Ostel - GDR The Hostel

Wriezener Karree 5, Berlin, 10243, Germany
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Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by piano_007

I am going to Berlin 19-23 March. Don't know what card to choose : Berlin Welcome Card or Berlin City Tour card. Difference is only 50 eurocent. I want to see: Reichstag-Gemäldemuseum-Charlottenburg-Potsdamer platz(Panorama)-Mauermuseum-Berliner Dom-café Kranzler-Rathaus Schöneberg-Terror topografie, and other (free)places like Brandenburger Tor-Kurfurstendam-Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz...Which card would be the most interresting? Can I buy a 5 day card at the automatic machines at the airport(am arriving at Schöneberg)? I am told a 72 hour card is the maximum you can get from the machines at the airport.
I am staying at the: Holiday inn express Berlin City Centre West, Kurfurstenstrasse 78. When I arrive I will take bus 100 from Zoologischer Garten. Should I get off at bus stop Bayreuther strasse or Schillstrasse?
Can anyone help me please?

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by abalada

As long the counter is open buy it there.
If you buy from a ticket machines you'll get only the ticket itself. For the booklet with vouchers you would have still get to a counter (BVG counter, S-Bahn Berlin counter, Berlin InfoStore) later to receive it.

> Should I get off at bus stop Bayreuther strasse or Schillstrasse?
Bayreuther Strasse

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by piano_007

thanks for the answer but:
I will arrive at 7.15 pm ,so at the time I'll get my suitcase everything will be closed.
I still dont know which card I should choose, and can I take a 5 days ticket at the machine, or is 72 hours the maximum.

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by Kakapo2

You can purchase either of them, also the discounts are nearly identical.

Reichstag - entry free
Gemäldemuseum --- Do you mean Gemäldegalerie? 50% each
Charlottenburg --- free, or do you mean the castle?
Potsdamer platz (Panorama) ----- free
Mauermuseum --- 25% Welcome Card, 20% City Tour card
Berliner Dom --- included in both, 40% each
café Kranzler --- 25% both
Rathaus Schöneberg - just walk in, I would say
Terror topografie --- free

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by Kakapo2

The counter at Flughafen Schönefeld is open until 9.30pm.

http://www.bvg.de/index.php/de/Bvg/Detail/folder/213/id/2143/nb/1/name/Leistungen+am+Schalter

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by abalada

> is open until 9.30pm.
True for the counter in Terminal D. The counter at arrival even till 10.30pm (22:30).

The counter at Tegel Airport till 10pm.

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by stativi

Berlin Welcome card is better, there are also some discounts in some restaurants.

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by piano_007

thank you very much, this was very helpfull

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by piano_007

Yes,sorry, I ment the Gemäldegalerie and Schloss Charlottenburg. But I just discovered the flyers of both cards online. Thank you anyway !

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by piano_007

9.30 pm will be ok, I arrive at 7.15 pm. thanks !

Re: Welcome Card or City Tour card, ? buy at the airport? - and what Bus stop to take for the hotel?

by piano_007

Fine! as both cards almost offer the same discounts on the things I want to see,
but one of them also offers discount on meals-What am I waiting for? Thank you !

Travel Tips for Berlin

Service (or lack thereof?) in Europe

by Turtleshell

Especially when you are American, you may witness what you might consider a lack of service you are used to in the U.S.A. when traveling to Europe.

Yes, most of what follows goes for Europe in general, not necessarily Berlin or Germany in particular.

Say, you are in a restaurant: A good waiter will not come every 5 minutes and ask if you have any complaints or if you wish to place another order. Maybe he or she will come once and ask if everything's ok, but even that happens seldomly. The reason behind this ostensibly rude or ignorant behavior is that it would be considered intrusive. A good waiter will return empty plates (not glasses!) from your table and other than that come when you make eye-contact.

Another thing may come as unpleasant surprise: You'll find every drink on your bill. When you order a coffee and want another one, the waiter will not refill your cup, but bring a new one and take the first back to the kitchen. In any way, you'll find two coffees on your bill. Drinks are what a restaurant makes money with; the meals they serve bring comparatively little revenue. The good thing is that meals, by comparision and a ridiculous Dollar-Euro exchange rate not withstanding, are a couple of bucks cheaper than they are in in the U.S., at least when you take into account that a 10% tip is not minimum but absolutely o.k.

