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Travel Guide for Germany:Berlin

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Germany:Berlin that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Germany:Berlin Page.

Basic Facts

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Official State/Region Name:Berlin Capital:Berlin Population:ca.3.4 Million Telephone Code:030 Area:889 sq km Highest Mountain:teufelsberg und Müggelberg 105m State/Region Name in other languages:

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Some of the traditional sights of Berlin are

Brandenburger Tor the former city gate which became the symbol of the division of Germany, situated right at the inner-German border in front of (or behind, depending on which side you lived;-) the Wall. Today, the square behind it has been re-done, the pompous Hotel Adlon has been re-built, the French and British embassies are now here and in time, once they have made up their mind, the new US embassy will be here as well.

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Maps

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Here is a map of Berlin and its districts:
http://www.geocities.com/_julie_/berlin_map.gif
http://www.berlin.de/stadtplan

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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If you go to Berlin in the summer, rent a bike! There are many bike rental stores which you can find by googling them. There are also smaller bike shops like "glücksvelo" on Lenaustraße 6 or one on Bökhstraße (U8: Schönleinstraße). And then: explore the city. Berlin has so many bicycle paths in the city and there are a lot of big green parks and forests in and around Berlin. For example, you can cycle to Wuhlheide via Treptower Park where you take the ferry to cross the Spree. There are al ... more

Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day
If I were in Berlin for one day, I would have breakfast in a small café in Kreuzberg, Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg (Berliners love breakfast and you can get it virtually anywhere until mid-afternoon, especially on Sundays), I would hop on bus #100 from Zoo station to museum island or the other way around because it gives you a good overview of the inner city and goes along most of the bigger tourist sights. I would decide on one museum, probably the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charl ... more

Transport

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Getting there and away, Getting around by Air
Berlin has three airports: Tegel, Tempelhof and Schönefeld. All three of them are linked to the public transport system. From Tegel, there is an Express bus to downtown West and a regular bus connecting to the underground transport system; Tempelhof is situated smack in the míddle of the city and when you walk out of the airport building you can see the nearest underground station; Schönefeld is connected to the city with ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

If you are in Berlin, make sure you taste a "Currywurst mit Pommes" ~ a sausage with curry ketchup and french fries.
Best places to grab one are:

  • Biers Kudamm 195
    Kurfürstendamm 195
    10707 Berlin / Charlottenburg
  • Konopkes Imbiß
    Schönhauser Allee, directly under the S-Bahn station "Eberswalder Str ... more

Money and Costs

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Exchanging Money, Costs...

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospitality ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country or region page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

The BIG BERLIN HC CAMP will take place 22.-26. september. If you ever planned a trip to Berlin, that's when you have to come. We found the perfect location and would be happy to welcome you. Please see www.happy-traveller.de for all ... more

Travelogues

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Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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learning german in berlin


go to: www.babylonia-berlin.de/index_english.htm
this is a non-commercial link to a kreuzberg based language collective, a real oppurtunity to get in touch with berliners a very nice and cosy meeting spot for people who want to stay a longer period in berlin.

BABYLONIA is a centre not only for language-learning but also for political meetings and discussions, and for cultural presentations and exhibitions. babylonia was ... more

Language and Useful Phrases

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German
Guten Tag - Hello/Bonjour/Bom dia
Hallo - slightly less formal; hello/Salut/Ola
Danke - Thanks/Merci/Obrigado
Bitte - Please/s.v.p./por favor
Sprechen Sie englisch? - Do you speak English?
Sprechen Sie französisch - Parlez-vous francais?
Sprechen Sie portugiesisch - Fala portugues?
Einen Kaffe/ein Bier, bitte! One coffee/beer, please!
Zurückbleiben bitte! - Stay behind, please! (this is the announcement in public transport before the d ... more

Events and Holidays

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Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival
If you are interested in film, the Berlinale (always in February) is the time to be in Berlin. It is the biggest A-Festival for film fans, tickets go on sale for almost all screenings. The main sections are Competition, Panorama, International Forum, Childrens' Film Fest, Retrospective. The festival is based at Potsdamer Platz and you can find further info at www.berlinale.de...

Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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berlin is more or less a safe place. but please keep in mind that there are a some naziskins and rightwingers especially in some of the eastern districts like treptow-köpenick, marzahn-hellersdorf and lichtenberg (usually not so touristic areas)

Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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Major Industries ...

Arts

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Music, Literature,
Theater
For English-language productions, try the "Friends of Italian Opera" in Fidicinstrasse(Kreuzberg)

Movies
In Germany, films are normally dubbed/synchronised. But Berlin has a series of cinemas screening films in the original language, mostly in English. "OV" stands for original version, "OmU" for original with subtitles. You will find detailed listings in the city magazines like "zitty" and "tip".

Media

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Newspapers
The biggest daily papers are "BZ", "Berliner Kurier" and "Bild" (all tabloids), "Der Tagesspiegel", "Berliner Morgenpost", "Berliner Zeitung" (all broadsheets). Morgenpost, Bild and BZ are all from Germany's biggest publishing house and not the spot to find revolutionary ideas. Tagesspiegel and Berliner Zeitung have quite good culture sections.

try "jungle world", weekly leftist newspaper made in berlin. http://jungle-world.com

Magazines
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Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Hi! I´m looking for a volunteer work in Berlin for me and for a friend. We are two 25 years old spanish guys and we think to arrive on April. We can speak in english and spanish and we are open to do anything about voluntary, all the hours that it be necessary. We demand in change bed and food. Thanks for your attention!

Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official State/region Website:
Official Berlin Site

BVG - Berlin Transportation System

Offtopic Messages

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