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Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:40 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:58 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:03 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:45 pm

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.

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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:52 pm

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
 
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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:37 pm

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.
 
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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:52 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:21 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:23 pm

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.

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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:41 am

Go by THF. The airport is closed, but the buildings are still cool to look at.

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The Luftwaffe Museum is a must see. There are inside and outside exhibits.

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

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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:34 am

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  
 
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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:43 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:40 pm

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
 
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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:53 pm

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!

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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:08 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:33 pm

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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RE: Reccommendations For Places To Visit In Berlin?

Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:47 pm

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....

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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!
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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.
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