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is it necessary to purchase this type of ticket in advance? there will be 4 of us travelling from berlin - dresden and the special wkend ticket will only cost 35 euros. do you think it's necessary to buy it online before i arrive in berlin or do most locals just buy their wkend ticket on that day?
It is good enough to buy it on the day. You also get it from vending machines at the station.
No. This ticket is always available. You can buy it on spot from DB ticket machines (railway stations) or from BVG ticket machines (U-Bahn, tram and bus stops). The Happy-Weekend-Ticket covers besides the regional trains also all other local public transport in Berlin. But not in Dresden.
If you go to a counter it will be EUR 37,00 instead of EUR 35,00.
> locals just buy their wkend ticket on that day
There are very few case where buying in advance makes sense. As this ticket comes with no change no refund this is always a bit risky. It makes sense to buy in in advance if you travel from abroad into Germany, i.e. start at places where you cannot buy this ticket and don't want to make a stopover just for buying this ticket. E.g. Luxembourg to Cologne on regional trains would be such a trip, where you could just buy a ticket from Luxembourg to the first station in Germany and use the Happy-Weekend-Ticket from there on.
thanks very much for the explanation. very helpful.
Travel Tips for Berlin
It was great being in Pergamon Museum, seeing all the artefacts from the Ole World, all displayed in this museum by their eras, cultures & periods.
The photo on the left, taken by me is the depiction of King Attalos (241 to 197 BC), the King of Pergamon !
1. Neighborhood office in Berlin-Charlottenburg
2. DIVAN office around the corner
3. Kiez bicycle shop across the street
Kiez is a somewhat emotionally charged word in Berlin dialect that means your neighborhood, your distinctive small part of the city where you feel at home and people know you in the pubs.
This is a word that does not exist in southern Germany, and in northern Germany it means something else, like the red-light district in Hamburg.
My first photo shows the Kiezbüro (neighborhood office) at Seelingstraße 14 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, where volunteers take on projects like organizing neighborhood festivals, promoting intercultural understanding, improving traffic safety or promoting cultural events.
Around the corner at Nehringstraße 26 is another organization called DIVAN which sounds very much the same but even more intercultural. It would be nice if some local resident of this Kiez could fill me in on what the difference is between these two organizations and whether they cooperate or compete with each other.
There is also a Kiez bicycle shop in the same street (third photo).
We non-Berliners should be a bit careful about using the word Kiez, because it doesn't sound right with a non-Berlin accent, and they tend to get suspicious and think we are trying to talk down to them or sell them something.
Memorial to Those Seeking Freedom
My most vivid memory of Berlin was looking at the dates on the crosses on the West side of where the wall had been, in memory of those who had tried to cross into the West. Some of them died just months before the Berlin Wall came down. I guess those people who gave their lives for freedom trying to cross over truly had no hope that their land would ever be free.
Nothing but decks of cards
In the Nikolaiviertel I fond this little shop which sells nothing but decks of cards, from the simple Skat or Poker to Tarot and very specialized decks. It was lots of fun to look around. There was a card game with all sorts of spiders - I wonder who would like to play with that.
Also castles, books, authors, just about anything. I especially liked one which displayed cartoons on each card.
some of the best punk shows are here and i am always amazed at some amazing band bouncing up and down in this space. it can be really intimate, although that also makes things very sweaty and smelly. there are bleachers so if you're short make a beeline for 'em! a tall and sweaty guy always protects me from the smush of the crowd if i go too far up front, but it's one of those places where you'll get kicked in the face. no facking coat or tie
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