Berlin Travel Guide

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  • Reichstag

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A Large impressive building which gives tours up into the impressive glass dome at its peak. Please note: These do however need to be booked in advance. It housed the main parliament in the run up to 1933 (before the 3rd Reich) of the Weimer republic.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The old border between the Soviet and American sector of Berlin. A museum stands to one side of the old sentry gate and there are usually a few actors dressed up as gardens as a re-enactment. You can have your photo taken with them and you can even have the old stamps put into your passport if you wish. evidence of the old regime is still around...

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  • History - World War II

    At first glance the Schwerbelastungskörper (heavy load bearing body) looks like a gasometer. The ground in this area is sandy and this huge concrete cylinder was constructed in 1941, at a cost of 400,000 marks. It weights 12,650 tonnes, it is 21 metres in diameter it extends 18 metres into the ground and is 14 metres tall. It was used as a test bed...

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  • Snacks - Döner - Currywurst - etc

    4 out of 5 stars

    Konnopke’s Imbiss is a Berlin ‘institution’. It opened for business in 1930 serving fast food to night workers. It continued in business after WW2 and the arrival of the GDR. It claims to have invented currywurst by accident in 1960. For those who have never tried it, it consist of a special type of sausage, a spicy tomato ketchup sprinkled with a...

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  • German Food

    4 out of 5 stars

    Not really a restaurant as you can see from the picture! Those guys are selling grilled bratwurst for less than 2 euros so I'd say it's pretty good value. There is only one: bratwurst but you can have it with or without bread.

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  • Café Einstein - formerly Cafè Adler

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cosy and warm, especially in the heart of Winter, the Einstein cafe is a wonderful place to stop and unwind, warm up, and let your palate loose. A massive selection of choice coffee's, served in a most unique and original way, some of the best cheesecake I've ever tasted, and absolutely top-notch service (even though the place was packed), makes me...

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Berlin Nightlife

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  • out of the way

    I had seen a poster from Electro Swing Revolution saying they were having a party there, and as a particular fan of this music i thought this deserves a visit. The place itself is not so easy to find, and is in a slightly dodgy area but never the less once inside you couldn't tell once inside. It tries to be a ball room of sorts, so there is a...

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  • Qi - a palace phantasy

    Berlin's Friedrichstadt Palast is considered Europe's biggest stage for shows and variety. Have never been to stuff like that, so when gfs and me made it there it was my first time ever attending a variety. I thought this Qi-palace phantasy was quite of an impressive performance. So if one likes shows and entertainement like that, guess,...

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  • Home is where the Harp is

    Another nice Irish Pub. Nice about this one is the fact that it looks less touristy, and rather little of drunken folks. Food was good, long wait yet. We had chicken wings and country potatos. Live music was good too, given by Eddie and Marty. Since Berlin's hype kinda moved to Berlin-Mitte, visitors of that Pub can find easier parking spots than...

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Berlin Transportation

  • Berlin-ZOB...

    Big city that it is, Berlin has more than 1 major bus station, however, the 1 most likely to be serving international coaches is ZOB - located in the western sector, Charlottenberg...The national coach operator is Berlinen-Linienbus, who offer services to 350+ destinations in Europe, & operate EURO-LINES-Germany...I travelled with...

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  • The City Tour Card And Other Ticket...

    As a non-driver I travel almost exclusively by public transport (or walk or cycle) and so I appreciate a good city transit system. Berlin's isn't just good, it's the best I've so far come across. The network of local and regional trains, the underground, buses and trams is seamlessly integrated with well-signed interchanges. There are fast and...

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  • Cycling in Berlin

    Photos: Cyclists in BerlinBerlin is not (yet) one of Europe's big cycling strongholds like Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Münster or Freiburg in Breisgau, but they are certainly working on it, investing systematically in new bicycle tracks, parking and signposting.In 2007 bicycles had a 12 % share of traffic in Berlin, and the city's goal is to increase...

