berlin--what to do

Old Sep 15th, 2009, 05:46 AM
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berlin--what to do

I am going to Berlin next month for the first time--what are the most important things to see and do? thanks
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 06:26 AM
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Fodors guides are a good start.
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 06:29 AM
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Do not miss the Dome of the Reichstag Building.

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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 01:26 PM
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How many days? What are your interests?

I suggest starting with one of the free walking tours offered by various companies, so you can get a sense of the city/history at the beginning.

If you love art, there's no shortage of museums in Berlin to fill up a month. Here's the list of the State Museums in Berlin:

In addition, there's the Jewish Museum and the Memorial, multiple churches, Reichstag, sections of Berlin Wall, DDR Museum, Stasi museum etc.
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 09:33 PM
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It doesn't have to be a free tour, there are other long established companies with excellent reputations that offer a wide variety of walking or bike tours for 10-15 euro. This will give you a good idea of where everything is, as well as tips about other things to do. Lots of museums in Berlin, I don't think you will run out of things to do there.
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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 03:47 AM
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Definitely the Pergamum museum for the Ishtar gate and the Pergamum altar.

To get a sense of the price paid by the Soviets taking the city in 1945, visit Treptower Park where many of them are buried.


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How many days? What are you interested in?
History, music, museums...?
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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 12:13 PM
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"what are the most important things to see and do?"

Really, how can anyone make a helpful suggestion without knowing anything about you, what you like to do, etc.?

I'll be in Berlin for the third time later this year. I have read a lot and have my four days planned based on what my husband and I enjoy - which may have zero appeal to you.

Read trip reports, do a Search on "Berlin" and research, buy some guide books and learn about the city.

Only you know your interests and travel style.
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Old Sep 17th, 2009, 08:30 PM
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Eat currywurst. Or just pommes (fries).
See the Sony Center.
Shop on the Ku'damm.
Definitely the Pergamon museum.
Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden, which is a nice walk.
Take a Velo Taxi if they still have them running, a great way to take pictures of some sights without pounding the pavement.
Visit Alexanderplatz.
Step into KaDeWe just for the experience.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 05:55 AM
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The Food Halls at KeDeWe and Galleries Lafayette (on Freidrichstrasse) are a must.

Galleries Lafayette sells Mariage Freres tea and Laduree macaroons!!!

KeDeWe sells Hediard coffee!!!!

You can eat at both places, too.

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Old Sep 23rd, 2009, 07:47 PM
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Its a cool city.
Food is great.
Go see the monster fish tank at SAS radisson.WOW!!!!!!
Have a drink under it.
Take a river cruise ,very nice.
Visit world greatest chocolate shop Fassbinder&Rauch.
Have a drink at Newton bar.
Check out the operahouse and the bakery next door.
Avoid the line for Reischtag (it takes hrs)
Visit hauptbanhoff and walk back to Gendarmenn Sq.(sp?)

have fun
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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 12:14 AM
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I second the recommendation that you not miss the Reichstag Dome. To avoid the line, book at the restaurant -- but don't fail to see it. I'd certainly put it ahead of the fish tank at the hotel.
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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 07:43 AM
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I went to the Reichstag Building on a Sunday morning and only waited 15 minutes to get in.

I thought the Newton Bar was BORING. The drinks are VERY expensive.

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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 08:04 AM
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Charlottenburg Palace is another possibility; Checkpoint Charlie museum.

the KaDeWe food hall is legendary IMO even if they sell those dreadful (sorry, Thin) reject cookies from Paris...

or take a short train ride out to Potsdam to see either the Nieuw Palace or Sans Souci..both well worth the trip IMO.
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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Go on an Original Berlin Walking Tour in English to get your bearings. I have done the historic center 4 hour tour and the tour of the Third Reich sites.

You could spend a day or two in Potsdam visiting the various palaces and gardens. The trip takes about 45 minutes on the S-Bahn. Charlottenburg could be another day with both palaces, the summer house and Belvedere and the extensive gardens.

KaDaWe with its fabulous food hall could take up hours. I ate at the Paul Bocuse counter, but every kind of cuisine is represented. You can shop for clothes, etc., as well but you can do that anywhere.

I stayed in Charlottenburg at Pension Peters and loved walking around the neighborhood looking and shopping at all the shops featuring clothing, furniture, artworks of young designers.

For Museums, the Pergamon, Neue, Altes, the Bauhaus, and the Schinkel Museum were outstanding. I also visited the Jewish Museum several years ago and well as the outdoor memorial and the Reichstag and would recommend them highly.

I don't particularly like some areas of the Mitte which everyone seems to be crazy about. While it was the historic center, it seems extremely paved and commercial to me. I prefer the green spaces of Charlottenburg.
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