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Berlin

Berlin

I originally wrote this for me, and used it to record stuff I need to plan and visit the city.  It’s still pretty much the same. It might be useful for others. I first stayed there at the end of the summer 2005. We stayed at the art’otel mitte im Mitte and visited the centre of Berlin with a quick trip to the Story of Berlin on the Ku’f’dam, which is worth revisiting. I posted my pictures to a  Berlin set in flickr which is now displayed as a slide show below/overleaf. I returned on business in 2007 and for a city-break in Jan 2019, again in March 2019 and again in Apr 2022.

Covid 19 | Hotels | Transport | Getting there | Apartments | Food & Drink | Maps | Radical Living | Yet to do

 


Covid 19

Berlin City Government have published CV19 public health rules. They require proof of a clear status, either vaccinated, recovered, or tested. In some locations events, tested is not acceptable. In some places and at some events a mask is required, and in some cases this mask must be FFP2 or KN95 quality stamped. Masks need to be worn at most/all cultural institutions, hotel rooms can be booked if vaccinated or recovered. Brits may need to get their vaccine passports confirmed with a local equivalent. 2/2/2022

Staying there

Hotels

I revised these links in 2019; I deleted those that I might have merely been interested in, inserted the 2019 Hotel and kept two that I might still visit. I have stayed at the art’otel mitte, and Victor’s Residenz. The Google Map has the other’s that I have heard of, or considered.

The map (see below) now has a bunch of hotels placed upon it, in both East & West Berlin, some came from a BA flight magazine, some just from looking for places to go, and/or the Rough Guide, it now included some recommended by Expedia.

Apartments

Homeaway, a flat listing site (2013), and one particular flat complex in Schoenberg

Transport

All trains, trams and buses are under one price scheme. They have three zones, A,B&C. Day Tickets can be bought for AB or ABC. Schönefeld is in C, I bought a one way ticket for €3.40 on arrival, and another on the way back. The Hotel sold me day tickets,for the other days (not any more). It might be best to buy the return at the Schönefeld ticket machines; the buses only take coins (not sure if this is still true! allegedly 21/4/22). One way tickets need to be used within two hours of validation and you may not double back.

I am unclear about how and where to buy day passes and if the Buses require or reject cash. All train stations have ticket vending machines and I think they do on the trams too. Whether the trams sell day passes is also a mystery to me.

The tube map, …

The Berlin Tube Map

Getting there

The EU has introduced pre-arrival checks for non EU citizens, called ETIAS, a comment about Brits, and by HMG. These will be mandatory in 2023. Phew!.

I for my first two trips, I arrived via Tegal, now shut, and then via Schönefeld. Berlin’s long awaited Berlin Brandenburg opened in time for my fifth trip, and I retired my early comments about Schönefeld. Schönefeld has been incorporated into the new Berlin Brandenburg airport, sort of. I need to check what routes are available now. Ryan Air may be shut out of the new airport. I used BA when I returned in 2022 which landed at Berlin Brandenburg. This is what they say about Brandenburg and  how to get to and from Brandenburg, they say

BER Airport is connected to the rail and road network. Airport Express and regional trains run together four times an hour from station T1-2 to Berlin Central Station. In addition, the S-Bahns S9 and S45 run from T1-2 to Berlin city centre.

The S-Bahn platform’s at BER are 5 & 6.

Food & Drink

I am told that next time I should visit Savigny Platz which also has a huge number of restaurants. I found this article on Vegan Food in 2019.

Here is the TV Tower Restaurant Menu and a recommendation for the best donner kebab on Earth

My Map



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I returned in 2019, and here are my pictures


Radical Living

I found via youtube, this person, who has a web site and video channel, both called Radical Living.  Despite this video’s title, alternatives are offered.


Things to do

– Lots left undone!

I found, Museums in Berlin by the Berlin Museum authority.

Things to do again

  • Visit The Story of Berlin exhibition, ends in an atomic bunker, but deals with the History of Berlin from its foundation as the capital of the Duchy of Brandenburg

Comments ( 12 )

  1. ReplyAuthorDave
    This was copied across originally using a version copy from the file system, and then checking against the snipsnap version. The last bliki date was 17th Dec 2008, allegedly.
  2. ReplyAuthorDave
    I amended this today, new slide show & removed the delicious feeds.
  3. ReplyAuthorDave
    I amended this today, deleted some old stuff, and added some lessons from my Jan 2019 trip.
  4. ReplyAuthorDave
    I added the links on COVID 19 and the impact of public policy on Tourism. I am using firefox and the slideshow ain't working, do I need a plugin?
  5. ReplyAuthorDave
    I deleted the following comment, "I have travelled via Tegel and Schönefeld, the choice is taken by your carrier, ideally, I depart from LCY which currently is an available route by BA." Tegel is now shut and Schönefeld has been incorporated into the new Berlin Brandenburg airport. BA are not currently flying from LCY.
  6. ReplyAuthorDave
    I fixed the failing slide shows by using a plugin.
  7. ReplyAuthorDave
    Berlin's lockdown has been extended to May 9th.
  8. ReplyAuthorDave
    I added a transcript of the public health regs as at today.
  9. ReplyAuthorDave
    And so planning to go back. I need to book the flights through BA. I should look up the price of a weekly travel card in zones AB.
  10. ReplyAuthorDave
    The Story of Berlin is now shut to make a new room.
  11. ReplyAuthorDave
    Brandburg BER is big, platforms 5 & 6 take you to the city centre by train.
  12. ReplyAuthorDave
    I once said, "Don't get to Schönfeld too early, it's boring.". As it became less likely to use Schöfeld, I moved this list to this comment.
    1. Things to do at Schönefeld , by sleeping airports;
    2. Or Things to do near Schönefeld , by Trip Advisor

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