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Berlin Shopping

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  • Souvenirs

    Quite a number of street-sellers and shops, situated mostly around Checkpoint Charlie, offers "reliquia - reliquiorum" of what was once DDR (Deutche Demokratische Republik). It is nothing but worthless trash! Do not waste your time and money here. DDR was created for one reason only, to punnish Germans even more, I am really glad it finally...

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  • KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

    Ka-We-De nowadays is known as one of the most expensive shopping centers in Europe. I believe it depends on its rich history. Shops here appeared already in 1907, I believe, building itself is quite old as well. It was wide variety goods shopping center in Germany, presented already even exotic sea fruits, new World fashions, so on. As for me,...

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  • Ku-Damm (Kurfürstendamm)

    They sold young, trendy, up-to-the-minute clothing and accesories for girls in their teens and twens. In opinion of Urszula(matcrazy0) good choice of interesting clothes for young feeling women - simply her recommendation. Woman's clothes. Reasonable prices.

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Berlin Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    kiosks in the street or at stations (Imbiss) sell sausages in various forms. My favourite is the curry wurst. You can get it with or without the skin (mit/ohne lam) and it's cheap and delicious. Of course it's perfect with fries (pommes frites). yum!

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  • Bears

    I found it as a great idea placing so many bear figures all over the town. Bear is a symbol of a town but symbols could be presented in a funny way too and yet far from being profaned. There are many other funny figures all over the town making its gray structure very pitoresque and showing that Berliners got a spirit.

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  • Art and Culture

    I’m not sure where I heard that the main museums in Berlin are open on the first Thursday evening of the month from 6pm till 10pm and admission is free. I tried asking if this was true at the hotel where I was staying but only received blanked looks. So I decided to give it a try and discovered it was true. I went into the Altes and Pergamon...

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Berlin Warnings and Dangers

  • Public Transport

    When I travelled from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport to the city centre by S-Bahn, I was approached by a woman outside the station who tried to get me to buy a used rail ticket. I had heard of this scam before so naturally I declined. I did hang around a while though to see her approach other people either to ask them for their used tickets or to try...

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  • People

    generally berlin is nice cool city especially for youngers.personally i was in the city more that 8 times.that means i liked it very much.the only problem i can see in the german capital is the rudeness of the people.especially those who dont speak german.they never help nobody.and it is the only place i,ve being,who when you come into a shop and...

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  • Pickpockets

    While in Berlin, I encountered this scam a number of times around the main tourist sites, particularly in the Museum Island district and Unter den Linden. A young boy or girl pretending to be deaf will approach you with a petition on a clipboard. They will thrust it at you saying nothing and trying to get you to read it and sign. Don't be tempted...

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Berlin Tourist Traps

  • Wall pieces

    The last version of the Berlin Wall was over 140 Km in circumference, 3.6 metres high and 1.2 metres thick which makes for a total amount of concrete of around 604,800 cubic metres. For a "do-it-youselfer" you can buy ready-to-mix concrete at about 10 Euros per cubic metre these days and so I'd assume that back in 1961 the cost for a major project...

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  • Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

    I visited the tower in the early nineties and enjoyed the experience. As I was passing recently I thought I'd have a ride to the top again. I was shocked to see that for an adult the cost for a two minute ride was now 11 euros. Please don't waste your money there are more enjoyable ways to spend your money in this exciting vibrant city. Don't it's...

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  • Areas of Berlin

    Someone else has already mentioned it, but there are turkish or some eastern european men working the system here. They are close to or near the cathedral, the TV Tower or Unter den Linden. You will see men with 3 little boxes playing a game where they have a little soccer ball and you watch him move it, You know where it goes, because he oddly...

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Berlin What to Pack

  • More clothes despite of summer season

    Actually I was visiting Berlin already in summer, but I needed really not only summer clothes. I used even jacket for a few days. I was happy to have umbrella with me, but finnaly used it only for a few hours. It looks like weather in Berlin really can change quite often. My suggestion is to take some extra clothing, despite it is summer...

