Pension Absolut

Naugarderstrasse 7, Berlin, 10409, Germany
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Tour boats

by oslocairo

Hi everyone!

Does anyone know whether the tour boats will be running the first week in April?


Re: Tour boats

by Turtleshell

Yes, they will (unless there's going to be another strike ;-) then again I can't recall them being on strike).

Season starts on March 15th.

Re: Tour boats

by Kakapo2

The start of the season depends on the tour operator, most start in March, sometimes not with daily schedules - but from April they operate daily, so you should not have a problem.

Re: Tour boats

by oslocairo

Thanks to all.

That's good to hear. I really wanted to take some photos from the boats. Plus, I'd like to give my dogs (feet) a rest. After a few days of all-day walking, there's nothing like be towed around somehere and touring a town while sitting down and sipping a beer. It can bew nice to have the town go by you for a change.

I guess I'll be at the beginning of the season.

Re: Tour boats

by Turtleshell

> After a few days of all-day walking, there's nothing like be
> towed around somehere and touring a town while sitting down
> and sipping a beer.

The two bus lines 100 and (to a lesser extend) 200 do ring a bell, don't they?
And taking the S-Bahn fom Zoo Station (Zoologischer Garten) to Alexanderplatz isn't that bad either.
Ok, it's a bit more complicated as far as beer is concerned, but people probably won't complain, though it's not permitted to have a beer on the train or bus.

Re: Tour boats

by oslocairo

Those are good ideas too Turtle! Thanks. I'm not much of a drinker so I think I could make it through a bus ride ride without a beer and still enjoy it.

Travel Tips for Berlin

Seat of power

by deeper_blue

Germany's seat of government was built at the end of the 1800's. Renovated in 1994 with the magnificent glass dome added in 1999. Open from 8am to midnight, although last entrance to the dome is 10pm.

Recuerdos rusos / Russian souvenirs

by elpariente

Por las calles de Berlín se ven muchos puestos que venden antiguos recuerdos la DDr y de rusia como pines , matrioskas, gorros...

In thhe streets of Berlin there are many stalls selling souvenirs of the former DDR and Russia as pins, matryoshkas, hats ...

Remembering the Bohemians at Bethlehemskirchplatz

by Kakapo2

This street named Mauerstraße was really interesting, as it did not only lead us to the Museum of Communication which we had not intended to visit but also past Bethlehemskirchplatz.

First you have no idea what this piece of modern art on the little square is all about. But it is much more than just a ball of something indefinite, held together by ropes. Even a ladder, chairs, and pots are attached to this ball-shaped conglomerate of various items. The name of the sculpture is “Houseball” and was created by the artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brüggen. It symbolises with how little belongings once the first Bohemian immigrants arrived in Berlin, and founded their community in this area. They lived in exile there, having had to leave their Catholic homecountry because they were Protestants.

The sculpture is sitting at the site of those Bohemians’ former church named Bethlehemskirche. This church was built by those people from 1735 to 1737 and therefore also known as Bohemian Church.

It had a round floorplan with a diametre of about 15 metres. To all four points of the compass were the arms of the cross, and three had entrances to the church. The eastern end of the cross was shaped like a semi-circle and included the altar and the pulpit above. On the western side was the organ. At a height of 15 metres the dome started, and in total the church was 37.90 metres high. In World War II the church was damaged and cleared away.

At its former site you find the original floorplan marked in the pavement with coloured bricks. In 1999 the square was named Bethlehemkirchplatz after the church that once stood there. The “Houseball” is sitting right next to the floorplan on the pavement.

On this website you see the floormarkings rather well, and also the whole Houseball:

Second Hand Shops

by hundertmorgen about various

Kreuzberg is a paradise when it comes down to junk items, second-hand books, second-hand clothes, hard-ware and soft-ware. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in one of the many shops or at the famous flea market. Practise your bargain skills at the markets and buy some silly and interesting things at shops such as the famous button shop.

Dont forget to vaildate

by Kushelkitten

Normally when I go to Berlin I drive there with friends. This time I took the train from Hamburg to Berlin and stayed in a hotel in Berlin-Köpenick. To get to where my family live in the west of the city I had to take the S-and U-Bahns. They arent quite as nice as Hamburg's but less expensive. A one way for zones A & B was 2,10 euros and in Hamburg the equivalent is 2,60 Euros. There are also "Ganztag" whole day tickets. However whichever kind you choose to buy do not forget to validate your ticket.

I bought mine and the machine doesn't tell you that it must be validated. Afterwards I noticed the ticket says to do so. But where? If you look there is an orange/red box on a pole not far from the ticket machine. It isnt labeled but you put your ticket in there and it time stamps it. This makes it valid for the trip you are taking. Not doing so will result in a fine.

If you never noticed this before you arent alone. I mentioned it to friends when I got back to Hamburg and those who had been to Berlin and used the S- and U-Bahns were surprised to know that they had to validate.


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