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I saw this on the London forum and thought this was a good idea for all of us that go to Berlin and thus we can come back and write up a report on how our trip went.

"""For everyone's convenience and reading pleasure, please post links to all your trip reports (past, present, and future) here on this thread. If you also have pictures posted somewhere on the Net, include those links as well.

Without further adieu, on with the show!"""

If possible can we get this stickied as well?

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Berlin trip report we went last July but i guess its never too late.

Straight on arrival at the airport we got 72 hours Berlin welcome card. Which we used extensively as we stayed near the zoologicher garten station.

Easily got the train RE7. From there we walked to our hotel. We did ask directions and were given them nicely .

After leaving our luggage at the hotel and freshening up a bit we walked to the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church. And the new church next door for the blue lights architecture was amazing the blue lights looked very pretty.

We had planned to go for an original Berlin Walk. We reached Hackerch markt and we met wouter he was our guide for the afternoon. We went on 4 hour walk with him starting the the H market and ending at Gendarmenmarkt.

Then we had a ticket for the Reichstag dome. This was designed by Norman Foster. The views from the top were excellent. Good for photographers. We felt privileged to get a chance to have the chance to visit the dome. If the parliament is in session then you can also get a tour with a guide. You can book in advance and the tickets are confirmation sent by email. As it was very hot we were eating ice cream and fizzy drinks and water so did not eat much.

Day2: today we had booked the Sanssouci palace. We booked the first tour of 10.20. We left from zoologicher garten station at 8.47 so as to get there in plenty of time. However once on the train we noticed there was a station called Park sanssouci so instead of getting down we decided to go further and get off at the Park sanssouci station. If you have a lot of time and enjoy walking a lot then I recommend this otherwise do as TA'ers say and get down at Potsdam hbf. And take the bus.

So we walked and went past Neue Palace and Potsdam university where I enjoyed taking photographs.

Now we were racing against time trying to reach the S palace. In the meantime we saw orangery mistaking it for the S palace we climbed up all those stairs. Only to find out it was not the Palace!! You can imagine by now it was 9.50 ish and the time of our booking was coming upon us. We did get there with a few minutes to spare phew!! We had an audio guide for the palace and it is very beautiful but it's tiny. After all this walking and we finished the tour we just sat in the shade watching the action around us. Another ice cream was eaten and bottles of water. Then we went in the search of Chinese house and somehow came out at one of the side gates. It was a good adventure going without a map

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Here's my trip report for Berlin (and other German cities Munich and Dresden):


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TRIP -22/12/17-27/12/17

Just back from a 5 day trip to Berlin and here is a wee resume of what we managed to see & do.

We arrived midday on the 22/12/17 for a 5 night stay at the Sana Residence (2 bed apartment, separate review). This was our 5th visit to Berlin over the Christmas period although on this occasion we had a first time to Berlin visitor accompanying us. We had purchased the 6 day welcome card to be collected at the airport arrivals, and as on previous visits we found it to be of great value, both for transport and savings on certain attractions/sightseeing venues. After getting settled into our apartment we took a trip over to Potsdamer Platz market for gluewein and currywurst before walking up to the Reichstag for which we had a booking to do the tour for the Bundestag. (remember your passport if you have booked this as we were very nearly denied access as we had forgotten to take ours, I think it was only because it was the last guided tour for the year that they took pity on us and allowed us to join the others). The tour lasts about 1½ hours and you are left at the Dome to do your own thing. The guided tour was very good with the guide telling various antidotes both informative and humorous. On the Saturday we travelled over to the East Side Gallery and visited the Museum, we then visited the Jewish Museum the Jerusalem exhibition being of particular interest. A visit to the Kadewe had to be made on our way back to the apartment as it would be closed for the rest of our stay in Berlin over the holiday period. Over the next three days we managed to visit the TV tower, The DDR Museum, Pergamon Museum and the Olympic Stadium (which we had pre-booked for the guided tour), also not forgetting the Assi Wall Panorama at Checkpoint Charlie, so a busy time was had by all. Although we had experienced this City on previous occasions it has to be said that the transport infrastructure makes it so easy to plan and get around the City as well as further afield. Berlin at Christmas time is fantastic with all of the lights and decoration along with the various Christmas Markets; it is a pleasure to visit.

