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    For kids

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    FOR  KIDS  (RASTHAUS  MOTZEN,  AUTOBAHN  13)

    I didn't see any playing grounds for small kids in Berlin. Do they hide them somewhere?
    Instead I did find one but outside Berlin on my way back to Poland. It was a small playing ground at the first rest area ("rasthaus" in German) along Autobahn (freeway/motorway) 13 (E36, E55) in Motzen.

    Follow the link below for info on Berlin for kids, please.

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    Berliner toiletes

    by croisbeauty Written Mar 23, 2006

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    Well, I guess it is good to know that you wont have any problem for certain meeds when in Berlin, especially if loaded with lots of beers. Those who are not comfortable to use cafe-bars or restaurants, and many of them have awornings like "this is not public toliete", can use this public toiletes which are very clean and in perfect conditions. As I could see it, the city authorities take care of toiletes and they do it very well.

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    Internet Cafes

    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Internet Cafes

    There are several internet-cafes that are centrally located in the city, for example the 'Easy Everything' at Kurfuerstendamm/Meinekestrasse or the 'Website' at Joachimsthaler Strasse.

    Easy Everything:

    Address: Kurfuerstendamm 224, 10719 Berlin

    HOW TO GET THERE
    By train: Bahnhof Zoo
    By U-Bahn: Kurfuerstendamm
    By bus: 109/ 129

    Other internet cafes:

    ALL eins e.V.
    Friedrichshagener Strasse 10, Koepenick

    Alpha InternetCafe
    Dunckerstrasse 72, Prenzlauer Berg

    C Fox Station Spandau
    Seegefelderstrasse 1, Spandau

    C Fox Station Ostbahnhof
    Am Ostbahnhof 9, Friedrichshain

    Hellnet Hellersdorf
    Ernst Bloch Strasse 39, Hellersdorf

    Hellnet Neukoelln
    Karl Marx Strasse 66, Neukoelln

    Internet Terminal
    Kantstrasse 38, Charlottenburg

    Internetwork Berlin
    Gaudystrasse 1, Prenzlauer Berg

    Mystery Island
    Leibnizstrasse 17, Charlottenburg

    Netlounge
    Auguststrasse 89, Mitte

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    Tourist information

    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    If you wanna book a sightseeing tour or just need information on something in Berlin, there are several tourist information offices in Berlin:

    at Europa Center:
    Entrance at Budapester Strasse
    Nov. 1 - March 31:
    Mon-Sat 10 a.m. ? 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    (April 1 - Oct. 31 extended opening hours)

    at Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate):
    South Wing
    Nov. 1 - March 31
    daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    (April 1 - Oct. 31 extended opening hours)

    at the Fernsehturm (TV Tower):
    Alexanderplatz
    Nov. 1 - March 31
    daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    (April 1 - Oct. 31 extended opening hours)

    additional openings in 2006:

    at Kranzler Eck
    Kurfuerstendamm 21 / Passage
    Nov. 1 - March 31:
    daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    (April 1 - Oct. 31 extended opening hours)
    Opening April 2006


    in the Pavilion at Reichstag
    Opening May 2006


    at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
    Opening May 2006

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    Post offices

    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Post offices are typically open from Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm, and on Saturday 8am till 13pm (in general).

    Price:

    The link below will show you the prices to different parts of the world for sending letters or postcards:

    Pricelist

    GLOSSARY:
    by Airmail - per Luftpost
    COD - Nachnahme
    Customs - Zoll
    Delivery Charge - Zustellgeb?hr
    Insurance - Versicherung
    Letter - Brief
    Mail box - Briefkasten
    Money order - Wertbrief
    Parcel post - Paketpost
    Post card - Postkarte
    Post office box - Postfach
    Counter (in PO) - Schalter
    Postal order - Postanweisung
    Proof of mailing - Einlieferungsschein
    Recorded Mail - Einschreiben
    Special delivery (priority paid) - per Eilboten
    Stamp - Briefmarke
    Telegram - Telegram

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    Dark green people of Berlin

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    POLICE  IN  GREEN  UNIFORMS

    I met these two people on my picture next to Jewish synagogue at Frankelufer 10-16 (Kreuzberg). They were watching and guarded the place.

    The Berlin's police (polizei) was dressed like in the whole Germany in dark green uniforms. I was told that they are OK if you are OK :-). So, better behave in Berlin.

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    German flag

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    GERMAN  FLAG  ON  THE  TOP  OF  REICHSTAG

    There were four large flags of Federal Republic of Germany put on the top of four corners of the Reichstag - a seat of the Deutscher Bundestag or German federal government.

    During cold war this black-red-yellow was a flag of West Germany while East Germany added typical for Soviet block logo (click here to see it) in the middle of the flag during the cold war.

    I remember my very amusing trip to Kecskemet, Hungary in late 80'. I met there two young Hungarians who invited us to their house/wooden cottage in the middle of nowhere (puszta) and they had large Hungarian flag hang on a wall with a whole in place of that logo which was surely forbidden that time.

