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 citybreak in Jan 2019 and again in March 2019.
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
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.
- Victors Residenz, Berlin, 2019 4*s, got an upgrade, to a suite which was very roomy, good if staying for a while; I wish my flat in Londn was as big. I found this via Expedia. Here’s its restaurant menu, and Trip Advisor’s 10 nearest restaurants.
- Hotel Myers, found this while looking some time before 2007, looks rather fab and don’t want to forget it
Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt, inspired by the same chain in Frankfurt
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.
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. It might be best to buy the return at the Schönefeld ticket machines; the buses only take coins. One way tickets need to be used within two hours of validation and you may not double back. Tegel is in Zone B The tube map, …
Tegel is now shut and Schönefeld has been incorporated into the new Berlin Brandenburg airport. I need to check what routes are available now. Ryan Air may be shut out of the new airport.
- Things to do at Schönefeld , by sleeping airports;
- Or Things to do near Schönefeld , by Trip Advisor
Don’t get to Schönfeld too early, it’s boring, but we’ll need to see now it’s Brandenburg.
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
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Things to do
– Lots left undone!
- Timeout suggest a top 16 to do’s.
- Should I check this out, the Bendler Block.
- The Zoo
- the Mauer Park is this the best wall memorial: probably not!
- the Flea Market at the Mauer Park ✔
- the DDR Museum, im mitte
- Karl Marx Allee, maybe best done by bike ✔
- the Panoramapunkt, at Potsdammer Platz
- the Urban Nation Museum in Schoenberg
- the Flak Tower in the Humboldthain Park, for the view
- travel the 100, audio guide from City Pirates
- East Side Gallery, once was the wall
- Stasi Museum
- Sans Souci in Potsdam
- The Botanical Gardens
- Berlin Wall Memorial
- Templehof, no longer an airport
- Visit Berlin’s History tours
- Boating, headlines & dingy sailing
- The Trabi Museum
- The Soviet War memorial at Treptow, not quite visible from the train to & from Schonfeld
- Is there anything at Wannersee?
- Peacock Island
- Fernesturm, both restaurant and viewing platform, can these be booked in advance ✔
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