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Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?  
User currently offlineps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

Hello(!),

Thought I'd try to ask this question for any German A.Netters or any A.Netters who've spent time in Berlin. I have a day trip to Berlin booked for this Wednesday. I know a day is a really short time to try to see Berlin but I do have from about 9am until 9pm so hopefully I'll be able to see a bit. I'm flying with Ryanair to Schonefeld? airport which I know also is quite far away but we'll see how it goes. Have been looking at guidebooks and from the books there just looks like there's so much to see in Berlin and I don't know what area to start if I want to see it. My preference in cities is normally to visit nice pedestrianised shopping districts with lots of shops and cafes etc. but does Berlin have one of these (or two if there's from East and West Berlin). Can I get the metro to such a district? Is there a main shopping street or beautiful expensive area?

Any info very welcome.

Many thanks,

Pierre

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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

I'd recommend a walking tour- I only had 2 days when I was in Berlin, so I was equally pressed for time. I did one and really felt like I got a good overview of the whole city. The Checkpoint Charlie museum was also really good. Enjoy your trip!


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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Expensive shopping? Probably Ku-Damm and Fasanenstrasse,,,

Haven't taken public transport from the terminal in Schoenefeld, only to the ILA area on the southern part of the airport. Probably similar though, take a bus to U Rudow (tube station), and the tube to U Adenauerplatz. From there, walk down Kurfuerstendamm heading north-east, and (window) shop along the way. Fasanenstrasse is a pricey side street. When you get to U Wittenbergplatz, you're done.  



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User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2010 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

The equivalent in the East is FriedrichstrassŸe. Start at subway U KochstrassŸe (Checkpoint Charlie), walk north towards Unter den Linden, then either west towards the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag; or east towards the opera, history museum, and the TV tower at Alexanderplatz.

Take warm clothes, it's still freezing here.

[Edited 2010-02-08 13:48:32]


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

I like Rara's tour...it hit all of my favorite places. Berlin is an excellent city, but I would argue the East is much more fun than the West. I've been to Berlin several times and spent about 75% of my time, and all of my nights, in East.

1) Holocaust Museum - went right after it was built, and it's fantastic. Very moving as you would expect. I thought walking through the memorial/statue area above ground is a neat experience

2) Reichstag...walk up and look down on Parliament. I did it at night in the winter and it offered some nice views too. So, you may not be able to go at night...but still try to go.

3) Soviet War Memorial - not a "must see", but pretty neat if you're into history like me

4) Brandenburg Gate - a must see, but it doesn't take more than few minutes

The perk is that all of these places basically within earshot of each other!

5) TV Tower - going up it is fine if you have time, but wasn't anything that I "must" do...a nice bonus on a 3-day trip, but not a 1-day in my book


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5909 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Take a round-trip on bus 101 (I think?) between Bahnhof Zoo and Alexanderplatz. You'll pass a lot of the 'main' sight along the way and you can get a fairly cheap day ticket that lets you use all the public transport, allowing you to hop on and off as you feel like.

User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 4):
1) Holocaust Museum - went right after it was built, and it's fantastic. Very moving as you would expect. I thought walking through the memorial/statue area above ground is a neat experience

2) Reichstag...walk up and look down on Parliament. I did it at night in the winter and it offered some nice views too. So, you may not be able to go at night...but still try to go.

4) Brandenburg Gate - a must see, but it doesn't take more than few minutes

The perk is that all of these places basically within earshot of each other!

I was in berlin a few years ago, and managed to see all those sites in about 2-3 hours. Walked down to the Brandenburg gate, across to the reichstag and on to the station back to Brandenburg Gate, then followed the line of the Berlin wall round to the Jewish memorial statues, and finally on to Checkpoint Charlie and some sections of the wall that still remain.



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2715 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

Quoting Rara (Reply 3):
The equivalent in the East is FriedrichstrassŸe. Start at subway U KochstrassŸe (Checkpoint Charlie), walk north towards Unter den Linden, then either west towards the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag; or east towards the opera, history museum, and the TV tower at Alexanderplatz.

