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Berliner toiletes

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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croisbeauty
Mar 23, 2006

Numbers of houses

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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matcrazy1
Mar 13, 2004

Toilets or rather restrooms

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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matcrazy1
Mar 08, 2004

Looking for a post office?

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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Apr 01, 2004
 
 
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Information for visitors

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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matcrazy1
Apr 18, 2004

Dark green people of Berlin

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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matcrazy1
Apr 18, 2004

Post boxes

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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matcrazy1
Apr 01, 2004

German flag

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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Apr 18, 2004
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"Berlin"
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"More than the capital of Germany"
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"Berlin, Berlin - wir fahren nach Berlin!"
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"Berlin in my way"
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For kids

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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Apr 04, 2011

Tourist information

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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Feb 25, 2006

Telephone

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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Aug 31, 2002

Post offices

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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Feb 25, 2006

Things to Do Near Berlin

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Berliner Dom - Berlin Cathedral

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Neue Wache - New Guardhouse

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Staatsoper - Opera

This venerable opera house has been the scene of some very lively and innovative productions in recent years, for instance Rinaldo by Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759). This production was not only...
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Humboldt University

This famous university isn’t a visitor attraction in the true sense of the word, but its historic background makes it more than worthy of a review. The main building is situated in Unter den Linden...
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DDR Museum

On our tourist map we saw a marking for the DDR Museum and quickly added it to our itinerary. DDR stands for Deutsche Demokratische Republik, otherwise known as East Germany. The DDR Museum is...
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Museum Island - Alte Nationalgalerie

Actually there are three museums "Galeries" displaying paintings (and sculptures) in Berlin. This one called "Alte" is the oldest for the building built around 1870 on the Museumsinsel but not for the...
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