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    Information for visitors

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    INFO  TABLE  BY  BRANDENBURGER  GATE

    There were information tables put on a street in front of some tourist attractions in Berlin.
    This one on my picture was put next to Branderburg Gate and contained old photographs and historical information on the famous Gate. Texts were written in four languages: English, French, German and Russian. These were languages of four sectors of Berlin since World War II ended.

    Walking around various districts of Berlin I found less known but interesting, old buildings with no information for visitors (even in German) put outside.

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    Post boxes

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 1, 2004

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    BERLIN'S  POST  BOX

    There were quite many bright yellow post boxes put on streets of the centre/downtown of Berlin. Each contained two slits with explanations in German:
    1. Postleitzahlen (post code) 10000 - 16999 (Region Berlin/Branderburg) - for letters to that region,
    2. Andere Postleitzahlen - for letters to other regions including abroad.

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    Looking for a post office?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 1, 2004

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    LOGO  OF  GERMAN  POST  ON  THE  RIGHT

    Whenever you are looking for the post office (Postämt) in Germany look for characteristic bright yellow logo of Bundespost (German Post) with black "postal/hunting?-horn", on the right on my picture. And don't forget to look at your watch, there were no non-stop post offices in Berlin, or I didn't find them.

    The logo was put on my small centre/downtown of Berlin map to mark each post office what I found very useful. I got the map free at my hotel

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    Numbers of houses

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 13, 2004

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    BLEIBTREUSTRASSE,  NUMBERS  27-22

    There were odd numners of houses along city streets and even ones on the other side probably in all countries I have already visited.
    In Berlin it worked quite different (at least in districts of former West Berlin): the houses were numbered one by one on the one side and back from its end on the other side. Simple but quite different I used to see.

    Just in case you look for any address:
    The numbers were often shown on the signs below the name of the street like in my picture. And my too large for sightseeng map of Berlin had numbers of some houses marked along streets.

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    Toilets or rather restrooms

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 8, 2004

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    A  LITTLE  COMFORT  AT  MY  HOTEL  :-)

    Berlin is not as high society and upscale city as Paris. So, don't look for funny, toll box-toilets put on the streets :-). I didn't find any in Berlin. Signs of New Europe?

    Maybe Parisian ladies and gentelmen are thin enough to get inside not too roomy toilet, brave enough not to worry whether the automatic doors open and exact enough to have always change by themselves.

    But not Berliners. They have enough cafes, restaurants, bars and metro (U-bahn) stations with toilets which were much more roomy than Parisian toilet-boxes - more like American sterile and free of charge rest-rooms than European "taxed" and not always fragrant of violets toilets. Or maybe I used them in former American sector of Berlin, hmm... Charlottenburg (rather upscale district) sounds more French to me.
    Never mind, "managers" of the toilets were kind enough neither to ask me for any "toilet-fee" or "toilet-tax" nor to ask me to order anything. They just showed me the way although sometimes in hard German. Btw whenever you hear word "zurick" (tzurig) = back you are on wrong way.
    Berliners seems to be thrifty enough not to waste euros when the nature calls, me too :-)

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    Concerts, theatre, opera

    by Mandy23 Updated Aug 31, 2002

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    Concerts, theatre, opera in Berlin? Where are all these concert halls, how to get there etc? Here are some websites:

    http://www.arena-berlin.de/
    Arena Berlin

    http://www.berliner-ensemble.de/
    Berliner Ensemble

    http://www.columbiafritz.de/
    Columbiafritz

    http://www.columbiahalle.de/
    Columbiahalle

    http://www.deutsche-oper-berlin.de/
    Deutsche Oper Berlin

    http://www.friedrichstadtpalast.de/
    Friedrichstadtpalast

    http://www.icc-berlin.de/
    ICC

    http://www.kulturbrauerei.de/
    Kulturbrauerei

    http://www.velomax.de/
    Max-Schmeling-Halle

    http://www.theater-des-westens.de/
    Theater des Westens

    http://www.velomax.de/
    Velodrom

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    Telephone

    by Mandy23 Updated Aug 31, 2002

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    Public phone booths stand on every street corner and require a telephone card, which are sold at post-offices and most press-shops.

    Local and long-distance calls can be made from all post offices using public telephone booths.

    The most important calling codes from Germany are as follows:

    Australia 0061
    Austria 0043
    Belgium 0032
    Brazil 0055
    Canada 001
    CIS 007
    Czech Republic 00420
    Denmark 0045
    Finland 00358
    France 0033
    Great Britain 0044
    Hong Kong 00852
    Hungary 0036
    Israel 00972
    Italy 0039
    Japan 0081
    Korea 0082
    Luxembourg 00352
    Mexico 0052
    Netherlands 0031
    Norway 0047
    Poland 0048
    Russia 007
    South Africa 0027
    Spain 0034
    Sweden 0046
    Switzerland 0041
    South Korea 0082
    USA 001

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