In Germany, plastic money is not as widely accepted as you may think. Department stores, fuel stations and supermarkets, not to mention hotels generally do accept both - debit and credit cards. Smaller shops and very affordable restaurants, like those frequented by students, probably won't accept any card. Issuers of credit cards charge shops with approximately 5% of each sales volume, plus a flat transaction fee plus a monthly or annual rate for the card reader. Many shop owners refuse to distribute those exenses to each customer. (Continues below) Speaking of supermarkets: Shopping for groceries in a supermarket means self-service! Sure, you can ask for help if you don't find something you need, but don't expect employees to approach you and ask if they can be of any service. That would, again, be considered intrusive. I for one hate if, when others comment on what I put into my shopping cart (not that any item would be embarassing), and likewise I don't think it's anyone's business to know which toothpaste I use or which table water I think is safe to drink. Other people seem to feel the same, hence it's only logical that you won't see a smiling student eager to put your groceries in a bag or in your car.
Yes, some chains have tried it, but to no avail, and yes a typical "super"market is about one-fourth or fifth the size of an American. The range of products to choose from is, however, similar, since there are usually a number of different supermarkets to choose from. I live within walking distance (~10 minutes) of 5 supermarkets plus 2 additional supermarkets that exclusively sell organic food not to mention some greengrocers and a farmers market.

Back to bags: Plastic bags almost always come free when you shop in a small retailer, such as a perfumery or wine store but never in a supermarket - at least not in Germany. If it has to be a supermarket (you may notice I like smaller shops and farmers markets better), bring a daypack, trolley or spend a couple of Euro Cents on a bag. The idea behind it is that plastic bags are not environmentally friendly. Even in a smaller shop you may be asked you if you need a bag for your purchase.

Graffiti Capital of the World

by alancollins

It would seem that Berlin is still the Graffiti Capital of the world. I thought it might have improved after 4 years but it’s still as bad as ever. The main target being the public transport system and anywhere with a flat wall that can be viewed by the passing public. Though street art, when organised, can be attractive but this can only be described as wanton vandalism and mostly rubbish. Scratching initials into the glass of a train window can not be described as art. I understand that there are various programs to remove the graffiti as it appears, but it appears to be a losing battle and the cost of the clean up and replacement of damaged parts must run into 100’s of millions of euros that could have been better spent on something else.

Museum for Pre- and Early History

by bijo69

It's not really off the beaten path as the museum is right next to Charlottenburg castle, but I guess it's not well know.

It's a great place to go if you want to learn more about our ancestors.

A day ticket is 6 Euro and that is valid for a lot of Berliner Museums. Entrance is free on Thursdays from 1pm-5pm.

If you like department stores...

by jglsongs about KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

Kaufhaus des Westens (or KaDeWe - pronounced 'kah-day-vay') is the largest department store on the European continent. If Harrod's isn't larger, then KaDeWe is the largest on earth. Just head right upstairs to the food hall and forget everything else!

Toe Tapping with the Toetappers

by JourneyOf1 about The Shannon

If you like Irish pubs, and I mean REAL Irish pubs, you might want to try the Shannon. Wall to wall full of Irish ex-pats singing traditional Irish tunes along with the band, playing pool in the back room, having as much Killian's or Guiness you can stomach. Its quite a crush when they have a band playing live for the front room is small, and usually standing room only. So if you've come to see a certain group, make sure you get there early and grab a table if you want to sit.

I first went with friends on night in December 2003 to see the Toetappers, a two man band from Dublin. They were surprised I knew so many Irish ballads (I've always loved them and began listening to a radio program "The Thistle & Shamrock back in the 80's on public radio!) but happily played requests and dedicated one to the German American lass in Berlin by way of Alabama. My friends and I also bought their CD, a terrific compilation of their ear-catching tunes.

Terrific atmosphere at this place! A must-stop if you were rounding the Irish pubs in Berlin! None

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Address: Wriezener Karree 5, Berlin, 10243, Germany