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Topic: One Day In Berlin
Username: F.pier
Posted 2007-04-01 17:42:33 and read 7995 times.

On May the 15th (tuesday) I'll be for the whole day in Berlin. I've never been there but I'm very fascinated by that city, its history, the wall, etc.
What do you suggest me to visit? Consider that I have no problems to walk for the whole day.
I'm goint to arrive and depart from/to Tegel.

Thank you

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Nighthawk
Posted 2007-04-01 17:51:12 and read 7987 times.

myself and myt332 spent a night in berlin in january, here is a report i posted on my blog of the first day:

http://www.gavincoates.com/blog/

I would suggest you visit the same places we did...

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2007-04-01 21:19:50 and read 7958 times.

Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
I'm goint to arrive and depart from/to Tegel.

Buy a day-pass ("Tagesticket" or "Tageskarte") for the two inner tariff zones A+B (€ 5.80 if memory serves). Remember to validate the ticket. It's then valid for the entire day.

Take the bus 109 to "Kurfürstendamm".
Go down Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraße. Visit KaDeWe if you like.

Directly at KaDeWe is a subway station. Hop on the subway U2 (the red line, direction: "Pankow") and exit at "Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park". From there, you can walk to Potsdamer Olatz (it's actually easier then to exit directly at "Potsdamer Platz" station).

Have an ice cream at Caffé e Gelato, Potsdamer Platz, Arkaden shopping mall, upstairs. You won't believe how good Italian ice cream can be. Big grin
If you want a coffee instead, try Balzac, directly at Potsdamer Platz.
In front of Potsdamer Platz, there's a slice of the former wall, and somewhat hidden there even is a former watchtower (can be seen from Café Balzac).

With Potsdamer Platz at your back, turn left and go down Ebertstrasse. On the right hand side, first comes the Shoa memorial, then Brandenburger Tor, then Reichstag building. If the queue allows, walk up to the cupola of Reichstag building.

Back at Brandenburger Tor, go down Unter den Linden. Turn right into Friedrichstrasse. Maybe visit Galeries Lafayette and Quartier 207 before turning left to see Gendarmenmarkt.

Then back to Unter den Linden, but don't miss Bebelplatz. This is, were one of the Nazi book burnings took place.
Continue to walk down Unter den Linden. On the right is Palast der Republik - or what's left of it.

Cross Museum Island / Museumsinsel, an UNESCO World Heritage and head to Oranienburgerstrasse. Visit at least two courtyards, Hackesche Höfe and Heckmannhöfe. You can see Neue Synagoge / New Synagogue at Oranienburgerstrasse, too.

Now you need an S-Bahn or U-Bahn station. Try to get back on the U2 (to "Pankow" again), exit at "Eberswalder Strasse". Within walking distance are: Kulturbrauerei, Husemannstrasse (where Honnecker said the socialist system was superiour to capitalism - months before the wall came down), Kollwitzplatz, Helmholtzplatz, and Kastanienallee. My favourite borough of Berlin, hence I'm living there. You should at least see Kollwitzplatz and Kulturbrauerei. If you want to walk down a couple of hundred yards on the former "death strip", go down Kastanienallee, turn right into Oderbergerstrasse to find "Mauerpark. There's still the "Hinterlandmauer" / "backland wall" behind the stadium, and you're walking on the former "death strip".
In order to not go back the same way, turn right into Gleimstrasse. There's a subway station.

Take the U2 back to Alexanderplatz and catch bus TXL to drive all the way back to Tegel.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Nosedive
Posted 2007-04-02 01:12:55 and read 7926 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 2):
Caffé e Gelato,

Oh god yes.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 2):
Balzac

Skip it.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 2):
"death strip".

So that's what that is. Kinda wondered about that. Thanks! Great place to waste an afternoon, as well.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 2):
Take the U2 back to Alexanderplatz and catch bus TXL to drive all the way back to Tegel.

Take the U2 up to Schonhauseralle, get on the Ringbahn (S42) back to Beusselstr. Then take the TXL to TXL. Better yet, take the M10 tram from the "death strip" towards Nordbahnhof, see the Mauermuseum at Nordbahnhof. Then take the S1/S2/S25 line north a few stops to Gesundbrunnen, transfer to the S42 then go to Beusselstr.

Checkpoint Charlie is at Kochstr and Friedrichstr, IIRC.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 2):
Museumsinsel

See the Pergamon.

I'd suggest you'd start your tour at the Olympic Stadium. Take the S42 to the S75 at Westkreutz and take the S75 (direction Spandau) until the Olympic Staduim stop. Then take the S75 (Direction Wartenburg) to Zoologischer Garten and pick up from NoUFO's tour. Make sure to get a döner somewhere in the city. I recommend the döner place on the corner of Danziger Str. and Schonhauseralle (U-bahn stop Eberswalderstr...and its on the way to the Kulturbraueri)

Ubahn Map

it's a little dated, as the S7, S75 (left right lavender line) is complete now, but it'll give you an idea of how to get places.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2007-04-02 13:04:06 and read 7897 times.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 3):
Caffé e Gelato,

Oh god yes.

