Berlin / Tourist sites / MITTE

Jun 5th, 2017, 03:37 PM
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Berlin / Tourist sites / MITTE

Five free hours - one afternoon (possibly two) in Berlin - Mitte....Can we walk to the following tourist attractions? How many minutes (leisurely stroll) are they from each other? With summer lines and time spent inside etc., how many of these locations are practical to plan? How would we "bunch" them into 2 groups - one for another day?

Bebelplatz , Alexanderplatz,Berliner Fernsehturm, Berliner Dom, Gendarmenmarkt, Unter den Linden, DDR Museum, Denkmal fur die Ermordeten Juden Europas

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Jun 5th, 2017, 03:44 PM
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Bebelplatz , Alexanderplatz,Berliner Fernsehturm, Berliner Dom, Gendarmenmarkt, Unter den Linden>

ducks in a one-mile or so row-easy

others other day.

The Bundestag is also very close by the Bradnenberg Gate where the Unter den Linden begins - the new American Embassy flanks it and behind that the poignant Jewish Memorial

Detour a few blocks off Unter den Linden and take in the remains of Checkpoint Charlie - the old crossing place from West to East Berlin and check out its museum!
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Jun 5th, 2017, 05:00 PM
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The only one of the places you mentioned that will see crowds and lines is the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz. You can buy timed tickets in advance, but still allow a minimum of 30 minutes to get through security, go up, take a look, go down. 45-60 minutes is more realistic.

Berliner Dom does not get very crowded. 30 minutes to climb (!) up and down.

DDR Museum is not really huge. You don't need a lot of time to visit. IF you need to take some item off your list, this would be my first choice.

The "rest" is just walking.. and taking in the views as brief or long as you want.
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Jun 5th, 2017, 06:51 PM
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Can you walk to them? Have you used Googlemaps to locate them? It's an easier and more accurate way to tell whether or not you can walk to them.
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Jun 5th, 2017, 11:16 PM
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Thanks for reminding me..

The route from East to West would be
Alexanderplatz - TV Tower- DDR Museum - Berliner Dom - Bebelplatz - Gendarmenmarkt - Jewish Memorial.
A possible extension would be Jewish Memorial - Brandenburger Tor - Reichstag (visits require prior reservation).
Walking time only would be 30 minutes, excluding stops, visits etc.
You can catch bus 100 at Reichstag to take you back to Alexanderplatz. Or the S-Bahn at Brandenburger Tor station.

Unter den Linden boulevard still is a major (overground) construction site for the new subway. The buildings and sights are of course still visible and accessible. But the stroll "down the Linden" is not as scenic or quaint as some travel guides say while the construction is still going on.
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Jun 6th, 2017, 05:21 AM
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Very easy to do all, easily walkable. Some are very quick sites. I was there 2 weeks ago and construction took up a lot of Bebelplatz. From there just a 5 min walk or less to Gendarmenmarkt.

Personally I would take in the Deutsches Historisches Museum vs the DDR Museum. I was okay with the latter but preferred the former.
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Jun 6th, 2017, 07:42 AM
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Consider renting a bike for the afternoon at Fat Tire at either Alexanderplatz or Zoo. The bikes are super easy/casual/safe riders, and the distances in Berlin are annoyingly long and unrewarding - - a bike makes it a breeze.
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Jun 6th, 2017, 12:19 PM
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Thanks so much for all this useful information!
Would anyone know if Mauerpark has a flea market on Saturday as well as Sunday?
Bike rentals? We have not ridden a bike in years. Safe? Easy? Designated bike paths?
Reichstag Chancellery - We would love to observe, but we read that the plenary sessions are in German, of course, with no translation. True?

Museum Pass Berlin - Does this cover bus/ transportation/ as well as attractions?
Museum Island Pass
Welcome Card
Does anyone know the current cost for each? Senior pricing?

PLEASE...when you come to NYC, let us help you!
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Jun 6th, 2017, 11:40 PM
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Mauerpark flea market in on Sundays only, sorry.

Bike rentals - you find them literally anywhere in town. From hotels to convenience stores, the number of places which rent bikes has literally exploded. Or use the big names like Fat Tire as dfourh suggested.
Bike paths are hit and miss. Some are designated paths on the sidewalks, some are just a lane on the street without a physical barrier to car traffic. Otherwise you'd be using the bus lane where it exists or share the road. You must not use the sidewalks even when they are wide and there is no bike lane.

The Reichstag and the Chancellery are two seperate buildings. The plenary sessions happen in the Reichstag - and do not get translated as you assumed. They are usually dull, and you rarely see a roaring "full house". Many times, only few MPs are present during the discussions. And only for voting - if there is a vote - a substantial number of MPs will join.
Most visitors will find a visit of the dome more rewarding.
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