to let me know if the translation is bad and wrong! Thanks
Ho Ha Hee Hertha BSC!
As I live not too far from the old Olympic stadium I have taken to cheering on the local soccer team Hertha BSC. They play in the German Bundesliga and average a good home crowd of around 40,000. although for bigger games the crowd is much larger. The stadium is being totally refurbished for the upcoming World Cup finals in 2006 as thhis is where the final will be played.
The team was actually named after an old steamship hence the name Hertha which is quite unusual for a sporting club.
It is an interesting afternoon or evening out mingling with the crowd outside at one of the many bratwurst stands and drinking a cheap beer before going into the stadium. This was the stadium where the 1936 Olympics took place and there was the incident with Hitler and that black American fellow!
Zur letzten Instanz located...
Zur letzten Instanz located near Alexanderplatz at Waisenstrabe 14-16
Napolean is said to have sat down at the table reserved for the regulars, which is standing in front of the 200 year old majolica-tiled stove in the tap room.
We sat across from this stove and I snuck a picture. The pub area was very small and crowded but was worth vistiting for just one beer!
This corner pub was the first of its art in the Simon- Dach-Strasse in Friedrichshain. Friedrichshain was the melting pot of eastern punks and western squatters from Kreuzberg after the fall of the wall.
The face of it has changed a bit in the last years, and more so called yuppies explored the wild east....
The graffitis are not so often seen anymore, instead of itýs a hip part of Berlin to live in....
Today the Simon-Dach-Street is full of bars, itýs one of the most popular saturday night locations in town, because of hte many many pubs, cocktail bars etc. The Conmux was the first and itýs still there.... The staff is quite unfriendly and service is hard to get but itýs what makes it so special. You can sit here for ages and forget the time.....
Inside itýs really dark, the music is dark and the staff is way too cool :)))
We had a Tomato "Abendbrot", a slice of brown bread with some tomatopieces and garlic butter.... It costs 1,50€ and this is an example that you still get cheap prices in the East of Berlin. A Weizen beer costs 2,60 €, and I donýt think that you can get it cheaper in Germany.