Caffé e Gelato fan #3 here on the boards.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 3):
Balzac

Skip it.

While Balzac may not be as good as Einstein, they serve the best coffee around Potsdamer Platz.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 3):
Take the U2 up to Schonhauseralle, get on the Ringbahn (S42) back to Beusselstr. Then take the TXL to TXL.

How could I forget? This is how I usually get to TXL.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 3):
Make sure to get a döner somewhere in the city.

I have stopped eating that stuff years ago.
If you just want a snack, I can recommend Piccola Italia, Oranienburger Str. 6 to have a Pizza to go. Or, if you fancy some French/Belgian fries, go to Fettnapf, Rykestrasse 49 in Prenzlauer Berg. There you can have fries with a wild boar stick and truffles sauce. Not what the average construction worker expects ...
Then there is Bagels & Bialy's (IIRC) at Rosenthaler Strasse, opposite (diagonally) of Hackeschen Höfe. Very nice, but the coffee sucks.

But my personal discovery of 2007 is Susuru, a Japanese noodle bar in Mitte, Rosa Luxemburg Str. 17. At first, I really didn't expect much. The interiour sucks (noodles possibly) and the restaurant was empty like heaven before Noah's flood.
I was there again on Saturday evening and dragged a friend along who was a bit reluctant, but she said it was very well worth it. She even asked for the receipe for the black sesame pudding.

Starter:
Rock Shrimps: €4.50
Main dish:
Pick any soup: €6.50 or €7.00
Dessert:
Black Sesame Pudding (yes!): €3.00
Wine 0.2l: €5.00
Double Espresso: €1.90

That sums up to little above 20 Euro for a very good three-course menue including wine and coffee.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Nosedive
Posted 2007-04-02 13:30:32 and read 7893 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
While Balzac may not be as good as Einstein, they serve the best coffee around Potsdamer Platz.

That's like saying dark chocolate is the best chocolate b/c its competition is crap  Wink. I'd duck into a cafe around Prenzlauer Berg. A few places around Oderbergerstr I like, and a damn good Thai resteraunt. mmmm thai soup with lamb.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
I have stopped eating that stuff years ago.

That's it, gimme your Ausweis. I've proven to be more Berliner than you  Silly Actually, I haven't had one in a few months, myself.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
Caffé e Gelato fan #3 here on the boards.

I make a motion for a German-American a.net meet where the locals treat the extended tourist to a gelato  Wink

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
Oranienburger Str. 6

Gelato and this place. Sir, you need to keep telling us about your fav places in this thread b/c they're also mine, and I cannot rememeber where they are!

Also, from S-bhf Hackesher Markt, I'd recommend you take either the M1 or the M12 up to Ebeswalderstr.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2007-04-02 15:32:38 and read 7878 times.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 5):
That's like saying dark chocolate is the best chocolate b/c its competition is crap

Why? Dark chocolate is the best chocolate.  Confused
Dark orange chocolate .... mmhhm

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 5):
Sir, you need to keep telling us about your fav places in this thread b/c they're also mine, and I cannot rememeber where they are!

Then try some posh fries at Fettnapf, visit the Susuru (Rock Shrimps and Schwarzer Sesam Pudding are a must!). Sir, yes Sir!
Café Orange, in between New Synagogue and Heckmann Höfe is nice, too. Try the baked chicken breast with sage, Parma ham and Mozarella cheese. It comes with au gratin potatoes and a small salad. Very yummy.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 5):
That's it, gimme your Ausweis. I've proven to be more Berliner than you

God, when I moved here in 1995, that really was a drag. "WHAT!? You want to spend more than DM 4.00 for lunch? Why not just have a Döner or Bratwurst? Are you feeling so special that a Döner is not good enough for you? You are, aren't you? WHAT?! Have you really ordered a wine? This is Berlin, we drink beer here."
And this idiot was dead serious. I just told him to shut up.

On another day: "Hi, I'm new here. Know any good restaurant around here?" She: "Sure, the Imbiss around the corner serves nice Schwarama." Her pal: "Ohhhh yessss Schwarama ... tasty. Much better than Döner".
Me: "Ahem ... I was more thinking along the line of a real restaurant." She: "Yes, why ...?"

Good riddance to those times. Now Berlin has quite a number of nice restaurants, many of them very affordable and Berliners have learned to enjoy life accordingy.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Pelican
Posted 2007-04-02 19:39:44 and read 7861 times.

This thread is fantastic. I got some really got ideas what I'd have to try...
Do you have some other recommendations where you can eat some tasty non standard stuff?  snaggletooth 

pelican

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Nosedive
Posted 2007-04-02 20:55:26 and read 7855 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 6):
Why? Dark chocolate is the best chocolate.

Never did like the stuff.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 6):
"Hi, I'm new here. Know any good restaurant around here?"

You know, I love this about Germany. You can walk up to a complete stranger and ask for a recommendation or directions. German girls kinda like the fact an American knows a little German  Silly
I just hate it when you jerks revert right into to English when I fumble a question!

