Kleiststrasse. 9-12, Schöneberg, Berlin, 10787, Germany
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Bus in direction of district Reinickendorf
A section of the East Side Gallery
I am flying into Templehof next Saturday. Staying at the Meliá Berlin Hotel on Friedrichstraße. I understand there is a U Bahn Station that will take me to the Friedrichstraße Station (and then a short walk to the hotel) but after a long flight from the USA just wondering whether in my semi conscious state might be much easier to grab a taxi rather than searching for the airport station. Or is it very close and easy to find? It is only a couple miles from the airport to the hotel so how expensive could a taxi be?
11.40 Euro for a taxi
(according to http://www.taxi-in-berlin.de/taxitarif/tarifrechner.php)
In front of Tempelhof's main building is a square with the Air Lift Memorial (Nick-named "hunger fork"). One entrance to the subway station (out of at least two), is situated directly behind the memorial at a crossroads.
That's 400 yards and difficult to miss.
Pick a standard ticket that covers the AB tariff zones for EUR 2.10 and hop on the U6 subway (terminus: "Alt Tegel"). Friedrichstrasse would be the 6th stop.
Thanks very much for both responses. I think I will wait and see how alert I am upon arrival and decide which mode at that point.
> but after a long flight from the USA
Are you sure that you're flying to Tempelhof? There are for sure no direct flights from the US to Tempelhof (THF). Only flights from other Germany airport and - to my knowledge - Brussels and Graz.
Thanks for your concern but yes indeed I am flying into THF. My flight from the USA arrives in BRU and then I transfer for the last portion to THF. Did this routing intentionally since Templehof is scheduled to close soon.
Travel Tips for Berlin
The landmark Brandenburger Gate, Berlin's only surviving city gate, was once the boundary between East and West Berlin. Now, it is a very symbol of reunification.
Unfortunately, when I was there, the whole gate was under reconstruction with a special *dress* hid everything behind. Did not have a chance to see it seriously.
Recycling Containers - the Pfand
I noticed quite a few people around the city checking the public litter bins and fishing out the plastic drinks bottles. This wasn't just the down-and-outs but quite respectably-dressed folk.
Now I know why - Germany introduced a law in 2002 requiring that a deposit be charged on single-use drinks containers (with a couple of exceptions). This law is known as the Einwegpfand and the applicable bottles are stamped Pfand. Retailers are obliged to refund this deposit in cash and at the time of my visit (June 2010) this deposit was 25 Eurocents which of course makes it worthwhile for the collectors.
Useful if you're travelling on a tight budget!
There are so many monuments in...
There are so many monuments in Berlin...all seem to be so grand and monumental! Just had to add one more!
Sorry, this is totally NOT 'off the beaten path' just wanted to have a fuller front page!!
ARKADEN Shopping Mall
You can spent the whole day at that mall. You'll find bookshops, clothes, shoes, electronic . . . at the 3 stories. In the basement are a lot of snack bars and at the ground floor there are very often very interesting exhibitions everything till you creditcard crashs
In my experience, the public transportation in this city is one of the best. Trams, buses, trains and underground all run efficiently and don't charge their customers extortionate fares.
For 6.30E the traveler can buy a Tageskarte - a day card which covers all the zones A. B and C and all forms of transportation and lasts until 3am from when you first validate it in the ticket machine!. You can buy them from Tourist Info offices, or on the bus or at the ticket office or machine. A real bargain!! They are a little cheaper if you only want to cover two zones during your trip.
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Address: Kleiststrasse. 9-12, Schöneberg, Berlin, 10787, Germany