Berlin Travel Guide

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Berlin Highlights

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     Great neighbourhoods, lively nightlife, interesting museums and historical sights 

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     Expensive at... some places, parking a car (but not driving :-) maybe real hell, not clean at few (!) places - disease of all large cities, sudden noise of one bell :-) 

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     Cool and contradictive ... The only one real city in Germany!!! ... The place to be in Germany when you're bored of the rest of Germany!!! ... 

Berlin Things to Do

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  • Reichstag

    Parliament (Reichtag) is one of the most impressive building in Berlin. It was constructed in 1871. In 1933 it is known for a "famous" fire, when probably it was fired by Nazis and made them as one of the most popular party in Germany. After Second World War it was badly damaged, later was not used by purpose, as the parliament was moved to Boon....

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  • Checkpoint Charlie

    Checkpoint Charlie was as the best known place to cross the border from one side of Berlin to another (East - West). It is like a symbol of Cold War now, Berlin wall was constructed in 1961 to prevent migration from East to West, as East Germany lost many of population due to it. Checkpoint Charlie was a place to cross with special permission,...

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  • History - World War II

    Approximately 200 metres away from the Berliner Fernsehturm in Rosenstrasse stands a 3 metre tall rose coloured Litfass column. Most people walking past the column are too busy to stop and read the information but this was the site of a huge protest during the National Socialism era, something which was almost unheard of during this period. Until...

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Berlin Restaurants

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  • German Food

    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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  • Snacks (Döner, Currywurst, etc.)

    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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  • Beers

    After visiting the biggest city park of Europe, called Tiergarten, it was nice to try some different beer. This time my host recommended me to try not the real beer, but the one, mixed with a juice. Honestly I can't remember a type of juice I took. A mug was given together with a straw. It was nice to try something different, but I prefer more...

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Berlin Nightlife

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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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  • Prize-winning Irish Bar

    If you've seen one - you've seen them all probably.Kilkenny Irish pub has a lot of prizes adorning the walls naming it as a national prize winning Irish bar - Guiness association awards, apparently - and it is a fine enough Irish Bar indeed.Guiness of course, Magners (A rare sight around Berlin, and I was thankful for it) too.Big Screen, willing to...

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Berlin Transportation

  • Trams

    In the old Eastern Berlin there are trams, you can take around that part of the city.They are new and really nice.

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  • group ticket

    On my recent trip to Berlin I was with 2 friends. We bought a group ticket for public transportation, it costs 16.2 euro for zone AB which covers all your main attractions. We went to Potsdam for a day and for that you need to buy a ticket for zone ABC which cost us 16.7 euro for a group ticket. The ticket is a 24hr ticket ans is for a group of up...

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  • Buses from Tegel Airport

    I have never travelled in or out of Tegel Airport but as it is due to close sometime in the future I decided to pay a visit and check on public transport from the airport. For any first time visitor to Berlin it may seem daunting to take a bus but it is a lot cheaper than a €30 taxi ride and fairly easy. There are 4 bus routes from the airport and...

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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

    The Internationales Berliner Bierfestival is a blast of a festival held near the Alexanderplatz. I counted 3 separate major stages where bands were playing, and the booths of beer vendors went on for blocks. The beers were from everywhere, with Bavarian and Hessen companies having the strongest showing. But there were also (very good) beers from...

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  • People (Germans, Berliners..)

    Though not unique to Berlin, it does have more than its fair share of allotment gardens with over 800 complexes. You frequently see them along side the railway tracks and on other pieces of land close by. Originally designed, over 100 years ago, as in other countries for the growing of vegetables to supplement diets of the poor. Their use has...

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  • Useful Information

    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,...

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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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  • History - Cold War

    During the period of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie was one of two crossing points for visitors between East and West (the other being Friedrichstraße Station); in fact it was both border crossing and destination in its own right. We went there in 1985, as I imagine all tourists did, to photograph the famous signs ("You are now leaving the...

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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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  • Museums

    There is no particular connection between the Ramones and Berlin, so no apparent reason for there to be a museum dedicated to them here, and no particular reason maybe to visit it, unless you are either a big fan of the band or of quirky museums founded on the passion of an individual. We rather like the latter, and Chris in particular likes the...

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  • Treptower Park

    Treptower Park is an awesome experience just for the russian memorial. what a lot of people miss is the fantastic afternoon that can be had by the river on a Saturday afternoon. As you enter the park from the S-Bahn station, continue straight on and take your first left towards the river (not the first left leading to the tourist cruise boats). You...

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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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  • Marathon

    The Berlin Halfmarathon is a very special sight-seeing tour. We started running near the cathedral, went through the Brandenburger Gate after one or two km and then passed many more of the sights of Berlin. Running through the gate still brought tears in my eyes, thinking about how tightly closed it was 21 years ago, I suppose this means I'm...

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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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  • Useful Information

    The 3-Day-Ticket Museum Pass Berlin is a good buy. For 19 € one has a FREE ADMISSION to 55 museums and exhibitions on three consecutive days. The pass is available at all Berlin Tourist info's or at participating museums. I got mine at the ticket office on the Museumsinsel (between Neues Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie; not the best place because...

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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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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Berlin

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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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