jsnww81
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Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:35 am

I've just booked a roundtrip flight on dba from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel and had a few questions. Hopefully some of our German friends here can help me out:

- does dba assign seats? I didn't see any option on their website to purchase a seat. Will I need to show up at the airport extra early to get a good seat?

- Which aircraft does dba operate on the FRA-TXL route? Will I be flying on a 737 or an F100?

- what's the best (and cheapest) way to get from TXL into the center of Berlin? TXL doesn't have a rail link, so I wasn't sure if a bus or taxi would be the best option.

- on a more general note: I'll be visiting Berlin from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. I have a general idea for some of the sights I want to see (Potsdamer Platz, the Ku'damm, Tiergarten, Brandenburger Tor, etc.) but what else do you recommend for a whirlwind tour of Berlin?

Thanks in advance!
 
Leskova
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:48 pm

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
does dba assign seats?

Only at check-in, there's no way to get a pre-assigned seat. But since the flight's just around an hour long (scheduled time is 1:10), it's not that bad if you don't get a good seat.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
Which aircraft does dba operate on the FRA-TXL route?

I haven't seen anything but F100s flying from here to Berlin - could always change, but, so far, it hasn't.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
what's the best (and cheapest) way to get from TXL into the center of Berlin?

As far as I know, there's a bus from TXL into town; it'll take longer than a taxi, but it'll be much, much cheaper... but I'm sure some of our Berliners will be able to shed more light on that.

Have fun on your trip!

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Frank
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berlinflyer
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Fri Sep 23, 2005 5:05 pm

If you are here only for a short while, I strongly recommend to take an Insider Walking Tour http://www.insidertour.com . This will give you a really good idea about all the sights and history. For shopping the KaDeWe department store at Wittenbergplatz is a must as well as Galleries Lafayette at Friedrichstrasse. Opening hours are until 8.00 pm monday to saturday. Public transporation is easy to use, so there is no need for a taxi, even though there are plenty and they are much cheaper than in other major cities. The city is very big, so you will have to use the subway or buses. Don´t miss to climb up to the Reichstag dome (parliement building) - best view you can get!
 
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:02 pm

Quoting Berlinflyer (Reply 2):
Public transporation is easy to use, so there is no need for a taxi.... The city is very big, so you will have to use the subway or buses.

Therefor I recommed the "WelcomeCard 48hrs" valid for buses,subway & S-Bahn --> Info !!

Quoting Berlinflyer (Reply 2):
Don´t miss to climb up to the Reichstag dome (parliement building) - best view you can get!

Even better when "climbing" the TV-Tower... Big grin
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jsnww81
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:25 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments and keep them coming!

Frank - I had figured dba wouldn't assign seats until the day of the flight. I'll plan to show up a little early to ensure I get a window seat - that won't be a problem, since I love FRA and don't mind spending extra time there at all. If my equipment will be the F100, I'll make sure I don't get seated too far toward the back.  Smile

I was really hoping to take an ICE train from Frankfurt, but tickets on dba ended up being about 45EUR cheaper. I got to try the ICE last year on the Cologne-Frankfurt line, and it was really impressive. Much better than any of the trains we have here!

HansaRostock - thanks for the information on the "WelcomeCard" offered by BVG. It sounds very similar to the "Tageskarte" and "Wocheskarte" offered by the RMV in Frankfurt. I will definitely purchase one of those while I'm in Berlin.

I have not yet booked my hotel in Berlin yet. Is there an area of the city I should try to stay in? I'd like to be as close to the action as possible, but I'm also hoping to find something for less than 100EUR per night that's convenient to the S and U-Bahn systems. Would I be better off looking in the eastern half of the city (the old DDR territory)? Conversely, are there neighborhoods I should avoid staying in?

I'm planning to stop by Tempelhof and get a few pictures of the airport, just in case they end up closing it in the next few years. I'm still trying to decide if I want to take the train out to Schoenefeld. Is it worth the trip?

One final question - is the observation deck at Tegel still open?
 
berlinflyer
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 12:24 am

For hotels you can have a look here: http://www.worldhostel.com

I would recommend to stay near Mitte or around Potsdamer Platz. It really depends where you want to go. Berlin offers great hotels at reasonable prices, so it won´t be hard to find one.

