Berlin must do's and prices
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2012 1:31 PM Last Post By: nunuboogie
Aug 22, 2012 12:31 PM
Berlin must do's and pricesHi everyone,
My wife and I have just booked a 3 night break to Berlin in January next year. We're early 30's, enjoy bars, clubbing, eating but also some more cultural offerings and just wondering what must do stuff to include. Any suggestions very much appreciated. Ways to get around, day stuff, night stuff etc etc etc
Thanks in advance everyone
Aug 22, 2012 9:47 PM
1....must do stuff , day stuff, night stuff etc etc etc - What's 'stuff' as my dictionary gives me strange translations.
and for ways to get around http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/index.html
Aug 22, 2012 10:32 PM
Aug 24, 2012 12:12 AM
3We really enjoyed the free walking tour. The great thing is, if you don't like it you can leave and have no obligation to pay anything. We thought it was really worth it though!
Aug 24, 2012 12:34 AM
Aug 25, 2012 12:54 AM
5In fact you do need to say thank you and tell the guide you are leaving if you decide to do so. As the tour is free you tip as much as you like, according to how much you liked the tour. I have tipped them quite a lot as the tour was fantastic and, as I said, very worth while. I am sorry if me stating the business policy of some tour I took in Berlin is offensive to some people.
Aug 26, 2012 4:09 PM
6Here are my experiences in things to do, not do, and weird things to do in Berlin!
If you have any other questions, let me know! I am happy to help!
Aug 29, 2012 10:57 AM
7Cultural stuff: I recommend everyone to see Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen which is an old stasi-prison. The guides are all former prisoner who tell their personal story. There are English tours two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday, I think).
Eat: Babel on Kastanien Allee has the best Lebanese food ever. If you are more into vietnamese food Monsieur Wong on Alte Schönhauser Allee is really popular - with reason!
If you like fun, cheap bars Weserstrasse in Kreuzkölln is a very good place to go. One bar is called Ä and they sometimes have life music. Somewhere on the street there is an old salon (I think the bar has Salon in its name) which is now a bar. It's a really nice place.
Aug 30, 2012 5:41 AM
Aug 30, 2012 5:47 AM
Aug 30, 2012 7:23 AM
10Kreuzkölln is the border area between Kreuzberg and Neukölln, around til Landwehrkanal, and Weserstr. is in that area (so it's the Weserstr. in Neukölln).
Visiting Hohenschönhausen gives you a good picture of how the Stasi worked (and how little it took for a person get imprisoned in the GDR).
If you're in Berlin on a Sunday it's practically obligatory to visit one of the flea markets where you can by almost anything but new and used stuff. The flea market in Mauerpark is very large but also popular so it tends to get crowded. Though, it might not be as crowded in January (especially not if it's cold). The flea market on Boxhagener Platz is much smaller and cozier, and if it's really cold, there are lot's of nice cafés right there where you can get warn. And while you're there, treat yourself with a burger at Burgeramt.
Aug 30, 2012 8:46 AM
11OP wrote: We're early 30's, enjoy bars, clubbing, eating but also some more cultural offerings and ..... some other "stuff" whatever this means.
I cannot see that the couple comes to Berlin for studies about the social and criminal structure from the ex-"DDR" or passing their three days in the slums of Berlin as both quarters, Neukölln and Kreuzberg are not really the best places, not to live, not to walk arround and for sure nothing like a top destination for tourists spending a lot of money for their short trip - as short trips are always the most expensive. As far as I remember there is no one highlight in this part of the city beside the multi-kulti and alternative snacks and ugli places to eat - restaurant is not the name for.
A little bit off topic but back to your nice explication about the canal. This Landwehrkanal goes from the Spree into the Spree after 10.7 km and the whole situation is in no moment a border between quarters of the town. The canal pass by Kreuzberg - exept the western banks for about 500 meters who are in Neukölln, Charlottenburg, Tiergarten and Moabit - that's it from the moment on when he was built in 1705. Now for your eyes only, the Weserstr. starts at the place Herrmannplatz and ends near the Unterhafen Spree or the Neuköllner Schiffahrtskanal (another canal) or the S-Bahn station Sonnenalle.
And your last tip to eat a 'Burger' in the Krossener Str / Friedrichshain.....? Well done after 4 posts.
Sep 28, 2012 12:29 PM
Why don't you leave it to the OP to decide if they like Neukölln and Kreuzberg?
If you prefer to stick to Unter den Linden and Kurfürstendamm while in Berlin - go ahead :-) But then don't talk about parts of the city that you obviously do not know.
I know both quarters very well and think they are definitely worth a visit. The North of Neukölln ("Kreuzkölln") and the bordering parts of Kreuzberg are full of bars, small shops, small fashion designers and artist's work spaces which in my opinion does fit the OP's description of what they are looking for.
Sep 28, 2012 10:55 PM
Sep 29, 2012 1:17 AM
Quote: "...passing their three days in the slums of Berlin as both quarters, Neukölln and Kreuzberg are not really the best places, not to live, not to walk arround ..."
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