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  • Big City Packing

    Pack as you would for any big city. Depending on time of year, slacks, good walking shoes and an umbrella are essential. Long sleeves during the cooler months and short sleeves in the Spring and Summer. Make sure you have plenty of memory for your digital camera

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  • Weather in December

    Common questions in the Berlin Forum are; what is the weather like, what should I wear. I always make a point of using one of the websites available on the internet to check the weather for the duration of my stay. It's common sense. If the forecast is for snow, like my last trip, do not worry. Coming from a country that grinds to a halt after a...

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Berlin Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Berlin

    A park I always try to go to is Schlosspark Buch. It's north of Berlin on the edge of B-zone, if you go by S-Bahn S2. You can enter the park just outside the station and immediatly it's like you are in another world. Big old trees makes almost everything lie in a shadow. Ivy climbs on many trees, small streams and a few ponds with ducks. It's a...

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  • Things to do

    Berlin has the reputation of being a dense metropolis, conspiring an uneasy blend of former Soviet 'syeriy' (grey - "monotony") & western modernism... It came as a personal revelation then, to find what an open, airy, major city it actually is, especially considering, my arrival was in the much maligned, eastern sector... The most pleasant surprise...

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  • History - World War II

    I came out to this area after watching a BBC TV program by Matt Frei about Berlin. I wanted to see the SS Housing that had been talked about in the program. As to be expected there are no signposts but the houses can be found off Quermatenweg. They were built between 1938 and 1940 for SS officers and their families. It was there idea of a...

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Berlin Sports & Outdoors

  • Olympiastadion - Olympic Stadium

    Olympiastadion was specially constructed for the Olympic games in August 1936. It is the venue for the games of the football club Hertha Berlin. You can watch the football games of Germany also. A tour around and inside the stadium costs 7 euro for adults (not reduced). A camera :)

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  • Swimming Pools

    This is a wonderful, relaxing sauna, swimming and spa center atop the Europa Center with a inspiring view of central Berlin. All activities are "mixed" in the Northern European sense of things so you will run into men as well as women completely naked (that is why it is so relaxing since it's no big thing). Here are some tips to enjoy your...

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  • Sports Watching

    Sometimes one is lucky enough to get into places where one actually shouldn't be. Now, I do realise that for most people it's nothing spectacular to sit on a substitute bench in a stadium which belongs to a team in the second German division. But I'm sure there are a few out there who understands me...? No? No one...? Geez. Anyway, it was the day...

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  • Useful Information

    Every foreigner must also try a Bratwurst. Around Potsdammer platz you can find many vendors with grills hanging from their shoulders where you can purchase one. Usually around 1.35 you can't go wrong here when you have a rumbling stomach.

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  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    Berlin is a huge city and to truly explore it takes weeks, but even on a short trip, you can see more than just the central tourist sections by jumping on its extensive mass transit system. We got into Berlin a little later than planned but easily found our hostel and asked the receptionist if there was a Vietnamese restaurant in the city. He said...

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  • Sightseeing Tours/ City walks/ Boat...

    Not my favorite thing...but a general tip: If you are thinking about taking a tour, I would recommend doing it by bus. Normally I enjoy walking tours because I feel you get to experience more; however, consider walking around some more by yourself afterwards. The fact is, Berlin is huge with spread out attractions and if you want to really see most...

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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Berlin

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While Berlin is noted for its art scene and nightlife, it has never been famous for its beaches. While Paris created the "plage urbaine," the term widely used in Berlin is "beach bar," and they've been popping up along the Spree River since 2002. While these are not necessarily city-created urban beaches, we can't discount them as part of the phenomena, especially since there are almost thirty of them in the summer! The first documented "beach bar" was Strandbar Mitte, which is still open today, conveniently located across from Museum Island. Another popular spot is Oststrand, the city's largest urban beach, where visitors can also relax on the deck of an anchored ship along the river bank. Oststrand is located near the former Berlin Wall and the East Side Gallery, so a sight-seeing trip could easily turn into a beach day here. Near the central station and the government district, there is Capital Beach, so all the various sectors of the city have their own beach bar. In general, Berlin's beach bars are open from April to September, with Strandbar Mitte and Oststrand opening as early as 10 am daily.

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