Hotel Ravel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Rudower Strasse 80-82, Berlin, 12351, Germany
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Forum Posts

New Year in Berlin

by SaschaSER

Please, could you tell me what is the best place in Berlin to be in Newyears Eve? At Brandenburg Tor? Where do go the most of visitors and Berliners?

Danke!

Re: New Year in Berlin

by abalada

Best place is impossible to answer as nobody could have been at all places in question at the same time. There is also no rule that the best place for 2009/2010 will it be also for 2010/2011.

> Where do go the most of visitors and Berliners
That's however an easy one: at the party between Brandenburger Tor and the the Siegessäule (Victory Column).
http://www.silvester-berlin.de/

Re: New Year in Berlin

by SaschaSER

Thank you for your fast replay.
If I understood you good, the biggest open air celebration is at Brandenburg Tor?
If is not problem for you, could you describe if you know, what's like there?

Re: New Year in Berlin

by christine.j

Hundreds of thousands of people,lots of music, many bands, partying, toasting with sparkling wine and a great firework at midnight.

Re: New Year in Berlin

by Turtleshell

Consider staying relatively close to your hotel so you can walk back "home" rather than have to rely on public transport. Remember that many people will be drunk which can be an obnoxious experience if you have to deal with them on an S-Bahn.

Re: New Year in Berlin

by penny_g

I had once the chance to celebrate the new year's eve in Berlin. It was totally different of the way I and Bulgarian people have party on this day but we are all different, so ... the right place to go is the Brandenburg Tor where there are plenty of parties and scenes with music and dances for every style. just make sure that you have eaten and drunk enough because you won't have this opportunity there a lot. you should know that it is very crowded, since there are some 1 or 2 million of people. besides, people enjoy mostly the bombs and fireworks. for an average german family, new year's eve means except of the special food on that day, going out of the house are throwing some bombs. it's not that much about singing and dancing, nevertheless. It's usual for berliners to go to a club after the show on the brandenburger tor, so make sure that you have booked a place or that the entrance is not restricted to the club you've chosen.

in general, celebrating the new year's eve in berlin would be a different experience.

Re: New Year in Berlin

by christine.j

Tha average family enjoys throwing bombs?? Firework yes, but bombs? I can assure you no bombs will be thrown by any average family, and hopefully not by any terrorists.

Re: New Year in Berlin

by penny_g

I meant those little New Year's Eve bombs, I am not sure how they call it in English but in German, they call it Knaller.

Christine.j, don't worry, the Germans won't start the Third World War on a New Year's Eve or who knows :-)))))))

Re: New Year in Berlin

by christine.j

Penny, I'm familiar with German firework for New Year's Eve, but working with tourists for many years I've heard from many how shocked they were when they realized anybody - well, at least any adult - can buy firework rockets and light them this time of the year. So to a tourist a bomb may just be this - a bomb.
That's why I explained there are no bombs in a firework, at least not the dangerous kind.

Travel Tips for Berlin

New Berlin

by Kova

One of the best brochures would be New Berlin. It's got tips on transportation, restaurants, pubs, clubs, tours and maps. You can get it on www.newberlinmagazin.com or at some Dunkin Donuts, pubs, some hostels, or just go to Brandenburg gate around noon and go to the guys and girls in red tops. They're brilliant and offer free tours as well, but it won't kill you to tip them at the end of a tour.

The new-found Love for the Cult Car Trabi

by Kakapo2

Like with many things of the East, people have only started to deeply love the East’s Volkswagen when they realised that also in the capitalist western system man stands a long time with mouth open before roast duck flies in, as Confucius said, or in the actual terms of the reunification: that D-Mark and Mercedes are not just raining from the sky into every dreamer’s outstretched arms. We speak about the Trabant – short: Trabi. This in all respects unique car – pronounced as if spelled with double-b, and the whole world like “Trubby” in English – has become a prime nostalgia item.

When they were the only private motorised means of transport of former GDR they were appreciated as there was just nothing else. But at least it was robust. And as the people had to wait for those plastic boxes with environment-killing two-stroke lawnmower motors for years and years until they were finally delivered the outdated cars even became a status symbol.

An enterprise named VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau built 3.051.485 Trabis between 7 November 1957 and 30 April 1991.

The Trabi jokes tell a lot about the quality of the cars. Just some…

How do you call an accident that involves three Trabis? – A tupperware party.

Why don’t you have to pay taxes for a Trabi? – When you buckle up it is considered a backpack.

What is a Trabi on a mountain? – A miracle.

Today the Trabi has become a cult car and has quite a lot of fanclubs. In Berlin you can even make a tour called Trabi-Safari. Historians consider the Trabi as the symbol of the rise and fall of the GDR’s centralised economy, driven by ideology, and lack of material. The engineers had to be very inventive to build a car at all. The motor, for example, was so far behind modern development that you could not have filled it up with normal petrol but needed a mixture of gas and oil. -

Websites:

http://www.trabi.de/
http://www.trabi-web.de/index_full.html

And if you understand German, try this one with Trabi jokes:
http://www.einfach-autos.de/autowitze/trabi-witze/

Berlin's coat of arms

by matcrazy1

Before my trip I read many VT pages on Berlin and I found the picture of the sign Pariser Platz (where Branderburg gate is located) with Berlin's coat of arms but the bear was put upside-down. I see they fixed it up :-).

The Berlin's coat of arms consists of a bear with a crown of leaves. It changed a few times in history but a bear was always on Berlin's coat of arms since 1280.
More: follow the link below, please.

The Park at the Old Jewish Cemetery

by nicolaitan

A small park located next to the Jewish Free School on Grosse Hamburger Strasse was closed on our visit as many workmen were installing cobblestone pathways and planting shrubs but was certainly visible through the fence. At this site was the oldest Jewish Cemetery in Berlin, opened in 1672 and closed in 1827. The Gestapo destroyed the cemetery in 1943 and used the open space as a "collection point" for Jews destined for transport east to the camps. Only a few remnants of the gravestones remain, as many were used to line a trench into which corpses were thrown during the persecutions. For 50000 Berlin Jews this space was their last look at Germany before being herded onto the transport trains.
Today the park houses a single intact gravestone set in 1989 at the presumed site of burial of Moses Mendelssohn, a single monument not visible from the street, and in the back a greyish bronze sculpture of twelve desolate figures - slumped over, frightened, and without hope - being led to death. It is strikingly similar in concept to the sculpture at the Dachau Museum and truly touches the heart and soul. And now - paved pathways, plantings, and presumably benches allowing for a few moments of meditation.

Good Live Music

by benjaminwuamett about Ultra Lounge

I found the Ultra Lounge by accident really. I followed a flyer i was handed while walking around the Zoologischer Garten.
The club surprised me. It was really nice. Comfortable chairs candles at every table and the Music was good.
There was a great band doing there own stuff which was a kind of soul/jazz, real touching. The piano player was either a man or a woman and absolutely incredible. Gordon Gatherer and friends i think was the name and they play there all the time. They do some old soul covers, "sitting on the dock of the bay" and what not. And the place wasnt expensive, just real nice. i don't think so.

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Address: Rudower Strasse 80-82, Berlin, 12351, Germany