I like this idea. If you are pressed for time, I'd choose to go west once you reach Unter den Linden. People are going to look at you funny if you go to Berlin and don't see the Brandenburg Gate or Holocaust Memorial.

If you have a few hours, then heading east to the Pergamon Museum would be good if you are a museum person. The Pergamon Altar and Ishtar Gate are both worth seeing.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 4):
5) TV Tower - going up it is fine if you have time, but wasn't anything that I "must" do...a nice bonus on a 3-day trip, but not a 1-day in my book

I agree. I had three days, so it was fine to go up and take a few pictures of Berlin from up there. Not a must do thing though.



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

Don't forget Museum Island - world heritage listed, and take your pick of the Museums (Musea?) which interest you. I know it's not a shopping district (although a short walk from Potsdamer Platz thorugh Tiergarten), but surely worth a visit, and there are some nice cafes on the Spree.

Kent


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3543 times:
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The Luftwaffe Museum is a must see. There are inside and outside exhibits.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/AN26T.jpg

If you like trains you have to check out the train station

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/Germany092.jpg



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User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 9):
If you like trains you have to check out the train station

even if you dont, it's still worth checking out  



That'll teach you
User currently offlinegordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 9):
If you like trains you have to check out the train station
Quoting nighthawk (Reply 10):
even if you dont, it's still worth checking out

Dodgy train spotters!  



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User currently offlineps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

Hello(!),

Just to say many thanks for the tips/reccomendations etc. I'm now not sure if I'll go this time because I just got back from Norway yesterday and I have to get up at 3am tomorrow and I won't be back until around 11pm. Maybe one day is too much of a short time to see Berlin. But if I'm feeling well rested I might still go tomorrow (although London Stansted is on the other side of London from me). Will definitely give the reccomendations a try when I do go though (tomorrow or a later time), The "sights" sound cool and I would definitely like to see the train station (I like trains too) and of course Templehof (even though it's closed can you still go inside? I wasn't sure and of course I'm not sure how easy it is to get to, especially if only there for a day). Anyway thanks again for the tips. If I go tomorrow will try to write back and say which places I managed to see.

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2984 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

If you do go, you can get a day pass for the city transport for EUR6.50, including the S-Bahn (reginal train) to Schoenefeld airport.
I've been a few times, and as well as the above suggestions, I'd add:
Potsdamer Platz, a new shopping centre build on the open ground where the wall was. There's a great Asian fast food place on the top floor that will cook your noodles etc. in front of you!
There's also the Allied Museum in the south of the city near Oskar-Helene-Heim U-Bahn (metro) stop. This one has the original Checkpoint Charlie hut, a plane, and some of the wall.
Don't forget the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz!

signol



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User currently offlinevarigb707 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1362 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3472 times:

If you have time, go to where Hitler's bunker used to be and take a few shots. Then post it here. I understand the place is now a garden or a park.
BTW i don't to be funny or to offend anyone. I've always been curious and a WWII aficionado.



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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1065 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

Quoting ps76 (Reply 12):
Maybe one day is too much of a short time to see Berlin.

Not if you go again   I say push through the pain and go for it. It's an absolutely magical city. And do try and get up the TV-Tower at Alexanderplatz. I had to be dragged out of there last year!



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3449 times:
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Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Don't forget the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz!

You can't miss that thing, you can see it all over the city....

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/TVtowerinBerlin.jpg

Quoting Metroliner (Reply 15):
TV-Tower at Alexanderplatz. I had to be dragged out of there last year!

It reminds me of the arch in St. Louis, MO.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
There's a great Asian fast food place on the top floor that will cook your noodles etc. in front of you!

Why would you want to eat Asian food in Germany.... Boring! Go for a beer and a curry wurst or two.... That is how I roll!

Quoting SW733 (Reply 4):
Reichstag

That is cool!
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/GermanCapitol1.jpg

Quoting Rara (Reply 3):
Checkpoint Charlie

If you go there you can get some cool passport stamps reminding us of the not so good ole' days.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/DDRstamps.jpg



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