Berlin Travel Guide

  • From the plane
    From the plane
    by gordonilla
  • Berliner Dom - Berlin Cathedral
    by JuliaMac
  • TV Tower - Fernsehturm
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Berlin Things to Do

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  • Reichstag

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    After visiting the tiergarten, we went to the Reichstag. This building houses the German Parliament. It first opened in 1894. Later in 1933 it was severely damaged in a fire. The Riechstag fell into disuse after World War II as the parliament of the German Democratic Republic met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament...

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  • Checkpoint Charlie

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This site receives a lot of negative criticism, but I personally found it interesting to visit although it was very, very crowded. From 1961 to 1989 Checkpoint Charlie was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin. The Soviet side of the wall here, Checkpoint Friedrichstraße, had guard towers, cement barriers and a...

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  • Tiergarten and Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We spent a long, long time wandering the Tiergarten. It is beautiful and interesting and has many sights. It also has a map that is extremely hard to follow. Among the parts we liked were the rose garden, the lake and the statue to Queen Louise of Prussia.

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Berlin Hotels

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Berlin Restaurants

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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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  • Cafe Einstein - formerly Cafe 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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  • The Harp - Irish Pub

    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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  • Hours on the toilet!

    This is by far the best bar where I've ever been in my life. It's very central in Berlin, easy to find. I will not give away too much details because it's too awesome to experience this bar by yourself! Your senses will be amazed. Beware of the DJ; he has a very very sharp tongue and he likes to joke with and about all the customers. He does that...

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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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Berlin Transportation

  • General Public Transport

    I thought the public transport system in Berlin was going to be complicated but its simple compared to London. I found the ticket machine at Schoenefeld Airport and after few goes managed to get the choice of ticket I required. Most visitors only require a ticket for zones A & B but if you want to visit some of the sights out of town such as...

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  • Airports

    Berlin had three airports, but when the new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brand airport is finally completed, it will have just one. Templehof closed as an airport in 2008 leaving the main airport at Tegel and Schonefeld still operating. Schonefeld, situated about 11 miles south-east of the city centre, was East Berlin’s airport when the city was...

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  • From Schönefeld Airport to City Centre

    Most of my visits to Berlin have involved staying in the city centre, and I find using the Regional Express train RE7 or the Regionalbahn RB 14 the best way to get to and from Schonefeld Airport. Both trains travel via Alexanderplatz to the main railway station and beyond. The RB19 also goes to the main railway station but takes a different route...

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Berlin Shopping

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Language

    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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Berlin Warnings and Dangers

  • Public Transport

    I'm a first visitor to Berlin, on a work trip . I've been using subway,trams for local travel. Found it to be very useful. Unfortunately, today at Stadmitte station, as I was entering the train, there were two young men right behind me who actually opened the small sling bag which I was carrying and pulled out my purse, jumped off the train just as...

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  • People

    Germans are very protective about their privacy, and don't take kindly to being photographed by strangers. (Bad history with repressive governments will do that.) In the US, "street shooting" is accepted, and it is assumed that if you are out in public, anyone can take your picture. Not so in Germany. You can take photos of sights, or your friends,...

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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

    Potsdam gained its town charter in 1345, it was chosen in 1660 as the hunting residence of Frederick William I and since then the center of the Prussian state until 1918. Sanssouci is the main attraction but there are several more palais and other attractions. Babelsberg was a major film production studio before the war. S Bahn S7 from Hauptahnhof...

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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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  • Public Art

    Robert Montgomery is one of my favourite artists. His most recent work centers around his poems which are either printed in large type and plastered around on advertising boards (Taking up a whole board) or are light structures. The work based at Templehof is 'Echoes of Voices in High Towers' It is work based on the history of Templehof airport -...

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Berlin Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Berlin General

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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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  • Berlin Wall

    The Berlin that I knew was the splitted city, a few months after the falling of the wall and before the unification. My kids enthusiastically joined the crowds hitting the remaining panels of the wall, without any idea about the meaning of that gesture. Now they do know. It was important to be there then, to see the differences separating both...

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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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