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Wish to share with you my trip to Berlin.

Went there with another 3 friends, all of us are 21-22 years old.

We landed at Tegel airport on February 8 on 8:30 pm. We arrived pretty fast to our hostel (Circus Hostel), and after spending some minutes in a karaoke event in the hostel bar, we went to eat at The Bird. The burger there is a bit more expensive than some other burgers in the city, but it was pretty well. I took a medium burger, but I'd take medium rare if I were to choose it again. Then, by advice of the waiter, we went to Badfish bar which was pretty cool.

The next day, Friday, we visited Reichstag in the morning and had nice sight from the dome about the city. The headset explanations were too "official" as it's Germany's parlament but still helped to describe what we saw from there. Then we had the free tour that included some intersting sites like the Holocaust memorial, the Fuhererbunker, Checkpoint Charlie etc. Later in the evening we went to the Original Pub Crawl which was pretty average. The first bar was garbage, but then it improved a bit. We finished the pub crawl in Matrix, which I didn't like too much.

On Saturday we went to Union Berlin game. Great experience. It takes about 30 mins to get from Mitte to Kopenick, which is the area but it totally worth it. On the way to the stadium from the S Bahn station there are 2 cool bars with the fans and you already start to feel the atmosphere. Then in the stadium it was even better, and as Union won 3-1 against Dusseldorf which was 1st in the table back then the experience was great. We wanted to eat at El Loco restaurant after the game, but since all the places in the restaurant were booked in advance we opted to the nearby Astoria restaurant which wasn't bad at all. You'll have unlimited Ouzo there if you are into it. When we finished in Astoria, we had a great beer in the small brewery in Kopenick center. On the night we were so tired, and just went to a bar near our hostel and finished our night early at Rosenburger that's less than minute walking from the hostel. There are amazing sweet potato fries over there.

We started our Sunday in Mauerpark market. The best thing there was the street music of Rupert's Kitchen Orchestra band. And then the market is pretty cool. I would advice to take the argentinian beef in the street food area. On the afternoon we moved from our hostel to Hotel Prens in Kreuzberg. After checking in there and have some rest, We went to DDR museum that was likeable but not so much more than it. We continued to Tony Roma's restaurant. Wow, the veal ribs there were simply the best meal I ever got in a restaurant. Paid 25 euros for a full slab (about 16 ribs). In the night we went to Das Hotel bar near our hotel, which might was the coolest bar we have been to in Berlin. Then we were rejected in Berghain and Suicide Circus, and I have to say that Suicide Circus had an incredibly rude bouncer which limitated my friend. We continued to Tresor, just to find out there was a gay party there.

On Monday we went to East Side Gallery and Stasi Museum. I really liked that museum, which tells the story about the Stasi police with some very intersting stories in the guided tour. The guided tour runs every Sat, Sun and Mon on 3pm and you don't pay extra fee for it. On the evening we went to Laughing Spree Comedy, a free english standup on a boat which you have to pay a tip for. A great experience.

On Tuesday we had the alternative tour that took us from Alexanderplatz to Hackescher Markt and then to Kreuzberg to see some nice street art and also hear another interesting explainations. We continued to Louis restaurant to have a Viennese schnitzel that was average. Then in the evening we went to Haus Schwarzenberg that has nice 2 bars, and we continued from there via the U Bahn to Warschauer Strasse to go to a party in Crack Bellmer.

That's it, on Wednesday we were already on the plane in the way back.

Have a great time in Berlin!

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Just back from a great 8-day trip to Berlin. Four of us were traveling: my husband, 12-year-old son, and 69-year-old mother. We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment in the Brilliant Apartments apartment hotel on Oderbergerstrasse in Prenzlauer Berg, an incredibly lively street near the Mauerpark. The apartment was wonderful - spacious, comfortable and close to everything.

