Hotel Garni an der Gropiusstadt
Neukollner Strasse 284, Berlin, 12357, Germany
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we are coming over to berlin on a school trip, and as teenagers are interested in the shopping. any advice for somewhere not too expensive with a variety of shops???
It would help if we knew when you were going.
- Kurfürstendamm / Tauenziehnstrasse (normal to upscale)
- Friedrichstraße (upscale)
- the (larger) area around Hackesche Höfe (for the more fashion conscious)
- Schloßstraße (in the borough of Steglitz, normal)
- Potsdamer Platz Arcaden (normal to upscale)
- Kastanienallee and Stargarder Str. (in the Prenzlauer Berg area, not the usual suspects, so no Benetton, no car dealers, no Nike stores, no big department stores, but rather some grungy record stores, some weird shirts and bags and lots of restaurants/bars) plus the more upscale Rykestraße and Kollwitzstraße.
- Oranienstraße in Kreuzberg (trashy).
And possibly a dozen more.
Travel Tips for Berlin
Some guided Walks with Insider Guides are free
Every now and then VT members ask for guided walking tours.
Here are some links:
New Berlin Tours are FREE and take place daily in any kind of weather. They take about 3.5 hours. Tours in German, English and Spanish. They also offer free cycling tours.
Brewer's also offers a FREE tour. Daily departures at 1pm in front of the Bandy Brooks shop opposite Friedrichstraße station. The Best of Berlin day tour costs 12 Euro and departs at 10.30am at the same place. Other themed tours available. (No tours on some few dates like Christmas Day, New Year and Love Parade.)
Berlin Walks also has a big choice of themed tours. Their main tour costs 12 Euro (9 Euro for Welcome Card holders). From Meeting Point West it takes 4 hours, from Meeting Point East it is all walking.
Tour Times from Meeting Point West (taxi stand outside station Zoologischer Garten)
April - October: daily 10am and 2.30pm
November - March: daily 10am
From Meeting Point East (in front of Häagen Dazs, opposite S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt)
April - October: daily 10.30am and 3pm
November - March: daily 10.30am
Insidertour even offers an infamous Pub Crawl (12 Euro). The main tour starts at east and west meeting points and takes 4 hours, as above. Cost, likewise, 12 Euro (10 for Welcome Card Holders).
From Meeting Point West (McDonald's opposite the main entrance to the station Zoologischer Garten) at 10am and 2.30pm (April - Oct), and 10am (Nov - Mar).
From Meeting Point East (Coffeemamas at S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt) at 10.30am and 3pm (April - Oct) and 10.30am (Nov - Mar).
Their bicycle tours cost 20 Euro.
All other themed tours like Potsdam, Third Reich, etc. on the respective websites.
Football Fever In Berlin
The timing of my visit, which took me by train through the Netherlands and back again, was during the 2010 football World Cup finals. Whilst in the Netherlands the orange flags and banners were conspicuous everywhere the Germans seemed a little more subdued.
It wasn't until I was enjoying my last beer in Berlin, on the terrace bar at the Hauptbahnhof, that I caught my first proper experience of a patriotic supporter.
The dog's pleasantly leggy owner did try to get it to pose properly for me but I only had beer to attempt to attract its attention - HA! If I'd known there was a potential photo-op I would have ordered a bratwurst as well -I believe that German dogs only drink beer as an accompaniement to sausage ;)
This grandiose synagogue built between 1859-66 best showcases the success of Berlin Jews in the late 19th-early 20th Century. With plans by Eduard Knoeblauch, who was also involved with the Old Synagogue, and with the construction supervised by August Stuler after his death, it was the largest in Germany seating over 3000. Count von Bismarck attended its dedication ceremony. The style is frankly Moorish and consciously patterned after the Alhambra with a main golden dome 160 feet high, a decorative terra cotta and brick facade, and two smaller towers with golden domes as well. The New Synagogue was one of the first major German buildings to use iron in construction.
On Kristallnacht, the synagogue was saved from destruction by a valiant German police officer, but WWII bombing would basically flatten the building 5 years later and the remaining segments were demolished by the GDR in the 1950's. Reconstruction began on 9 Nov 1988, exactly 50 years after the Night of Broken Glass with reconstruction of the facade by 1993 and dedication in 1995. However the building no longer plays a religious role but acts as a museum of Berlin Jewish history particularly relevant to the buillding and a community and education center for the increasing Jewish population in the area.
Burberry is the flagship of the British fashion industry, recognisible with the Scottish styled cross-stripes. Their shop in Berlin is located on the busy Kurfürstendamm shopping street, among other luxury shops.
The ground floor is dedicated for accessories, such as bags and scarves, and garments for gentlemen. The upper floor has selection for ladies. The shop is big and airy, and the service is, once again, top-notch.
From Berlin-Tegel to the city centre
There are frequent buses to the city centre from outside Terminal B. The website below provides timetables.
As my hotel was in the Kurfurstendamm area I caught the 109 which goes to Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten, the X9 goes there too.
The other buses from Tegel are the 128 & the Airport bus TXL.
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