JETpak City Hostel

Pariserstrasse 58, Berlin, 10719, Germany
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three hours in Berlin

by ka5637

Hi all

I will have three hours to spend near Berlin Hauptbahnhof next Thursday.
Can anyone suggest things to do and see in that area in such a short time?
Suggestions of nice and not too expensive restaurants nearby are also welcome.


Re: three hours in Berlin


I'd suggest a ride on bus n° 100 to get a general impression of the city (it is not a touristic bus but a normal one); then a walk from Bradenburger Tor to Alexander Platz.

Re: three hours in Berlin

by stativi

If it's good weather: Just head south to the government quarter, a bit along the river spree and then Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate close to it and Unter den Linden. It's a really nice walk with some of the main tourist attractions in Berlin. It takes about an hour if you don't visit something along the way.

If it's bad weather and you're a bit into museums I stronly suggest to visit the Hamburger Bahnhof (modern art, five minutes walk away) or the Museum of natural science (Naturkundemuseum, ten minutes walk).

Good and cheap restaurants are rare in that area. The nearest ones I can think of are in the eastern part of Reinhardtstraße, a bit more than ten minutes away from Hauptbahnhof. If you are here during midday, Thai Tasty (Luisenstraße 14, open only 11-4) is good and very cheap.

Re: three hours in Berlin

by Turtleshell

Good advice so far. If it's raining or if you don't like to walk, take the bus 100 (as mentioned previously) or 200 from Alexanderplatz to Zoo Station (Zoologischer Garten).

> If it's good weather: Just head south to the government quarter,
> a bit along the river spree and then Reichstag, the
> Brandenburg Gate close to it and Unter den Linden.

Check my profile. There's a tip called "Turtle Walk #: Some Main Sights". Walk no. 3 may be interesting, too.

As for restaurants:
International: Café Orange (see tip)
Japanese: Susuru (see tip)
Vietnamese: Com Viet, 3Münzst., 10178 Berlin
French: Entrecote, 5 Schützenst., 10117 Berlin

Re: three hours in Berlin

by higbyny

Yes, I agree with stativi and suggest that you go to the Reichstag first; try to get in without having to wait too long. Next walk to the nearby Brandenburg Gate; go through walk past the new US Embassy along Unter den Linden mabe as far as Friedrichstrasse or if you take public transportation or a taxi back to the old Opera/ Humboldt University and slightly beyond. Another alternative would be to walk from the Brandenburg Gate past the Holocaust Memorial to Potsdamer Platz. Three hours is litle time; but you could see some of the main sights. have a good trip!


Travel Tips for Berlin

Berlin Mitte

by TinyTuck

( = Center)
Here is where you will find the historic sights from the royal times, classisistic style buildings, excellent shopping and nighlife! This whole part of Berlin belonged to East Germany, and the historical buidings were not cared for during this time and ended up in a pretty bad condition. Restauration work had to been done over the past 13 years, now everything has mainly gotten back into very good shape! Some of the most famous sights include:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Gendarmenmarkt
- Forum Fridericianum
- Berlin Cathedral
- Museum Island
- Alexanderplatz with TV tower

Ice Cafe in New Year Eve of 2005

by bugulma

There was ice cafe near of Brandenburg Gate in New Year Night. Everything from the ice, except drinks I hope :-). The cafe had a form of circle, waiters were inside the circle and people came to the counter and had their drinks. I had champagne.

Stasi Museum

by CardinalBorusa

Tucked away quietly in a little square just off Normannenstrasse (nearest station: Magdalenstrasse) is an unimpressive set of office blocks. It hosts the Research Centre and Memorial Site for East Germany's former Ministry for State Security (MfS), better known as the Stasi.

The MfS was conceived as the "Sword and Shield" of the ruling Socialist Unity Party. It was a secret police, intelligence agency and investigative body rolled into one. Now Building 1 is open to the public.

Rooms have been left in their original condition. Oak panelling and comfortable chairs and sofas from the 1960s and 1970s lend the offices an air of smartness without extravagance. The solid square TV in the drivers' and bodyguards' lounge could have been a stalwart of any taxi driver's office or any takeaway. The telex machines and typewriters in the secretarial offices are basic, partly for security reasons.

Between the ground and first floors is a special exhibition "Surveillance - Repression - Espionage". Before entering the rooms, the visitor passes a row of small jars. At first glance they seem to contain preserved fruits or vegetables, but in fact the contents are cloths. The Stasi would use a sterile cloth to wipe something touched recently by a "suspect", such as a car seat. The cloth captured body odour and was then preserved in a jar, sometimes for up to 20-30 years - often growing stronger over that time. Trained dogs could then track individuals by their odour.

There are examples of surveillance technology, such as a Trabant car door fitted with infrared beams for night photography and miniature cameras hidden in neckties, watering cans and birds' nesting boxes. Other rooms show various gifts and trophies which Stasi members gave to each other and to members of 'sister organisations'.

The Stasi Museum is open 11am-6pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-6pm weekends. Admission €3.50. For those who think recent German history is all about the Nazis, think again. The Stasi were operating less than 20 years ago...


by tvdm

Of course you can buy everything here. For the die-hard shoppers among us, KaDeWe has it all - more or less. And if that's not enough, the entire area is lined with consumer candy! What's not to buy? If you can't buy it here, it'll be hard to find in all of Germany!

the best drum and bass in the city

by miromi about Watergate

Fridays is when you should be here, because that's when the hard edged crew and guests lay on some heavy, heavy drum and bass beats. This is a pretty new club direct on the Spree River with a view to matchunder the Oberbaum Brücke, probably the prettiest bridge in Berlin. This is a younger crowd, lots of good trash chic running around, but no dress code


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