Highlights of the trip:

- Insider Tour with JJ on our first day - a great way to orient ourselves to the city, and learn a lot about the history as we walked by many of the important sites.

- Schloss Charlottenburg - We also went to Potsdam, but thought Charlottenberg was even more impressive. The audioguide there gave just the right amount of information, and the rooms and furnishings were just gorgeous.

- The German History Museum - we liked this so much that we went back a second day, but still didn't see all of the permanent collection.

- Going to a Union Berlin game - Such an amazing atmosphere! We chose to sit rather than stand (as most fans do), and we were able to get seats so close to the action.

- Sunday in Mauerpark - visiting the fleamarket and soaking up the atmosphere.

- The food! - We ate food from nine different cultures, and almost every meal was amazing. Highlights: District Mot for Vietnamese, Flying Monkey for Dim Sum, Muret la Barba for Italian, Prater Garden and Ephraim for traditional German, Pasternak for Russian

- The transportation system - so easy to catch the tram, the U-Bahn, the S-Bahn and get anywhere in the city. We got the Welcome Card, and were thrilled to just walk on the train and not worry about tickets the whole week.

Berlin is relaxed, convivial, and so welcoming to visitors. This trip was definitely one of our favorites!

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OK, this looks like a good place for my post. Public transportation in Berlin is nasty - rent a bike if you are skilled in that area. The S and U trains are very busy and have lots of steps between levels, so navigating with luggage is difficult. You need to actually push your way into the trains and they are kind of dirty, compared to trains in other cities we visited. And the buses are great, except the bus drivers we encountered were all nasty! They would not answer questions, they do not speak any English, and we repeatedly received "NAAA" for an answer. They get grumpy when they have to let people with disabilities on (slamming the ramp down, sighing) and we even had one refuse to identify a station (and we were right at it, although we did not know that). I understand that Uber is probably the way to go.

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My husband and I visited Berlin for four days.

We signed up online for the Reichstag Dome tour ahead of time.


We purchased the 3 day transit and Museum Island pass at the train station. We purschased the one that includes zones ABC, so that we could use the card to visit Potsdam.


Day 1 arrive at Train Station

Check in to Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten in Kreuzberg, recommended by a friend

Museum Island -- Neues Museum

Lunch at Samadhi, vegetarian restaurant near the Reichstag

Reichstag dome tour, Brandenburg gate

Memorial for the murdered Jews

Dinner in Kreuzberg at Good Morning Vietnam, vegan restaurant on Bergmanstrasse

Day 2

Museum Island Pergammon, requested time entry online for free

Day 3 Potsdam

Transit to Potsdam, rent bikes and ride through Potsdam, lunch at vegetarian restaurant

Day 4 German History Museum near Museum island

Jewish Museum

rent bicycles from Hotel and tour the Tiergarten

Lunch at Samadhi, vegetarian restaurant near the Reichstag

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We have just arrived home from an amazing four nights in Berlin.

Monday 30 July 2018: We arrive at Manchester Airport T3 for our flight (delayed) courtesy of Ryanair. We touch down in Berlin Schönefeld Airport to be greeted by blisteringly hot, blue skies and wall to wall sunshine. We decided to get the train to Alexanderplatz (we stayed in the Park Inn by Radisson). It couldn't have been any easier had we tried - the S9 straight through from the airport to Alexanderplatz station. We left the station, crossed the road (watching out for the cyclists) and in to our hotel. Check-in was quick (good old fashion German efficiency) We decided to eat in the Spago restaurant - it was Okay...

