Useful Information, Berlin
Berlin has so many post offices it wouldn't make sense to list them all. There are several at every quarter. Some small post offices are part of a stationery shop. They usually open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There are two branch offices that are also open in the evenings or on Sundays.
- Postamt Charlottenburg;
Joachimstaler Str. 7;
(Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
- Postamt Mitte;
(Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday from 8. a.m. to 10 p.m.)
You can look up the post office addresses for Berlin and Germany at the site of the "Deutsche Post" (German Postal Service):
(Click at "Filialsuche" and enter the town and the street or the zipcode of the area, near which you are looking for a post office. You will get the addresses of the nearest post offices.)
In every quarter of Berlin there are always a few pharmacies, that offer an emergency service at night and on holidays. The pharmacies take turns every night according to the plan for the "Berliner Apothekennotdienst".
Usually it's not the pharmacy store that opens as a whole, but the pharmacist will come to the door upon call. You have to ring a bell at the pharmacy's main entrance. Then the pharmacist will open a small window in or next to the door and ask you for your wishes.
You can look up the plan and addresses at the following site (in German):
If you have no internet-access and you want to make sure that you have the plan always at hand, you can ask at any pharmacy for a printed brochure ("Apothekennotdienstplan", monthly) beforehand.
There is so much history in Berlin that you are transformed from the 21st Century to the time of the Cold War, Adolf Hilter and before!
Look out for the narrow cobblestones shown in the photo below of the 'Berliner Mauer'. This marks the path of the Berlin Wall.
Fondest memory: I ran the 10Km stretch of the 25Km Run Berlin on Sunday, May 6, 2007.
Favorite thing: Visiting Berlin in November is more relaxing than in summertime. This specially holds for those who intend to visit the 'Reichstagsgebaeude' from the top of which one has a breathtaking view over the city and the ongoing building activities. I combined my tour with Christmas shopping, superfluous to mention that I spent most of my time in the KaDeWe department store at Tauentzienstrasse, a few minutes from Kurfürstendamm and the train station 'Zoologischer Garten' (Bahnhof Zoo), which is the heart of the center. There is no better place in the world which offers highest quality of everything you look for. An experience might be the deli department. Here you find the best choloate of all over the world, the best food, the best cheese, the best fruit, etc., etc. You will feel like in Cockaigne (provided you bring along your credit card).
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