Hotels in Berlin
I visited Berlin 6 times, in any possible weather – summer, winter, during Christmas and more. I love Berlin and usually I combine my visits with a good live concert…Read more
Things to do in Berlin
Last November I visited Berlin for the sixth time and I have a few recommendations I would be happy to share.
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So let’s go! Hit play on the following song Which was written in the 1980s inspired by the wall that separated East Berlin from West Berlin
The public transportation in Berlin is the most easy and comfortable in all Europe since it works 24/7, on the weekends as well and naturally it is punctual as one can expect. It has the U-Bhan which is basically an underground train, and the S-Bahn which is an upper train, and it also has the M which is the electric train (a tram). I paid 7 Euros for a daily pass to central A-B areas. The train tickets in Berlin are bought in a machine and you must have them stamped by the machines in order to validate the ticket. A number of times I was, personally, checked by conductors which are dressed as any other person. If you’ll get caught with an unsigned ticket, you’ll have to pay a fine of approximately 50 Euros. Not a pleasant experience. A ticket to Schonefeld cost me 3.4 Euros per direction. A recommended driver is a lovely guy named Tony, reliable and nice which charges 35 Euros per couple from Schonefeld to the center of Berlin. +491760435366
Surfing the internet in Berlin
On my last visit I didn’t buy a SIM card. There was no need to buy one, since I had WiFi in my hotel and almost in every mall or restaurant I went to. But if you want you can buy a SIM card in stores like Saturn or Media Market when presenting a passport.
Ways to get to know the city
Free tours on foot
Free English tours on foot leave every day from Brandenburg Gate at 11:00 and 14:00. The tours goes through the main cites. It is required to register in advance on the website http://www.newberlintours.com/.
Another recommended way to get to know a new city is the tour bus. There are companies that operate tour bus services in a “get on and off as you please” system. Usually the tour is for one full day with many central stops throughout the city. You can use your headset and listen to many explanations about the city (in English). The stations are located around the city’s touristic cites. Check if there’s a students or retired discount.
Berlin wall – Naturally, it can’t be missed.
When was the last time you saw a pole bear? The zoo is lovely and fun, there’s a significant discount for student card holders, and you can combine it with entrance to the aquarium. We were that excited with the aquarium, so in my opinion you can pass. Zoologicher garten station is on the U2 red line.
Sachsenhausen camp – located outside of Berlin
It is recommended for those who never visited a holocaust concentration camp and want to have an idea about that, but don’t expect too much. The camp was burnt by the Nazis and it is reconstructed. You can get there by taking a train from one of the main stations (Alexanderplatz or Friedrichstraße, etc.), take the S1 north to Oraninburg station and continue from there with the 804 bus (about 20 minutes by foot). The town itself is very pretty and you can find good food there.
An underground tour – Bonkers in Berlin
One of the powerful experiences in Berlin is the underground tour in bonkers that were left there since the cold war. Whoever loves history MUST take this tour. For further information, go to the website https://www.berliner-unterwelten.de/.
I didn’t had the chance to visit it yet, but I have hear it is very interesting. It tells about the history and life in Berlin on the East side during the communism. An interactive museum that is suitable for the entire family.
Basically most of the shops and malls are closed during Sunday so you should check the opening hours of each mall and place in advance.
The cheap and modern British clothing chain for the entire family has arrived to Berlin and there are a few branches in the city. It is highly recommended to spend at least a few hours of passing the time in store. The store is big and filled with everything of everything and all in low process!!!
Sunday – close
Monday-Saturday – 09:00-21:00
The store’s website https://www.primark.com/en/store/berlin
Alexa Mall – located on Alexanderplatz
This mall has many clothing and footwear stores for the entire family.
A recommended store is TK MAXX – Known designer cloths like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralf Lauren, etc. in low prices.
Sunday – close
Monday-Saturday – 09:00-21:00
How to get there?
Any transportation means that arrive to Alexanderplatz.
The mall’s website https://www.alexacentre.com/store/.
Bikini Berlin Mall
Located in West Berlin near the zoo. A new mall with a lot of young and trendy brands. You should go check it out.
Brands outlet mall – outlet outside of Berlin
An outlet mall with the best brands possible is located outside of Berlin. The easiest way to get there is by a direct shuttle bus that leaves on Friday and Saturdays. Additional details about opening house and ways of getting there you can find on the website https://www.mcarthurglen.com/en/outlets/de/designer-outlet-berlin/
East Side mall – A new mall next to the Berlin wall, was opened recently, at the end of October. Go check it out https://www.eastsidemall.de/
Mall of Berlin – Located on Potsdamer Platz, with all of the brands you love https://www.mallofberlin.de/
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