Tuesday 31 July 2018: Temperatures were reaching close to 36˚C by the time we left the hotel (breakfast courtesy of Burger King) for our walking tour with our Canadian born Tour Guide Julian from Insider Tours. We arrived at the meeting point the am to pm pub at Hackescher Markt. Our first stop Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Berliner Dom. Julian explained that most of Museum Island had been destroyed during WWII and the city was undertaking a major renovation project of the museum complex and he explained that where they could they salvaged some of the original bullet hole ridden blocks to use in the reconstruction. It's home to five museums that host the Ishtar Gate, a bust of Nefertiti and the Pergamon Altar. He explained that when the bombing started most of the art works were moved by the Nazi regime to three Flak Towers, which were constructed to defend the city, to protect them. He told us that you can walk around the dome (outside) of the Berliner Dom. Next stop on the tour: Bebelplatz and the world renowned Humboldt University law faculty. Bebelplatz was the scene of the infamous book burning by the Nazis on the 10 May 1933. Israeli artist Micha Ullman has created a memorial to the book burnings - it's a sunken library - but the bookshelves are empty and there is a quote from Heinrich Heine, which is a warning to humanity written a 113 years before the book burnings "That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well." Our next stop is the Neue Wache - a memorial to the victims of war and dictatorship. We then arrived at the Brandenburger Tor, built on the order of King Frederick II as a gate way to his palace (the Royals would enter the city through the central arch). On top of the Brandenburg Gate is the Quadriga. When the gate was built the goddess Eirene (Goddess of Peace) was represented and the Brandenburg Gate was known as the 'Peace Gate'. That was until Napoleon invaded and had the nerve to march himself and his troops through the Gate. Napoleon took the Quadriga back to Paris. When he lost the war the Quadriga was returned to Prussia and they re-envisioned the goddess Eirene as the goddess Victoria (Victory) and her head is position so as to look directly at the French Embassy (located on the eastern side of Pariser Platz) it is said that she is keeping her eye on the French (Berliners apparently hate the French). Our next stop the French Church - built by the Huguenots who were invited by Crown Prince Friedrich - the story goes that Friedrich wanted to elevate Berlin and offered the Huguenots tax incentives - naturally this favouritism started to annoy the Germans - and in response the Germans built their own church directly across the square and rumour has it the German church is slightly taller. We end the tour with a visit to the Memorial to the Murder of the Jews and the site of the Fürherbuncker which is now a car park. Evening meal was provided courtesy of Löwenbräu Leipziger Straße.

Wednesday 1 August 2018: early morning trip to the Reichstag Dome and Roof Terrace. We thought we would do this early on to avoid the heat of the day (no such luck). We went through security and headed in to the Bundestag building and up to the dome. We got the free audio guide and then trudged up the ramp in sweltering heat. The views at the top were spectacular, but we didn't stop long (if we had all that would have been left of us would have been two puddles) and then we went and drank some cooling ginger ale at the restaurant. We left the Reichstag and continued to walk down John-Foster-Dulles Allee towards Schloss Bellevue (the home of the Federal President) through the picturesque Tiergarten. We said hello to Chancellor Merkel as we passed the Bundeskanzleramt. We decided since it was approaching eyeball searing temperatures we would get the S-bahn back to the hotel (we stopped at Park Inn Alexanderplatz). Evening meal was provided courtesy of Xantender Eck on Xatender Straße.

Thursday 2 August 2018: Sail down the Landwehr Kanal, TV Tower and a random tram ride. We decided to do the sail in the morning and boarded the boat near Friedrichstraße. It was so relaxing I fell asleep... We then decided to use the S-bahn to head back to Alexanderplatz to do a bit of shopping (we spent most of our money in the Amplemann shop) then we went back to the hotel to recuperate. At around 1800 hrs we left for the tower. We entered the lift (it has a glass celling so you can see up the column of the tower). When we reached the observation deck we were greeted by a Party - the 360 degree views of Berlin are spectacular. When we came back down we went for Currywurst, Kartoffelchips and a Softeis - waldmeister and blueberry - the waldmeister turned my tongue green...

Friday 3 August 2018: flew home....

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Here's my trip report. Just got back a couple days ago. Hopefully it'll help a fellow traveler.


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