This part of the city belonged to West Berlin and ends with the Brandenburg Gate. It is dominated by and named after a huge park called "Tiergaten" ("animal park" - there are no animals though - ok, squirrels maybe), which is the largest one of the city. Sights in this area:
- Governmental are (Regierungsviertel) with the Reichstag
- Siegessäule (Column of Victory)
- Bellevue Castle
- Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the world's cultures)
- Tiergarten park
Don't be Surprised by Breakfast
This is more for the average American or British traveler to Berlin gleaned from a number of friends who have visited. At breakfast, after a night of intense activity, they were looking forward to a large breakfast and were surprised by the buffet that was offered at the hostel they were staying at. It consisted of sliced meats and cheeses, bread, hard rolls, mueslix, juices and jams, milk and tea. They were appalled though I thought it was quite generous.
"Where are the scrambled eggs and sausages, the fried potatoes and biscuits?!" they exclaimed outraged, causing heads to turn in mild curiousity.
"In downtown Anytown, USA? I don't know." I replied with a smile.
Most breakfast here consists of rolls or bread, maybe some cheese and sliced tomatoes. Something on the lighter side along with tea. Sure you can go places like a nice Irish Pub, Oscar Wilde's Bar, for example, and have a hearty breakfast of the heavy, greasy variety, but in general for Berliners (lol) its light.
Of all the bridges I saw crossing the Spree, the Oberbaumbrücke was the most impressive. The bridge connects the districts of Friedrichshain in the east of the city to Kreuzberg to the west.
From 1963 to 1989, while the city was divided, Oberbaumbrücke was closed to traffic. It was officially part of East Berlin and used as a pedestrian border crossing for west Berliners.
There are great views of the bridge from the East-Side Gallery to the north or from the banks of the Spree to the south.
Centrally Located and Busy Most Times
(Rewriting this tip...9 Juni 2006!)
Centrally located nearby the Kaiser Wilheim Memorial, between Wittenberg and Zoologischer Garten Bahnhofs, with well-known streets Ku'damm, Tauentzienstraße, Budapester, and Breitscheidplatz / Rankestrasse. It's an excellent meeting place for friends, and draws tourist and visitors from all over the world and Germany as well, like bees to honey. It's more expensive than other places in Berlin, but if you are just visiting, why not?
From Tegel airport to the city centre
The easiest way to get to your hotel from Tegel airport is taking a bus. Buses TXL, X9 and 109 run frequently from the airport to the central parts of the town.
TXL goes to Alexanderplatz in the east, X9 and 109 to the Zoologischer Garten in the west.
A single ticket cost 2,10 € (March 2008), but it's better to buy a 1-day ticket or a Berlin Welcome Card for 48 or 72 hours depending on your stay as you most likely will use public transportation during your visit in Berlin. In the airport there are several ticket machines which are easy to use or you can buy your ticket at the BVG counter.