U Inn Berlin Hostel

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Berlin for the lone traveller

by gazstrong

I am thinking of travelling to Berlin for 3 or 4 days in May on my own. I am perfectly content in my own company but was wondering if Berlin is a safe city for a lone travel. I am a male in my 30's and relatively streetwise. Are there any areas that i should avoid and where would be a good central point to stay to visit the main sites on foot?

Thanks in advance

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by Turtleshell

Just take the usual precautionary measures and your're as safe as you can be in a big city.

Areas to avoid are more outside of Berlin, then again, there are no real "no-go-areas" in Berlin. Despite the fact that there can always be a drunk person who wants to bother other people, I certainly wouldn't worry about safety. In Berlin, women at your age and younger walk home alone late at night.

Try to find an accomodation in the Mitte area. Most main sights are then within walking distance. If you want to stay in a hostel, rather than a hotel, try Citystay (http://www.citystay.de/) or The Circus (http://www.circus-berlin.de).

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by abalada

a) Berlin is pretty safe
b) Berlin is a huge and widespread city. While many sights in the district Mitte, the distance still add up. Thus day tickets (EUR 6,10) or offers like the Berlin Welcome Card are a good idea.

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by gazstrong

what do you want to know?

i must warn you that its all fairly uninteresting.

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by margsch

whether you have a hairy chest, lots of money in the Bank and single

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by gazstrong

yes, maybe and no are the answers to that, i hope it helps

anyway Berlin?

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by fritzrl

Oh, enough about Berlin...let's talk about *you*!!


I spent 5 days in Berlin as a lone traveler, oh...about 3 years ago. I stayed in Prenzlauerberg, which was at the time gentrifying rapidly, but which was still a little rough 'n' dusty. I used public transport exclusively, and explored the majority of the major sights, and a few of the less-popular (The Gruenewald, the Tempelhof Airport area). Walked everywhere I didn't ride the S- or U-Bahn. Took in a concert at the Kulturforum, and stuffed myself with good beer and pastries.

I have to say that it was a wonderful week in all respects. At no time did I feel threatened, or even bothered, in any way. Restaurants and pubs greeted and treated me graciously, even as a singleton diner. It probably helped that I speak pretty good German, but I don't think my experiences would have differed much even without the language knowledge.

As was noted: behave in Berlin as you would in any major city in the world. Keep a watchful eye, and exercise reasonable caution -- but there's nothing special to fear in Berlin, or to worry about excessively. You'll have a great time.

Re: Berlin for the lone traveller

by Hebamme

Hi there,

Yes its very safe even using public transport in the middle of the night is safe.
If you go to tourist places you will be fine. There are also plenty of taxies around if needed. I know for sure because I am from Berlin. If you have any questions just ask maybe I can give you more information.

Travel Tips for Berlin

The atomic clock

by Laura_Mexico

This so called "atomic clock" in Alexanderplatz is pretty cute.... The metal sections - upper and lower - are divided into the different hour fuses and list the major world capitals that fall into each one of those fuses.... so you can know what time it is in all of those places at the same time.

For example, I took this picture at about 1 PM, so Berlin was on the rightmost hour fuse showing in the picture (where the stripe in the middle is colored in orange-reddish).... it was 6 AM in Mexico, so it was on the leftmost side of the picture, within the section where the middle stripe (which contains the big numbers indicating the time) was colored in yellow. This is the section of the clock that spins slowly as the time passes by....

It was pretty fun to see this original way to indicate what the time was everywhere in the planet! As you may see, there are a bunch of people standing under the clock... it wasn't a VT meeting, they were there cause it was raining! I got wet while taking this picture.... but it was worth it, as I had never seen something like this clock! Pretty basic but ingenious!

Berliner Bears

by yooperprof

Bears are quite common in the Berlin region - the statuary kind.

A "Bear Rampant" (that means standing up) features very prominently on the official seal of the City of Berlin.

BUT, contrary to popular belief, the origins of the city name "Berlin" have nothing to do with Bears. "Berlin" seems to derive from an older Slavic word, "Brl", which means "marsh" or "very damp place". There you have it.

The new synagogue

by maryamy

The original site of a much larger synagogue that was destroyed in the Kristallennacht or the night of broken glass (please excuse my German). It has been rebuilt using the original material where possible.
This synagogue was once the symbol of Berlin's tolerance and then turned to the complete opposite.
Today, in fear of the next wave of feelings it is protected by soldiers and anti-tank blocks.
This is the plaque from it.

hot new fashion street in east berlin

by miromi about wühlisstraße in friedrichshain

shops like bigbrobot http://www.bigbrobot.com/ and prachtmädchen, as well as suburbia make wühlisstraße the best place to buy independently made fashion in east berlin. labels like ichi (sweden) and hasipop (berlin) or sabotage (heidelberg, germany)

Schoenefeld Airport

by darkjedi

I flew here from Luton Airport with Easyjet. When you leave the terminal there is a long covered walkway to the left and this leads to the train station, its about 300m. Go down the ramp or steps and buy a ticket from the machines there. 30 minutes later you will be in the center of Berlin.

Its quite a large airport with four small terminals. Easyjet operates out of Terminal 2 only but its only a one minute walk from Terminal 1. There are shops and all the usual airport accessories. My only complaint is there are nowhere near enough seats for people to wait before departure or at the departure gate, but isn't that the same everywhere. When we returned our departure time came and went but still not a peep from anyone at the airport... Now if I ran it.....lol


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