Have you checked this site? :
http://www.berlin-tourist-information.de/index.en.php
 
cgnnrw
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 2:13 am

DBA ist quite good. They are the only LCC operating in Germany that provide free drinks and a snack. Okay, it's not such a big deal on a short flight and they tell you you are limited to just one drink and one snack (probably a Laungenstange or smiliar) but its the thought that counts right?

As stated already you can pick a seat at check-in. I'm a big fan of this and wish more LCCs would do. I refuse to believe it is quicker than the free-for-all, elbowing that goes on just to get a "good" seat.

The quickest bus from TXL is the TXL Express to Bahnhof Zoo. It is less crowded than the #109 and is quicker. Definitely get the WelcomCard. You get reduced /free admission to many of museums. Just be sure you have it with you at all times. Controllers are on the prowl all times of the day and they will not fall for the "I'm a dumb American and didn't know I have to pay to use public transport" trick....Othewise prepared to pay EUR40 for "schwarzfahren".

Another website for hotels www.hrs.com . They tend to be pretty good. You can sort by number of stars you wish your hotel to have. Be careful about going to far outside the city. Berlin is HUGE and it can take you up to 45 minutes with U or S bahn to get around town. Don't be too disapointed when you venture into the ex-East Berlin, the city has changed soooooo much in the last 10 years.

I don't believe the observation deck is open anymore. Germans tend to follow US security regulations to the extreme.....A good place is the top deck of the car park in front of the terminal. You can get some good shots of planes as they taxi arouond the terminal.

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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:43 am

I flew on DBA round trip from MUC to NCE earlier this year. 737-500 aircraft very clean inside. Free magazines and papers when you board. Gimick give away sort of like WN's peanuts is a chocolate heart. Half the price of Lufthansa.
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jsnww81
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 4:18 am

Berlinflyer -

Thanks for the Berlin Tourist Info website. It looks like they have some great deals. I've already found a few hotels near Tempelhof Airport that are EUR70 for two nights. That's a LOT more affordable than the hotels in Frankfurt! In Frankfurt I usually end up paying between EUR70-90 per night!

I am hoping to stay in the Mitte district, or somewhere near the Ku'damm (although that area looks pricier.)

I'm not worried about public transportation at all - if the Berlin S- and U-Bahn networks are anything like the ones in Frankfurt, they should be really easy to use. If only the train went to Tegel Airport...  Smile
 
TheSonntag
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 4:33 am

Berlin absolutely has one of the best public transportation systems in the world, it is cheap and reliable and has night busses every day, so you can usually get home 24hours a day, 7 days a week...

Its cheap, as well, a day ticket is 5.60� if I remember correct. TXL is not as close to the city as THF, but it is still inside the city and WAY better than SXF. While there is no U-Bahn connection, its bus service is very good.

DBA assigns seats on every flight, but at check-in only. I think that 737s fly FRA-TXL. If you have the money, you could fly THF-CGN, CGN THF on a day trip just to fly from THF before its closed. This might sound stupid, but it would be worth it, Cologne is also worth seeing... (I did it the other way around just one week ago  Wink )

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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:14 am

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
Which aircraft does dba operate on the FRA-TXL route? Will I be flying on a 737 or an F100?

Just looking at today's operation, on both FRA-TXL rotaions today we had B733's operating
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HansaRostock
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:22 am

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 8):
If only the train went to Tegel Airport... Smile



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 9):
While there is no U-Bahn connection, its bus service is very good.

...just take your S- or U-Bahn (or RE-train) to Zoo-Station and head for "bus-departure #1" (don't even know how u call it in german  Smile ) where line X9 leaves for TXL ... Info_area_map-pdf...

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 8):
I am hoping to stay in the Mitte district

good choice....so you still can figure out where to go friday- and saturday-night while already being in Berlin (Zoo-Area,Prenzlberg,F'hain,XBerg or wherever)...well, it's kinda in the "Mitte"  Big grin
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jsnww81
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RE: Flying Dba This Fall - A Few Questions

Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:51 am

Good to hear I might end up on 737 after all. I like the F100, but if I'm not going to get a seat until of my flight, I'd rather end up on a 737, where the last six rows of window seats aren't blocked by engines or wings.

I would LOVE to fly into THF, especially on a mainline-sized aircraft like a 737 or F100. I was really hoping dba flew from FRA into Tempelhof, rather than Tegel. I definitely plan on visiting THF, but it will be a shame not to experience the white knuckle approach over all the blocks of housing flats.

Thanks again for all your advice - you're making this much easier for me. I look forward to hearing more!

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