Land Berlin Local Customs

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    by johngayton
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Land Berlin Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    Berlin Local Customs

    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..)

    Berlin Local Customs

    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

    Berlin Local Customs

    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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  • Art and Culture

    Berlin Local Customs

    I turned to be so called „African days“ when I was visiting Berlin in June 2012. The African market and celebration stage took place in Alexander square (Alexanderplatz). It was not only possible to get to know African culture, music, dances, languages, but also to taste some food or to buy souvenirs, that looks African style. Stage was always...

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  • Service Charge and Tipping

    Berlin Local Customs

    Service charges are generally added to restaurant and hotel bills in Berlin, making tipping unnecessary. Some of the smaller cafes and bars are excluded from this custom and it is standard practice to round up the bill to the nearest Deutschmark. Sales or Use Tax: In Germany, a 16% value-added tax (Mehrwertsteuer - MwSt) is already reflected in...

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  • Bears

    Berlin Local Customs

    Berlin’s coat of arms features a black “bear rampant”, that is standing on his hind legs and facing to the left – you will see it everywhere you go. Indeed you will see all sorts of bears, as this has become a sort of unofficial emblem of the city. There are different theories as to why this is, but the most common suggestion is that it relates to...

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  • History

    Berlin Local Customs

    When you think of Berlin, what do you think of? I’m guessing that quite high on many people’s lists will be the Berlin Wall. How odd for a city to be notable for something that is for the most part no longer there! The Wall “fell” officially on 9th November 1989, when a press conference was held at which the government announced that travel...

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  • Language

    Berlin Local Customs

    I highly recommend first time visitors to Germany to visit http://www.languages4everyone.com/ for important stuff on the language. I'v logged on there and the website proves the best language site to me. Auf Wiedersehen.

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  • Sights

    Berlin Local Customs

    Free tour is a tour I can recomend to everyone visiting Berlin, especially for the first time, as me. Big group gathered near Starbucks coffe, near Branderburg gate. The group was shared into smaller groups, depending on language they want to hear at excursion time. Everyone got registration ticket and started excursion. My group‘s guide was...

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  • Multicultural Berlin

    Berlin Local Customs

    Unexpected hitch happens with us in the front of an arch of the Brandenburg Gate - I saw with surprise, that the landscape behind an arch differs from habitual. I shout: "There is one more arch!". We approach close, and I saw the Parisian Triumphal arch! Only there I understand, that the Brandenburg Gate from the western side is veiled by a cloth...

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  • Traffic

    Berlin Local Customs

    Whenever I saw a taxi stand in Berlin there were exclusively white Mercedes taxis waiting for consumers. Coincidence? Law? Or maybe Berlin's taxi drivers love Mercedes cars and believe (like most Germans, add here BMW fans) that they are the best for taxi cars as they are roomy, comfortable, can drive hundreds thousands of kilometers and don't...

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  • Restrooms

    Berlin Local Customs

    At one stage there were dozens of these cast iron Octagonal Cafés in Berlin, but they were for men only and had a bit of a smelly reputation. This one was renovated and opened in June 2003 in Gendarmenmarkt Square. It is now for both sexes with modern facilities though it is compact inside, but unlike other public conveniences in Berlin this one is...

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  • U-Bahn and Transportation

    Berlin Local Customs

    In the end you do need to walk. Cycling is popular you can hire one many do! Take a boat trip lasting one hour or several hours. S-Bahn: U-Bahn; Bus, Tram {Your ticket can be used on all} but not Rail. BVG lost property U-bahn station Kleistpark.

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  • Newspapers and Magazines

    Berlin Local Customs

    Everybody knows that Berlin is the place to be for nightlife, music, art and general good times but what help is that when you don't know your Kreuzberg from your Kartoffel. Locals recommened I should read Berlin listing magazines such as tip and zitty which I'm sure are great- but not if the only German phrase you know is 'Sprechen Sie Englisch?'...

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  • Shopping

    Berlin Local Customs

    I found this graffiti - humorous and colorful drawings on the wall of the building which housed Checkpoint second hand store at Mehringdamm 57 (Kreuzberg). That's why I entered the store. The drawings covered the wall till the second floor and were in real a very interesting and smart advertisement.

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  • Famous Berliners

    Berlin Local Customs

    Klaus Wowereit is the mayor of Berlin. As far as I know he was the first "officially gay" mayor of Germany - and he definitely fits perfectly to Berlin because he is cool! (Well, I don't know many mayors with a fancy Flash Website that is available also in Turkish! ;) He came out as gay with the sentence 'Ich bin schwul - und das ist auch gut so'...

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  • Opening Hours

    Berlin Local Customs

    I just read mccrorj's local custom tip for apotheke's in Berlin. I wanted to add that every pharmacy posts a list of which pharmacy is on call. You can go to your nearest pharmacy, check the list in the window and find out which one in the neighborhood is open. Pharmacies at major train stations in Berlin stay open longer than your average...

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  • Weather

    Berlin Local Customs

    Germany has a moderate climate, the summers are warm but the winters certainly get cold. The warmest months of the year are from May to September. The average temperature in July, for instance, varies from 16C-20C (61F-68F) according to location. In January, the variation is from -1C-6C (21F-34F). There is no precise rainy season.

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  • sausage/hot dog vendors

    you've gotta buy food from them! as i have always heard, the best food in germany is not german. but to the simple sausage on a roll, i have to give credit.

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