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Berlin - Grouping attractions by location

Old Aug 17th, 2017, 10:23 AM
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Berlin - Grouping attractions by location

Might anyone be familiar with these very typical tourist areas we want to visit and help us "clump" them into sensible groups by location? Assuming we do not RUSH but enjoy each attraction, and devote about 7 hours each day, how many days do you think this is? THANK YOU!!!! Suzy

Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, Mauermuseum , East Side Gallery
Topographie des Terrors - Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz

Reichstag, Hackeschen Market, Berlin Wall Memorial, Alexanderplatz Gallery Lafayette

Berliner Unterwelten, Kaufhaus des Westens Denkmal fur die Ermordeten Juden Europas
The Story of Berlin Kurfurstendamm 207, Charlottenburg

Gendarmenmarkt

Prater Biergarten - Kastanienallee, Prenzlauer Berg dinner?

We plan to use the Hop ON, Hop OFF bus for one day.

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Old Aug 17th, 2017, 12:08 PM
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3 days

you have them lumped just fine.
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Old Aug 17th, 2017, 02:13 PM
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3 days ?
only wish to see all you listed from the outside.

If you actually want to visit the Rechstag, or Topography of Terroe or even K DW
you need much more time.
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Old Aug 17th, 2017, 03:33 PM
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3 seven-hour days yes will do. Many of those sights are clustered together.

Old but much still relevant:

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...in-journal.cfm
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Old Aug 17th, 2017, 03:50 PM
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Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Holocaust Museum, Denkmal fur die Ermordeten Juden Europas -Holocaust Memorial,

Checkpoint Charlie, Mauermuseum , Topographie des Terrors, Potsdamer Platz, Gallery Lafayette

Berlin Wall Memorial, East Side Gallery

Berliner Unterwelten, Kaufhaus des Westens The Story of Berlin Kurfurstendamm 207, Charlottenburg

Gendarmenmarkt, Alexanderplatz Hackeschen Market

Prater Biergarten - Kastanienallee, Prenzlauer Berg dinner?
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Old Aug 17th, 2017, 04:14 PM
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Aramis grouped it better than OP
although , some of the " groups" require taking public transit or a VERY long walk
A tour of Reichstag and the Cupola takes time ( has to be booked in advance ),
Holocoust Museum ( not exactly next door) also takes a couple of hours
The documents displyed in Topography of Terror building are extrimly interesting .
...worthwhile looking at them carefully.
Hell, even walking through department stores takes time.
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Old Aug 17th, 2017, 06:09 PM
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If you plan to tour the Reichstag and dome you'll need to book prior to your visit as it's quite limited. Here's a link with the info

https://www.bundestag.de/en/visitthe...-inhalt/245682
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 05:26 AM
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!! Quite useful!
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 09:40 AM
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Maybe just a few details:

The Holocaust Museum is part of the Holocaust Memorial which is also called (in German) Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden in Europa.
So this is actually ONE site.

Brandenburg Gate is, well, just a gate. You can look at it as long as you want, but I think you have seen all there is to see after 15 minutes.

Galleries Lafayette is closer to Gendarmenmarkt, so you can group it in whatever day.
Gendarmenmarkt itself is also not a very time-consuming sight - but you need more time if you want to visit the Cathedrals on that square.

The entrance to Berliner Unterwelten is closer to the Berlin Wall Memorial - so if distance between sights is an issue, you could do those two together.

Alexanderplatz is nothing that exciting - unless you want to go up the TV Tower. The view is great (when weather permits), and if you think about doing it, you should get tickets in advance.

Any specific reason why you plan to have "dinner" at the Prater Biergarten? It's a nice place to have, well, a beer in summer - but it's not really anything special with regard to food.
Anyway, you will find tons of restaurants and eateries on Kastanienallee and streets nearby - so you definetely won't starve
In case you want to sample the city's signature fast food: Konnopke Currywurst stand is right nearby under the elevated metro at station Eberswalder Str.
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 10:16 AM
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sorry, I confused the Holocoust Museum( close to Branderbug Gate) with the
Jewish Musem which is in a different location.

I saw nothing interesting at Alexanderplatz...( went there because of the movie)

Currywurst tastes disgusting .imo
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 10:31 AM
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Alexanderplatz to me is fascinating from its history - built in typical communist town planning of a vast concrete square with little character - amazing to see what has happened to its evolution after the fall of DDR into a more pleasant place.

But yes there is little special to see there.

To me walking from the Brandenberg Gate down the Unter den Linden is a must -you pass so so many famous sights such as the scene of Nazi book burnings - commemorated in a plaque under the pavement with glass on top of it -in Gendarmerplatz.

Under the Linden (trees) was always a showcase of Berlin and even under DDR who wanted such a showpiece that could be seen from West Berlin thru the Brandenberg Gate.

When I first visited East Berlin in the dark days of the Cold War Unter den Linden was about the only street around that looked nice. But it still was hard to find any place to even get a cup of coffee (and if you did it was undrinkable!)

One place few folks get to that I loved was Treptower Park - jammed on nice weather weekends with locals and the Soviet War Memorial which for years after the Wall fell was left to be overgrown with weeds, etc but now all cleaned up and very monumental as one would expect since it was built by East Germany to honor the Soviets (who we must remember lost millions in WW2 and without whose help Berlin and Germany may never have fallen.)
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 10:55 AM
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"the Unter den Linden is a must -you pass so so many famous sights such as the scene of Nazi book burnings - commemorated in a plaque under the pavement with"

When I was in Berlin last year in July U den L was still a mess because of the new metro line construction.
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 12:19 PM
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Unter den Linden still is a mess. I guess that the boulevard won't look pretty again before 2019 when the overground construction sites for the metro extension will be removed.

Currywurst may be a bit of an acquired taste. But you have to try it to hate it
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 12:48 PM
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Yes, I had to try it...!

btw, what is going on with the new airport?
It has been years.
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 12:54 PM
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Only in Germany have I seen "spaghetti ice" in cafes.
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 03:09 PM
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danon - don't mention the A-word in Berlin.
It's been a decade. Actually, the new airport is already a few years old without ever having one passenger.
It will be opened some day in some year. Maybe. Or not.

Pal - you need to go to New York
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyl...ghetti-gelato/
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 05:01 PM
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The Galerie Lafayette is a smaller version of the main Paris store and if you have been to the one in Paris there is little reason to go to the one in Berlin unless you are interested in something French. Better to visit the Kadewe department store imho. And yes the currywurst was disgusting.
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Old Aug 18th, 2017, 05:46 PM
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I love KDW food floor.
..When I stayed in the West it was my
breakfast/lunch go to spot.
The food area at Lafayette is also nice.
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