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 6):
many of them very affordable and Berliners have learned to enjoy life accordingy.

Now that the cafés are open, I love this city. But before then, the gray skies, close quarters (talking to an American here, not a Parisian) and graffiti made me pine for Denver. In fact, I'll change my flag to Germany, ya'll better welcome me.

Also look into Trattoria Paparazzi (Husemannstr 35, M10 Husemannstr, U2 Eberswalderstr) if you want some good Italian. F.pier, not sure if you'd wanna compare the dishes at Trattoria Paparazzi with the ones back home, but just tossin' it out there.

...sounds like we Berliners (hey, if JFK can be one, I can be one, too) need a food-eating contest someday soon.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2007-04-03 00:32:22 and read 7835 times.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 8):
Now that the cafés are open, I love this city.

Coffeehouses are always open. Only now you can start sitting outside.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 8):
But before then, the gray skies, close quarters (talking to an American here, not a Parisian) and graffiti made me pine for Denver.

As for the grey skies and graffiti, I agree. I loath graffiti. But what do you mean by 'close quarters'?

Quoting Pelican (Reply 7):
Do you have some other recommendations where you can eat some tasty non standard stuff?

Oh well, the Lang Nuong, Pfalzburger Straße 20 is a Vietnamese restaurant in Charlottenburg which is fantastic times three. http://www.langnuong.de

And Remake (Große Hamburger Strasse 32) in Mitte has achieved 13 (out of 20) points in the new issue of Gault Millau. Hence it's not exactly cheap, but before you follow the sheep herds to the formerly great Borchard ... Remake is a gourmet restaurant which is still reasonably priced and you don't necessarily need tight trousers and a tie.
http://www.restaurant-remake.de/

Nola's am Weinberg was a discovery I made years ago when I actually got lost at Prenzlauer Berg. It's a Swiss restaurant and now very "hip". Even Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had dinner there. Prices are slightly above average.
http://www.nola.de/

Need a quitting time beer (what's English for "Feierabendbier" for crying out loud?)?
In summer: Strandbar Mitte at Monbijupark, vis a vis to Bode Museum. It's the original strandbar. The one opposite of main station is only a posh copy. Beer is crap, but it's a nice spot nonetheless.
http://www.oststrand.de/strandbar/

Then there's Deponie in Georgenstrasse, not far from Friedrichstrasse Station and the former wall. Before Deponie was turned into a cosy pub for the locals, Russian tanks were stored here. Hence the name. Sometimes there's live music with musicians and audience trying to ignore the trains rumbling over their heads.

Then of course Prenzlauer Berg. There are nice bars and pubs at almost every corner. Wohnzimmer (living room) at Helmholtzplatz (Lettestrasse) is especially cosy. As the name suggests, it's indeed a former living room.
There's another good one in Friedrichshain on a ship but its name escapes me right now.

Coffeehouses are generally my favourite place to be. It's a little like watching a movie with other people's lifes passing by in front of you.
There's one with a very flowery interior, very female so to speak, but I like it and be it to meet a woman. I posted a picture of it in this thread: Why Do You Live Where You Live? (by IFEMaster Mar 31 2007 in Non Aviation)
Knaackstrasse between Kollwitzplatz and Rykestrasse.

Then there are again Wohnzimmer and Café Orange which I mentioned previously and the former Kaffeehaus now called Sowohl als Auch, Sredzkistrasse/Kollwitzstrasse, Prenzlauer Berg.

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Pelican
Posted 2007-04-03 10:42:12 and read 7822 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 9):

Thanks very much for your post. I've to admit I'm very ignorant towards places for eating out - probably because I'm more a pub visitor. But for going out with a woman it's definately not a disadvantage to know some nice place to eat.  Wink

pelican

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Nosedive
Posted 2007-04-03 20:16:15 and read 7795 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 9):
Coffeehouses are always open. Only now you can start sitting outside.

Sitting outside. That's what I meant. Sorry for the confusion.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 9):
But what do you mean by 'close quarters'?

I mean, it's not open like the American suburb I grew up in  Wink But Berlin is not as "cozy" as some other European cities.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 9):
Feierabendbier

We don't really have a word. My civil language doesn't play the "putitallintooneword" game as much as the archaic Germans. "Grab a drink after work." "Unwind with a beer."

Quoting Pelican (Reply 10):
I'm more a pub visitor

Deine Empfehlungen? Secrets don't make friends  Silly

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: Pelican
Posted 2007-04-04 10:21:58 and read 7774 times.

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 11):

Deine Empfehlungen? Secrets don't make friends

Well I could recommend you some in Potsdam like the "Hohle Birne" or if you want it cheap the student pub... But for Berlin I can't recommend any. When I'm on a pub crawl in Berlin I prefer Prenzlberg or Friedrichshain and there are enough pubs to try a new one every time I'm there.

pelican

Topic: RE: One Day In Berlin
Username: F.pier
Posted 2007-04-04 18:19:39 and read 7751 times.

Thank you very much for your relies. I think I'll print them.

PS At home I don't eat so good.....


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